When it comes to the playoffs, an opening round statement can sometimes send shockwaves throughout the state.

When it comes to the playoffs, an opening round statement can sometimes send shockwaves throughout the state.

The No. 6 Plainview Indians definitely sent a clear message Friday night at Plainview Stadium. 

A 42-point first half set the tone, as the Indians overwhelmed the defending Class 3A state champion No. 7 John Marshall Bears 45-6, in the opening round of the Class 3A playoffs. 

Plainview (9-2) will now move on to the state quarterfinals, where the Indians will play No. 5 Lincoln Christian Friday night in Tulsa. 

Lincoln Christian won its opening round playoff game 61-21 against Verdigris Friday night. 

The six points for the Bears (8-3) was their lowest offensive total of the season, as John Marshall came into the contest averaging 50.4 points per game this season. 

The 45 points was also the most allowed this season by the Bears in the regular season or the playoffs. 

“I thought our defense played well, and we had a good game plan going into this game,” Plainview coach Joe Price said. “We really needed to shut down a couple of their receivers and put pressure on their quarterback, and the kids did a great job of doing that.”

Although the final score didn’t show this game being close, in the first quarter both teams looked ready for a shootout.

The Indians took their opening drive down the field with ease, and put points on the board first after Brock Parham connected with Blake Nowell on a four yard touchdown pass to make it 7-0. 

The Bears would take over next and score on their first drive as well when Jordan Marsh completed a 30-yard pass Collin Rote who broke a few tackles on his way to the end zone, to make it 7-6 after the failed two-point conversion.

As the second quarter began, so did the Indians taking full control of the contest. 

Parham would connect with Reis Taylor for his second touchdown of the game to start the quarter, this one from 15-yards out, making it a 14-6 score. 

Following a Bears fumble by Marsh, the first of four turnovers recorded by the Indians on the night, Plainview went back to work. 

On the ensuing drive, it took just seven plays for the Indians to march down the field and score, when Parham threw his third touchdown pass of the game to Nowell to give them a 21-6 lead. 

The second quarter offensive explosion was not over for the Indians, however.  

Tyson Al J’Bour punched it in from 20-yards out to make it 28-6, before Reis Taylor caught Parham’s fourth touchdown pass of the night from 10-yards out to make it 35-6. 

Just before the end of the first half, the Indians defense went out in style. 

Following a defensive penalty, the Bears were granted an untimed down. 

Marsh would throw an errant pass down field on the ensuing play, which was picked off by Caleb Brunson, who preceded to dash his way 87-yards for the touchdown, sending Plainview into the locker room up 42-6. 

Offensively, Parham was the star of the night for the Indians.

He finished 16-for-18 for 206 yards and three touchdowns. 

Jaxon Clemons was the leading rusher for Plainview finishing with 13 carries for 65 yards. 

With the help of his receivers, Parham did not have his first incompletion until the end of the third quarter.

“My receivers are just fantastic they are always making great plays,” Parham said. 

“Credit to the offensive line tonight, they were unbelievable tonight.”