As Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers once said “The waiting is the hardest part.”

As Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers once said “The waiting is the hardest part.”

For the Plainview Indians, their wait to begin district play has felt like an eternity.

After having their game against Elgin canceled last week due to rain, the No. 3 Indians are set to be back on the field at 7 p.m. Friday night at Plainview Stadium against the Purcell Dragons. 

This will also mark the annual Homecoming game for the Indians. 

Plainview will enter this contest with a 1-1 record having defeated Sanger on opening night, before falling in a close game against No. 1 Tuttle two weeks ago. 

Purcell meanwhile has lost to Lexington and Washington but grabbed a win against Lindsay last week. 

Plainview coach Joe Price said he respects the Dragons program, but he is a bit more concerned with his teams’ actual playing time, especially given last Friday’s rain-out.

“We needed to play that game,” Price said. “We were looking forward to matching up against an opponent and see how far we have come in the last few weeks. I’d really hoped we could have gotten the game in last week (against Elgin).” 

“I believe we might could have gotten the game in had we waited until about 9 p.m.,” Price added. “The lightning was the big thing. Our turf field could have been played on despite all the rain, but you don’t want players out there with lightning all around.”

Despite the unfortunate circumstances of last weeks game though, the Indians haven’t been deterred from having practice this week due to the rain. 

“Having the turf field has helped us with our practices,” Price said. “In years-past we would have been limited in practice because of a muddy practice field. But we have been able to use our field all week to get ready for Purcell. A turf field really comes in handy.”

Purcell has traditionally been a tough game for the Indians, and Price is expecting more of the same this Friday.

“They are well-coached, and they will be ready to play,” Price said. “They have a pretty good quarterback and a number of solid running backs. They have several good linebackers and they have a decent secondary. They will play hard, because that’s how they always play us.”

“We have not yet been battle-tested,” Price added. 

“We needed more time in live game situations to make some adjustments following the Tuttle game. We must continue to work on what we do best. This is a district game, and that makes this game and all the rest extremely important. We will need to shake off the fact we have not played in two weeks and come out ready to compete.”

Last year when these two teams met in the district opener at Purcell, the Indians took care of business with a dominating 67-0 victory over the Dragons.

Plainview will be on the road next week taking on the Bethel Wildcats.