In a game which was billed as the game of the week in Oklahoma Thursday night, the No. 3 Sulphur Bulldogs and No. 4 Plainview Indians more than lived up to the hype.
In a game which was billed as the game of the week in Oklahoma Thursday night, the No. 3 Sulphur Bulldogs and No. 4 Plainview Indians more than lived up to the hype. But it was Kenny Sutherlin who stole the headlines for the Indians and put them in the drivers seat for a district title. Sutherland nailed a 38 yard field goal on the last play of the game to give the Indians a 24-22 victory over the Sulphur Bulldogs Thursday night at Plainview Stadium, which improved them to 5-1 on the season and 4-0 in district play. Sulphur meanwhile suffered its first loss of the season and fell to 5-1 and 3-1 in district play. Both of these teams will be in action next Friday night at 7 p.m. with Plainview going to Lone Grove, while Sulphur will play host to the Marlow Outlaws. With 1:59 left in the game and Plainview holding a 21-14 lead, Sulphur quarterback Reece Ratchford hit Brandon Lloyd with a 57-yard pass that pulled the Bulldogs to within 21-20. The Bulldogs opted for a two-point conversion, with Ratchford hitting Logan Smith in the end zone for a 22-21 Sulphur advantage. The ensuing kick-off went to senior Blake Nowell who returned the ball from the 12-yard line to the Bulldog 45-yard line. Plainview moved to the Sulphur 18-yard line with just over a minute left. Two plays later the Indians were flagged for a holding call that moved the ball back to the Sulphur 35-yard line. A pass from quarterback Brock Parham to Payton Webber moved it to the Bulldog 21-yard line. Plainview put all their hopes on Sutherlin as they were now facing a fourth and five play. The Indians ran the clock to two seconds and ran the game’s final play with Sutherlin splitting the uprights for the win. He had previously missed a 32-yard attempt with seven minutes remaining in the third quarter as his kick flew wide left. It was the kind of game that had all the excitement that the top game in the state deserved. Sulphur took the opening possession and drove 92 yards in 13 plays and took a 7-0 lead when running back Tavius Mcdonald scored on a 2-yard run on fourth down. Plainview knotted the game with 1:57 left in the first when they drove 79 yards on 11 plays to tie things up at 7-all. Nowell scored on a 5-yard touchdown run around left end. Early in the second quarter Webber picked off a pass by Ratchford giving the Indians the ball at Plainview 37-yard line. It took the Indians nine plays to move the 63 yards to take the lead. Parham scored on a 15-yard run that gave the Indians a 14-7 lead. Plainview upped their lead to 21-7 late in the third. The Indians drove 76 yards on seven plays that took just three minutes, with the touchdown coming when Jaxon Clemons scored on a 36-yard run around right end with 1:10 left in the third. A fumble by the Indians gave the Bulldogs new life early in the fourth on a missed handoff in the backfield that Ratchford covered at the Plainview 24-yard line. Five plays later Ratchford scored on a fourth down call from two yards out to make the score 21-14. Plainview finished the game with a 344-306 edge in total net yardage. Clemons had 65 yards on 12 carries to lead the Indians’ ground game, and Parham had nine carries for 63 yards. Parham was 10-of-20 passing for 148 yards. Sulphur was led by Lloyds’ 84 yards on 25 carries. Ratchford finished the game 6-for-11 for 137 yards passing.