PLAINVIEW — The Plainview Indians relied on a strong defense and took advantage of six Lone Grove turnovers to pull away for a 35-0 Homecoming victory over the Longhorns Friday night at Plainview Stadium.

PLAINVIEW — The Plainview Indians relied on a strong defense and took advantage of six Lone Grove turnovers to pull away for a 35-0 Homecoming victory over the Longhorns Friday night at Plainview Stadium. 

Although Plainview gave up yards of offense to Lone Grove, their defense came up strong on several occasions to stop the Longhorns short of the end zone, especially in the second half.

Plainview 4-1, 1-0, took the lead on its initial possession. 

The Indians began at their own 22 yard line, and drove 78 yards in four minutes with quarterback Spencer Somerville scoring on a keeper around the right end with just under five minutes left in the quarter.

But Plainview wasn’t through with scoring

On Lone Grove’s third offensive play of its next series, Longhorns quarterback Montana Stafford threw a pass that was picked off by Plainview’s Jermaine Scallion. 

Scallion returned it to the LG four-yard line before a penalty sent Plainview back to the Longhorn 38. 

On the first play from scimmage Somerville handed the ball to sophomore receiver, Blake Nowell.  

Nowell circled the left end and took it the distance for a touchdown to give Plainview a quick 14-0 lead.

Nowell finished the game with the 38-yard touchdown run on the ground and caught six passes from Somerville for 52 yards and one touchdown.

Lone Grove (0-4, 0-1), continued to have problems hanging onto the football. 

In its next series of downs they drove to their own 46-yard line. 

An errant pitch by Stafford to running back Shelden Brown was recovered by Plainview’s Justin Anderson at the Longhorn 44 yard line with a minute left in the first quarter. And this set up another short field for the Indians

Eight plays later Somerville hit Jake Geurin over the middle with a 6-yard scoring pass that made it a 21-0 game going into the halftime break. 

Somerville finished the game with 12 carries for 90 yards and was 11-for-15 passing with 125 yards. 

Somerville scored twice on the ground an threw two touchdown passes.

“We knew coming in it would be important that we shut down their running game,” Plainview coach Joe Price said.

“They did a good job of establishing their rushing game, but I thought we did a pretty fair job of shutting it down for the most part. Our defense continues to play well, and on offense we had a couple of touchdowns called back due to penalties.”

On its first second half possession, Plainview’s C.J. Jefferson lost the handle, and Lone Grove’s Jessey Cantrell recovered for the Longhorns at the Lone Grove 43-yard line

But on the first Longhorns snap of their possession Brown returned the favor with another Lone Grove fumble and a host of Plainview defenders covered it giving the Indians the ball at the Longhorn 43-yard line again.

Plainview wasted no time as they moved the 43 yards in two minutes to gain another score. This time Somerville hit Nowell at the 10-yard line, and Nowell took it the rest of the way for a touchdown and a 28-0 Indian lead.

“You just cannot give a good team like Plainview five turnovers and expect to win,” Lone Grove coach Trey Owens said. “They took advantage of all our mistakes. We continue to be our own worst enemy. Our defense was on the field a long time tonight, and they got a little tired. We don’t have the numbers right now to rotate players in and out like we would prefer to do.” 

“But give Plainview credit. They made the plays when they had to make them,” Owens added.” 

“(Blake) Nowell is someone you have to have an eye on every play. And (Spencer) Somerville is extremely fast. They are game changers for sure.”

The Indians started their final scoring drive with three minutes left in the third quarter. 

On the first play of the fourth Somerville scored on a 5-yard run to put Plainview on top 35-0 and end the game’s scoring.

The Longhorns had two long, sustained drives in the second half, but they turned the ball over on downs both times, once at the Indians’ 17-yard line in the third and on the Plainview 16-yard line in the fourth. 

The Indian defense bent but did not break down the stretch.

“They had those two long drives in the second half, but our defense continues to come up big,” Price said. “We stopped them when we needed to, and that’s a credit to the will of the defensive players. Offensively we were able to take advantage of their mistakes and get touchdowns from them. It was a good team win for us.”

Brown led the Longhorns with 20 carries for 76 yards.

The Indians are on the road the next two weeks. 

They travel to Pauls Valley to take on the Panthers this Friday and head to Agee Field for a key match-up with the Sulphur Bulldogs on October 13. 

Plainview will then have its open date the following week.

The Longhorns meanwhile will travel to Sulphur this Friday for a game against the Bulldogs and return to Longhorn Field October 6 to take on the Dickson Comets, with a game against Seminole next.