Plainview senior running back Eli Paul recalls sparinting 60 yards after his younger brother Scotty caught a 67-yard touchdown pass in Plainview’s Sept. 2 game at Elgin, patting him on the helmet and exchanging a hug.
“It was all a blur,” Scotty said. “I wasn’t even supposed to be in the time. (Zane) Hudson was on the sideline getting stretched. I just ran out there. Coach (Joe Price) told me to run a fade. As soon as I looked through that shoulder, I saw Brewster throw the ball, adjusted. He made a really good throw. I saw open field.”
Eli said that joy of watching Scotty score a touchdown didn’t come as a big surprise.
“Scotty has always been a lanky kid with a ton of speed with long arms, has always been able to catch the ball very well,” Eli said. “When you watch him, you have the most confidence in him to make a play, no matter the circumstance.”
Eli recalls his mother Kim raising her hands and saying to him and Scotty “Oh gosh, “I’m so proud of y’all” after the Sept. 2 game.
It wasn’t the first time when Kim and her husband Tommy got to see Eli and Scotty reach the end zone in the same game.
In Plainview’s 62-6 win against Lone grove on Sept. 23, Eli led all rushers with 135 yards and three touchdowns, while Scotty scampered from 20 yards out for a score.
“That was pretty cool,” Tommy said. “I remember someone mentioning it on Facebook if it had ever happened when two brothers from Plainview scored in the same game. I don’t remember if it ever happened. I heard about a set of twins that played but weren’t sure if they scored.”
As former quarterbacks, Eli and Scotty understand where everyone is supposed to be lined up on the field, which route trees the wide receivers are supposed to run and all of the blocking assignments.
Eli played quarterback all throughout youth tackle football and then in in junior high while living in Ada.
Yet, Eli had to adjust to a new position when his family moved to Ardmore before his freshman season. He knew the talent pool that Plainview had coming up from middle school. He was well aware that Brewster had a good chance to start.

“Me and Brewster competed throughout junior high,” Eli said. “I knew who he was. He was always a tremendous athlete, still is.”

Come time for his freshman season, Eli, who was coming off shoulder surgery. didn’t mind a change in positions.

“Actually, I was pretty excited,” Eli said. “There is a lot of stuff on the quarterback’s plate. Brewster does a great job of knowing what everyone knows. At running back, I just worry about what I have to do.”

Scotty, meanwhile, started tackle football in the fourth grade and his team went 7-1 in his first season with him at quarterback.

Scotty’s older brothers, Chase and Clint, and his father, Tommy, saw potential in him from the very beginning.

“They told me to stick with it and I’ll be good,” Scotty said. Clint starred in baseball and football and went on to play baseball collegiately at Abilene Christian University. Tommy is a 1983 Plainview High School graduate who played at tight end and outside linebacker.

Eli was in shock after he rushed for a season-high 323 yards on just 18 carries with two touchdowns in the Indians’ 41-12 rout of Pauls Valley on Sept. 30.

“I had a reporter come up to me and tell me,” Eli said. “The first thing that I did was laugh. It’s just one of those things that is shocking when you hear that stat, because not everyone achieves that. I just laughed and looked at him, ‘Are you kidding me?’”

For the season, Eli has 953 rushing yards with seven touchdowns.

“He does a great job,” Plainview coach Joe Price said. “He’s really hard to tackle, has got great balance. Over in his years in high school, he has gotten faster and faster. I think it’s just a testament to the time and effort that he has put in to getting stronger and faster. The kid has just got a great work ethic and really done everything you expect for him to progress over the years.”

Eli plans to play collegiate football and his preference is to attend a Christian school.

Eli said him and Scotty wouldn’t be where they are today if it wasn’t for toughness instilled by their older brothers and father.

“They made us tougher, always picking on us when they get the chance,” Eli said. “They made us tougher knowing that if you can take on your brother that you can take on someone your own age.”