Sometimes it’s better to do more with less.

Sometimes it’s better to do more with less.

This was the case Friday night as the No. 6 Plainview Indians had the football for just seven offensive possessions, but were able to score on four of them to come away with a hard-fought 28-14 victory over Pauls Valley Friday night at Plainview Stadium. 

The win guaranteed the Indians of a second place finish in District 3A-2 and an opening round play-off game at Plainview Stadium, while improving the Indians to 7-2 overall and 5-1 in district play.

Plainview will finish the regular season at 7 p.m. Thursday night at Moses F. Miller Stadium in Oklahoma City against the Douglass Trojans. 

Pauls Valley chose to run out of a “Wishbone” offensive formation, and managed to chew up huge chunks of time.

Yardage-wise, Pauls Valley was content to run straight up the middle for small gains the entire game, and was successful with their game plan in all areas except the one that counted.

“We knew what they would attempt to do on offense, and that was to run the ball and eat up clock,” Plainview coach Joe Price said. 

“They wanted to keep our offense off the field, and since they did not have any turnovers that worked well for them. I have to hand it to Pauls Valley. They played well and proved to be a strong opponent.”

Plainview appeared ready for a Panther on-side kick to start the game, as the Indians recovered the onside and started at their own 47-yard line. 

Just two plays were needed for the Indians to strike first as a 13-yard run by quarterback Brock Parham moved the chains to the Pauls Valley 40-yard line, before Jaxon Clemons scored on a 40-yard run that gave the Indians a 7-0 lead 19 seconds into the game. 

Pauls Valley quarterback Jack Grimmett managed to get the Panthers back in the game later in the first when he scored on a keeper play from one yard out to pull Pauls Valley within 7-6. 

Heading to the second quarter Plainview had snapped the ball on offense just two times in the opening frame but had a one-point lead.

The Indians showed their offensive strength on their second offensive possession as the Indians drove 65 yards on eight plays and used 3:39 of clock time to move up 14-6. 

A 10-yard run by Parham for the touchdown gave the Indians a 14-6 lead, which held up at the break. 

Pauls Valley went three-and-out to start the third, which allowed Plainview was able to gain some momentum. 

The Indians’ Payton Webber scored on a 29-yard scramble play that finished off a 7-play, 69-yard drive to put Plainview up 21-6 with six minutes remaining in the third.

But the Panthers had one more strong offensive march left in them. 

This time they used 9:33 of clock time and drove 67 yards on 21 plays to trim the Indian lead to seven points, when Grimmett again scored on a one-yard quarterback keeper play that made the score 21-14 with 8:32 remaining in the game.

The Plainview offense was now called upon to deliver a knock-out punch, which came just two minutes later.

A five-play 55-yard drive was capped off with a six-yard plunge from Clemons, putting the Indians up 28-14 with 6:23 left in regulation. 

The big play in the drive was a circus catch along the sideline by junior receiver Blake Nowell of a Parham pass that gained 35 yards and moved the Indians inside the Panther red zone.

The Panthers finished the night with 67 offensive snaps to just 34 by the Indians. 

Pauls Valley had the ball for 32 minutes to Plainview’s 16 minutes, but the Indians made the most of their possessions and stiffened on defense at key times to hold Pauls Valley to just two touchdowns. Overall Plainview had a 196-156 advantage in rushing yards and a 285-212 edge in total offensive yards.      

“I thought our offense played very well,” Price said. “We just did not have the kind of time we needed for the offense to really break out. Pauls Valley is better than their record indicates. They did a good job of controlling the game tempo.” 

“We were fortunate to be able to substitute in people on our defensive front to keep fresh people in there to make stops,” Price added. 

“When we got the ball on offense, however, we did show the ability to move quickly for scores. They got the job done, and It was an important win for us because wanted to maintain our record to gain a playoff game at home.”