While Friday might have started out with gray skies and rain falling down at Plainview Stadium, it ended with plenty of sunshine and heat.

While Friday might have started out with gray skies and rain falling down at Plainview Stadium, it ended with plenty of sunshine and heat.

The Plainview Indians however, had no such trouble navigating anything that was thrown at them at any part of the day, as they cruised to the championship title at the second annual Fellowship of Christian Athletes Southern Oklahoma Elite 7-on-7 football tournament.

It was a sense of redemption for the Indians from the inaugural run of the tournament, as they were eliminated from bracket play in the semifinals.

This time however, Plainview left no doubt who the best team on the field was.

“I think we have to keep everything in perspective,” Plainview coach Joe Price said. “It’s like I told the kids though, we’re working towards a real gold ball this season, and not one during a 7-on-7 tournament. Once you start putting on those pads and going to hit each other, it’s a whole different deal.”

Following the conclusion of the pool play games, the athletes and coaches in attendance were treated to a trio of special speakers during lunch which included Oklahoma’s Rodney Anderson, Mike Jones and Spencer Jones. 

Plainview’s varsity squad drew a bye in bracket play by being the top overall seed.

The Indians second team was eliminated by Lexington in the opening round of bracket play, while the Comanche Indians eliminated the Beaver Dusters, who drove more than five hours to be apart of the tournament.

The Ardmore Tigers, who fielded a team consisting of incoming freshman this season, were eliminated in bracket play against the Bethel Wildcats, despite fighting back from a double-digit deficit late in the game.

Ardmore did manage to grab a victory in pool play over the Wildcats as they kept them out of the end zone for a while.

When it was time for the Indians varsity team to take the field for the semifinals, they made quick work of dispensing the Bulldogs from Lexington, booking their place in the finals.

In the other semifinal contest, the Wildcats were able to take down the Comanche Indians.

Plainview was in top form during the finals, as the Indians kept the Wildcats out of the end zone the entire game, while scoring three touchdowns of their own to cruise to the overall title.

Coach Price praised the way his skills players played on the day, and was pleased to see the overall effort out of his team.

“All of our skill guys did a great job,” he said. “Blake Nowell had a great day at receiver, I’m not sure how many touchdowns he caught, but he caught a bunch. Our backs did a great job and our other receivers caught the ball really well. Our quarterbacks had a great showing also. Overall, I was pleased with what we were able to get out of today for sure, and it was great to win as well.”