It was hard to tell what was hotter at Plainview Stadium on Friday, the competition or the temperature.

It was hard to tell what was hotter at Plainview Stadium on Friday, the competition or the temperature.

With a total of 11 teams competing and field temperatures sweltering near 100 degrees, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes South Central Shootout 7-on-7 football tournament had its fair share of exciting moments and contests at Plainview Stadium.

For the second straight year though, it was the Plainview Indians coming away with the overall championship trophy. 

The Lone Grove Longhorns were the other local team in action, as they turned in a solid performance, making it to the semifinals of the tournament before falling against Plainview. 

“I was proud of the way our players competed and improved,” Lone Grove coach Brad O’Steen said. “Our kids have worked hard this off-season to get ready for the fall. I feel like we got better because of this tournament.”

“After Friday, I feel like we have closed the gap between us and some of the other teams,” O’Steen said. “We were three points away from competing in the finals. I’m proud of our kids though.”

Lone Grove managed to play its way into a high seed entering bracket play, and took down the Lawton Eisenhower Eagles in their quarterfinal contest, thanks to some crucial defensive stops late.

In the semifinals against Plainview, the two rivals put on a classic encounter which came down to the final play of the game.

Needing a stop to tie the game, or an interception to win the game, Lone Grove wasn’t able to keep the Indians from getting a first down and sealing their place in the finals.

Plainview on the other hand took down Anadarko in their quarterfinal encounter, before overwhelming McAlester in the final.

Brock Parham was playing quarterback for the Indians, with standout Blake Nowell getting some reps in after dealing with an illness earlier this month. 

“I thought we did a really good job of executing things today,” Plainview coach Joe Price. “It wasn’t just one player making plays for us. A bunch of different kids caught the ball for us and made plays for us. Defensively our secondary has been a strength for us, and it showed today. 7-on-7 isn’t always realistic football, but you get a lot of good things out of it.”

“Playing Lone Grove is always a special thing for us,” Price added. 

“The kids are always going to be fired up for that game. It’s just a natural thing for us since we’re so close and it’s been going on for so long.” 

Other teams competing in the tournament were Ada, Mangum, Lexington, Comanche, Newcastle, Bethel, and Washington at Plainview Stadium.