With the wound of falling 16-6 to No. 1 Jones in the state championship game still fresh from last year, No. 6 Plainview (9-2) will look to get a little revenge and redemption at 7:30 p.m. tonight in Jones against the No. 1 Longhorns (11-0) in the second round of the class 3A playoffs.

With the wound of falling 16-6 to No. 1 Jones in the state championship game still fresh from last year, No. 6 Plainview (9-2) will look to get a little revenge and redemption at 7:30 p.m. tonight in Jones against the No. 1 Longhorns (11-0)  in the second round of the class 3A playoffs.

The winner of this contest will play either Berryhill or Sequoyah-Tahlequah next Friday night.

The Longhorns are a powerhouse in Class 3A and are ranked No. 1 for a reason.

Jones is riding a 26 game winning streak and has reloaded after a winning the Class 3A state championship last season.

Plainview coach Joe Price said his team is excited to face the ‘No. 1 team in the state.’

“You don’t get the opportunity to play the No. 1 team in the state very often,” he said. “When you do, you better take advantage.”

Plainview holds a 2-1 record over Jones dating back to 2006. 

Aside from last years loss in the title game, the Indians beat the Longhorns 36-19 in 2007 and 42-20 in 2006.

To get to 3-1, Price said his team will have to limit the production of sophomore quarterback JD Head and the Longhorns passing attack.

“We got to cover their guys and make them work,” Price said. 

“We did that last week and eventually Marlow turned the ball over three times in the fourth quarter. We just got to keep hanging in there and make them work for what they get and eventually some things will go your way.”

Plainview’s defense has came up big with turnovers all season. None more clutch than the two interceptions by Tyler Yakubchik, one of which that went for a touchdown, and a forced fumble by Tyler Berryhill and recovery by Britton Sperry in the fourth quarter to seal the victory over Marlow last week.

However, Longhorn quarterback JD Head hasn’t been given opposing defenses too many turnovers this season. 

On the way to passing for 2,358 yards, Head has thrown 34 touchdowns  and six interceptions, completing over 68 percent of his passes. 

With Head at the helm, the Longhorns have averaged 52 points per game this season.

Last year, the Longhorns came into the state  championship averaging over 51 points per game before the Indians held Jones to their lowest scoring point total all season, surrendering just two touchdowns to the eventual state champions.

Fresh off the heels of a 67-48 barn burner with Marlow last week, Price said his team has proven its ability to win in both high scoring shootouts and defensive slugfests, but he’d prefer to see the latter on Friday.

Plainview’s offense scored at will last week with quarterback Spencer Somerville racking up 364 yards and 5 total touchdowns, and CJ Jefferson carrying the ball for 97 yards and two touchdowns without a fumble. 

Price said they will need to win the turnover battle again for the Indians to have success in the matchup with Jones.

“We’ve got to avoid turnovers and possess the ball,” he said. 

“They’re very good offensively, so we need to keep them off the field as much as possible. We need some long extended drives.”

While the Longhorns have showed balanced numbers in their path of destruction through the first 11 games of this season, Price said he expects the Longhorns to come out throwing downfield on Friday.

“I think they (Jones) want to throw it first and from there they’ll run the ball,” he said. “They do a good job of counting numbers in the box in the run/pass option.” 

Price added there’s not too much to gather from the 16-6 loss to Jones last year for this year, but he did say the game has given his team a little extra motivation.

“You never want to lose to anybody twice,” Price said. “It definitely adds a little motivation for us. I think there’s a familiarity with the other team. They are quite a bit different this year, defensively they’re very similar. I think it’ll make for a good matchup.”