TULSA — Turnovers can often make or break a team during the playoffs.

TULSA — Turnovers can often make or break a team during the playoffs.

Unfortunately for the No. 6 Plainview Indians, they ended their season Friday night in the state quarterfinals. 

A pair of fumbles along with a blocked punt eventually doomed Plainview against No. 5 Lincoln Christian, as the Indians were eliminated 34-21 at Dennis Byrd Stadium in Tulsa. 

Plainview ends its season at 9-3, while Lincoln Christian improved to 11-1. 

“I thought we had a really good year,” Plainview coach Joe Price said. 

“We played a tough schedule and played some really good games. I am just proud of the work the seniors put in and the kids as a whole.”

On the Indians first play of the game, running back Jaxson Clemens was stripped of the ball on the 25 yard and was recovered by the Bulldogs. Three plays later, Bulldog quarterback Chase Ricke put his team on the board with a 10-yard touchdown run to put Lincoln Christian up 7-0 just 66 seconds into the game. 

Plainview managed to fight back though when it got the ball back. 

On the Indians ensuing possession, quarterback Brock Parham marched his team down the field on a 10-play drive that ended with Parham scoring from 16 yards out to tie the game at 7-7 with 7:43 left in the opening quarter. 

Both teams struggled with penalties throughout the night as a total of 26 penalties were called between the two squads for 228 yards, with 17 of them being called in the first half for 149 yards. 

Lincoln Christian regained the lead in the second quarter when Josh Kaste scored from two-yards out to make it 14-7 with 10:35 left before halftime. 

A block in the back penalty on the ensuing kickoff forced the Indians to start their next drive from their own five yard line. 

Despite the bad field position, Plainview managed to go 95-yards in 12 plays, with Peyton Webber scoring from two yards out to tie the game at 14-14 with just over five minutes to go before halftime. 

Unfortunately, the Bulldogs had one more ace up their sleeve before the end of the first half.

A blocked punt from Josh Harwell set Lincoln Christian up on the Plainview four-yard line, where  Brendyn Harris eventually scored from two yards out to give the Bulldogs a 21-14 lead at the half. 

Kaste managed to increase the Lincoln Christian lead in the third quarter with a six yard touchdown run to make it 28-14 with 7:03 left in the third. 

Still within striking distance, the Indians took their opening drive of the second half down the field before another game changing moment went the Bulldogs way.

On fourth and six from the Bulldogs 15 yard line, Parham scrambled for the first down but was stripped from behind, with Lincoln Christian recovering on the three yard-line. 

Three plays later on third and seven, Ricke capped off his 185 yard rushing performance with a 95 yard touchdown run to put his team up 34-14.

Parham threw a fourth quarter touchdown to Cason Dillion to cut the lead to 34-21 with 7:04 remaining in regulation, but the defense was unable to stop the Bulldogs from running out the clock. Param finished 17-of-22 for 224 yards on the night, while rushing 16 times for 117 yards. He finished with two total touchdowns on the night. 

Inability to get off the field on third down on defense haunted the Indians, but Price said he was happy with the way his team played on defense.

“They did a good job on those third and long situations, obviously you wanna get the team off the field when there is a third down,” he said. 

“I thought we played very well on defense, we just weren’t able to get some stops in some key situations and they (Lincoln Christian) were able to capitalize on them.”