SEMINOLE — The Plainview Indians’ bend but don’t break defense didn’t do much bending Friday night, shutting out the Seminole Chieftains 20-0 from Chieftain Stadium.
With temperatures dipping below 40 degrees and playoff seeding implications on the line, Plainview’s defense stood tall and stifled the Chieftains to 144 total yards of offense.
Plainview head coach Joe Price said his defense came up big in the win.
“They did a good job of getting lined up and getting after the football,” Price said. “We really played physical and we had a good plan for what Seminole does and the kids executed.”
On Seminole’s first offensive play of the game, the Chieftains were dealt a costly blow, losing starting quarterback Cade Hammond to injury after a Plainview sack.
With sophomore quarterback Hunter Wertz at the helm, the Chieftain offense was held to 50 yards in the first half.
Plainview’s offense, led by quarterback Spencer Somerville and running back CJ Jefferson, showed no signs of being affected by the brisk weather.
Jefferson carried the ball for 118 yards and two TDs in addition to being on the receiving end of a 10-yard touchdown pass to ice the game for the Indians in the fourth quarter.
Dual-threat quarterback Spencer Somerville diced up the Seminole defense, consistently moving the chains through the air and on the ground.
Somerville had one touchdown and an interception on 139 yards passing in addition to carrying the ball for 108 yards.
With the win, Plainview improves to (7-2, 4-1) and puts themselves in position to host a playoff game with its final matchup against the Madill Wildcats next week. Seminole falls to (7-2, 4-1) and will face No. 4 Sulphur next week.
With a healthy dose of Jefferson and Somerville, Plainview set the tone quickly, marching 69 yards to score on the opening drive of the game. CJ Jefferson got his first touchdown of the game, diving into the end zone from the 1-yard line to give the Indians a 7-0 lead.
Later in the first quarter, Plainview marched 85 yards down the field to open up a 13-0 lead.
Somerville put the Indians in scoring position after connecting with Plainview’s Justin Anderson on a 29-yard reception. Jefferson then found paydirt for his second score of the game, bruising 9-yards to give the Indians a 13-point cushion.
After the early scoring barrage, the Chieftain and Indian defenses held each other scoreless for the next two quarters.
After holding the Plainview offense to a punt following a big interception by Plainview’s Tyler Yakubchik, Seminole appeared to be launching a comeback bid in the fourth quarter.
With 6 minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, after being stymied all game, the Chieftain offense began showing signs of life, breaking off big gains on the ground to move deep into Plainview territory.
After driving 60 yards, the Chieftains needed two yards on fourth down, but the Plainview defense stiffened its spine once again, stopping Hunter Wertz an inch short of the first down marker to force a turnover on downs.
After the huge defensive stand, the Plainview offense iced the game, driving 79 yards for its final touchdown of the game.
Plainview didn’t get too conservative in its play calling on the drive.
Facing a 3rd and 7 with 4 minutes remaining in the game, the Plainview offense opted to use its aerial attack, catching the Seminole defense off guard after Somerville connected with Plainview receiver Lane Ross on a 46-yard bomb to put the Indians deep in Chieftain territory.
Four plays later, Somerville went to the air again, this time connecting with running back CJ Jefferson on a 10-yard touchdown pass to seal the game at 20-0.
Plainview will play its final game of the regular season against the Madill Wildcats at 7:30 p.m. Friday from Plainview Stadium. Seminole will travel to Sulphur to face the No. 4 Sulphur Bulldogs at 7:30 p.m. Friday night from Agee Field.
The playoffs would begin the following week with times and opponents to be announced.