It’s hard to break down a solid line.

It’s hard to break down a solid line.

This was unforunately the lesson the No. 2 Plainview Indians learned the hard way Friday night.

The No. 3 Class 4A Tuttle Tigers managed to do what no team has done thus far in 2018, handing Plainview a 34-19 defeat at Plainview Stadium, giving the Indians their first defeat of the season. 

Tuttle (3-0), in Class did a lot of damage running between the tackles and finished with 230 rushing yards on 51 carries.

Tigers tailback Triston Truelove had 39 carries for 173 yards and two touchdowns. 

Through the air Tuttle was equally effective as quarterback Carson Berryhill was 11-of-16 for 203 yards and three touchdowns. 

“Tuttle is a very good football team, and they were strong with their line play,” Plainview coach Joe Price said. 

“They have great skilled people. Both their quarterback and their tailback are extremely talented. We made the mistake of letting ourselves get in a hole early that we could not dig out of.”

The Tigers took the opening kick-off and drove 80 yards on nine plays to take a lead they would not relinquish. Berryhill hit Camden Periman with a 13-yard pass to make it 7-0 early. 

Tuttle took a 13-0 lead early in the second quarter on a 1-yard run by Truelove.

Plainview (2-1) got on the board with five minutes left in the first half on a 12-play drive that stalled at the Tuttle 15-yard line, before Kenny Sutherlin nailed a 32-yard field goal.

Following an Indian punt to the Tuttle 37-yard line, the Tigers struck on a 53-yard scoring strike from Berryhill to Periman. 

But the Indians needed just 66 seconds to hit pay-dirt. 

Their 73-yard drive ended with quarterback Brock Parham hitting Blake Nowell with a 28-yard touchdown pass with five seconds to go till halftime, leaving Plainview within striking distance at 19-11. 

With 5:30 left in the third though, Plainview running back Jaxon Clemons was trapped in the end zone by a furious Tuttle rush for a safety that made it 21-11.

A punt from Plainview gave Tuttle possession at mid-field. 

Ten plays later the Tigers built their advantage to 28-11 whenBerryhill again hit Peraman, this time for 26 yards for the touchdown.

Plainview’s running game suffered with a number of quarterback sacks that limited their rushing output to 58 yards on 25 carries. 

Parham was 14-of-28 through the air for 176 yards and both Indian touchdowns. 

Clemons led the ground game with seven carries for 50 yards. 

Britton Sperry had two catches for 76 yards, including a 66-yard reception late in the game. Blake Nowell had 73 yards on six receptions.

One last drive by the Tigers put the game on ice early in the fourth. 

Tuttle used 13 running plays right up the middle to drive 77 yards using 6:12 of clock time to make it a 34-11 score. Truelove took it in from the one yard line with 5:34 remaining in the fourth. 

“I thought we played good football, but we did make a few mistakes,” Price said. “You can’t make mistakes against a team like Tuttle and not pay for it. We now have our bye week before we start district play. We want to work on some things to help us get ready for that part of our schedule. The week off should help us.”

Plainview got one last score when Lane Ross pushed his way in from two yards out with just over four minutes left in the fourth. 

Plainview will travel to Purcell to take on the Dragons on Friday September 21 following their bye week.