While the Plainview Indians weren’t orginally scheduled to open the 2018 season at home, they more than took advantage of the opportunity Friday night against Elgin.

While the Plainview Indians weren’t orginally scheduled to open the 2018 season at home, they more than took advantage of the opportunity Friday night against Elgin. 

The Indians managed to score 26 first half points, while the Plainview defense held solid throughout all four quarters, leading to a 26-9 victory at Plainview Stadium. 

Elgin was originally scheduled to host the Indians, but due to construction on the Owls football stadium, the game was switched. 

Plainview (1-0) who is No. 2 in Class 3A, started slow and fell behind early in the first quarter. 

On their initial possession junior quarterback Brock Parham lost the ball and the Owls recovered the fumble at the Indians 16-yard line. 

Three plays later Elgin halfback Christian Houston scored on an 8-yard run to put the Owls up 7-0 two minutes into the game.

Two possessions later the Indians struck for their first touchdown. Following an Owl punt Plainview took over at their own 44-yard line. Seven rushing plays later, Jaxon Clemons took the ball over the right tackle and ran it in from 12 yards out for the touchdown. 

A 2-point conversion was run in by Parham to put Plainview up 8-7 with just over three minutes left in the first quarter.

Elgin would make a costly mistake on the ensuing kickoff when  Zac Kazmeriski fumbled the ball, allowing Reese Somerville to get the recovery at the Owls 17-yard line 

Two plays later Payton Webber scored his first touchdown as an Plainview player on a 1-yard run, before running in the 2-point conversion for a 16-7 Indians lead.

“I was pretty pleased with the way we were able to gain positive yardage in the first half,” Plainview coach Joe Price said. 

“We do need to clean some things up offensively, but I have found we always make good progress between games one and two in our practice sessions. Sanger will be here Friday night. They traditionally have a strong team in Texas football, and we need to have our issues ironed out to be ready for them.”

Just before halftime, Blake Nowell got behind the Owls defense, and Parham found him with a perfectly thrown pass at the Elgin 30-yard line and scored easily for an Indians touchdown that put Plainview up 23-7. 

Webber and Tyson Al-Jbour led the Indians rushing attack with 35 yards each. Seneca Coleman had 59 rushing yards, and Houston finished with 55 yards for the Owls.

“With the defense making stops deep in our own territory, we spend a lot of time just moving the ball out where we could open things up a bit,” Price said. 

“Brock has a good arm, and Blake has good speed and good hands. That was a big play for us that not only changed field position but gave us seven points we needed.”

The final Plainview points of the game came on the last play of the first half when Plainview’s Kenny Sutherlin nailed a 32-yard field goal that put the Indians on top 26-7 at halftime

Following a scoreless third quarter, the Plainview defense had two big stops in the fourth to maintain their advantage. A 9-play, 50-yard drive by the Owls ended when the Indians defense stopped the march inside the 1-yard line with 9:25 to go.

Moments later, Elgin got its first points in over 38 minutes of playing time when Jon Calvert tackled Parham in the end zone for a safety.

“Those three defensive stops were important and pretty impressive for our team.” Price said. “We made the offensive plays we needed to in the first half.”    

Plainview (1-0) will host Sanger at 7:30 p.m. Friday night at Plainview Stadium in Ardmore.