With a home playoff game already secured for next week, the regular season finale for the No. 7 Plainview Indians will be all about sharpening skills.

With a home playoff game already secured for next week, the regular season finale for the No. 7 Plainview Indians will be all about sharpening skills.

At 7 p.m. Thursday night at Moses F. Miller Stadium in Oklahoma City, the Indians will take on the last-placed Douglass Trojans.

Plainview has already locked up second place in district 3A-2 with an overall record of 7-2 and 5-1 in district play. The Indians will face the loser of the John Marshall/Kingfisher contest next week in the opening round of the playoffs. 

While the Trojans enter their final game of 2018 with a 1-8 record overall and a winless 0-6 mark in district play, Indians coach Joe Price has been quick to dismiss talk about this being an easy game.

“We know we have to play at our best every game because we always seem to get the other team’s best,” Price said. 

“Douglass is a solid opponent, and they have the ability to put some points up on you if you have a letdown. They have been deep in the playoffs recently and have fallen on hard times this year. But we respect their team and their coaching staff. We want to finish the season on a winning note.”

According to Price, the Trojans have a number of skilled athletes that can get the job done, and they vary their defense a bit to keep their opponents second-guessing. 

“They (Douglass) run out of a spread offensive formation most of the time,” he said. 

“They also have an excellent running back and some talented receivers that can pose some problems.”

“Douglass is  about a 60-40 run/pass team,” Price added. “When they spread you out, you never know for sure what they have called on the play, so you need to be ready for anything.”

Last week the Indians got an unexpected test against the Pauls Valley Panthers on Senior Night, but managed to come away with a 28-14 victory.

Douglass meanwhile proved to be the last step for the Sulphur Bulldogs in claiming the district 3A-2 championship as the Trojans were defeated at Calvin Agee Field by a score of 60-28. 

These two teams last met one another in the second round of the playoffs in 2016 at Plainview Stadium when the Indians won 42-7. 

The last time the Indians visited Moses F. Miller Stadium in 2015, they managed to come away with a narrow 49-46 victory over the Trojans. 

“Douglass runs several defenses but are normally in a 5-2 or a 4-3,” Price said. 

“They mix it up a bit, and you need to make sure you are one step ahead of them.” 

“We are hopeful that we can get a good lead early and move players in and out to gain rest and keep from having injuries,” Price added. 

“We definitely do not need any injuries with the caliber of teams we will be playing in the playoffs, we need everyone healthy.”

The playoffs will begin next Friday night at Plainview Stadium.