PAULS VALLEY—It seems so far in district play, the No. 5 Plainview Indians have hit another level.

PAULS VALLEY—It seems so far in district play, the No. 5 Plainview Indians have hit another level.

Friday night PHS earned its second consecutive district shutout, this time against the Pauls Valley Panthers, Friday, in a 27-0 victory at Wacker Stadium.

Plainview coach Joe Price said his defense came up big when it mattered.

“Defensively we had a bunch of guys play really well,” he said. 

“Anytime you shut somebody out like that, you know you played good. Our secondary did a real good job. In Pauls Valley’s other games they completed deep balls on people and we did a good job of not letting them do that tonight.” 

While the Plainview defense was impregnable on the road against Pauls Valley, the Indians offense clicked on all cylinders, racking up 237 yards on the ground with a balanced running attack.

Plainview moves to 5-1 and 2-0 in district after the victory. Pauls Valley falls to 1-4 and 0-1 in district.

Pauls Valley had two weeks to prepare for its district opener against Plainview, but the Indians didn’t let it show. 

With the Panthers defense keyed in on Plainview quarterback Spencer Somerville and his favorite target, Blake Nowell, the Indians impressive stable of running backs took control to start the game.

Plainview running back Jermaine Scallion got the scoring started for the Indians on the opening drive. 

Showcasing his tough running, Scallion barreled 18 yards through the heart of the Panther defense while dragging three Panther tacklers over the goalline to bring the score to 7-0.

Pauls Valley QB Tate Christian and the Panthers offense looked poised to respond, marching 47 yards into Indian territory. But Plainview’s Taylor Johnson came up with a sack on third down, snuffing the Panthers momentum and forcing a punt. 

After being stacked deep in in their own territory, Plainview quarterback Spencer Somerville orchestrated an 84-yard drive, attacking the Panthers defense with his legs and his arm. 

After completing a 20-yard toss to receiver Blake Nowell, Somerville scrambled into the endzone from the 6 yard line to bring Plainview’s lead to 14-0.

On the ensuing possession, the Panthers offense once again mounted a promising drive. 

Tate Christian drove the ball 60 yards, but Plainview’s bend but don’t break defense once again stiffened its spine. 

With Pauls Valley threatening at the Indians 26 yard line, Plainview’s Jermaine Scallion showed his ability as a two-way player, intercepting Tate to protect the district shutout.

However, the Indians gave the ball back on the next play after Somerville’s pass was intercepted, forcing Plainview’s defense back on the field at its own 30 yard line with 1:22 remaining in the first half. 

Despite being sent back on the field after a crucial turnover, the Indians defense stood tall once again, forcing a turnover on downs to protect a 14-0 lead going into halftime. 

For Plainview it was more of the same in the second half.

After forcing a Pauls Valley punt, Plainview cashed in on a unrelenting 77-yard drive to get the scoring started in the third quarter. 

Plainview rushed the ball 12 consecutive times on the drive with Plainview running back CJ Jefferson carrying the ball for a one-yard touchdown to bring the score to 20-0.

Pauls Valley threatened to score and mount a second half comeback on its next possession, marching down to Plainview’s 4-yard line. 

But the Indians grinded out goal-line stand, forcing an incompletion on 4th and goal to keep its shutout intact.

After the Panthers forced a rare Plainview punt, the Indian defense got its second turnover of the game after Britton Sperry recovered a fumble at Plainview’s 47 yard line. 

With good field position, Plainview’s offense did its part and sealed the game on the next possession. 

Somerville started the drive with a 19-yard scramble to put the Indians within striking distance, and Scallion ended the drive, finding paydirt from the 13 yard line to bring the score to 27-0.

Scallion led Plainview’s rushing attack, carrying the ball 11 times for 75 yards and scoring two touchdowns. 

Somerville had eight carries for 78 yards and a touchdown in addition to 7-of-15 passing for 74 yards and an interception. CJ Jefferson carried the ball 13 times for 72 yards and a touchdown. 

“Our defense played really, really well and we had some bright spots on offense,” Price said. “Pauls Valley was able to possess the ball for quite a bit of time and we didn’t get as many possessions offensively to score a lot of points, but all in all I thought the kids played really well.”

The Indians will  take their open week Friday night before returning to action against Sulphur on Oct. 13.

Games against the Dickson Comets, Seminole and Madill will then follow the next three weeks in district play.

Pauls Valley meanwhile will be taking on Sulphur Friday night.