When it comes to the playoffs, danger is always lurking just around the corner.

When it comes to the playoffs, danger is always lurking just around the corner.

Perhaps one of the most dangerous aspects of the postseason is facing off with an opponent you have never seen before.

The No. 3 Plainview Indians are hoping the fear of the unknown is just a myth this week.

At 7 p.m. Friday night at Plainview Stadium, the Indians will face off with the No. 8 Checotah Wildcats in the Class 3A state quarterfinals.

The winner of this contest will meet either Verdigris or Perkins-Tryon at a neutral site next week for the state semifinals. 

Checotah is more than three hours away by bus. A trip of that distance can have an adverse effect on the players, coaches and fans.

Plainview, ranked No. 3 in Class 3A enters this week's game at 9-1. Their only loss came to then Class 4A top-ranked Tuttle 35-28 in their second game. 

The Indians have won eight in a row including last week's 49-15 win over John Marshall in the first play-off round. Checotah, ranked No. 8, is 9-2 entering this game. 

They lost to Lincoln Christian 56-21 in game three and to Eufaula 30-20 in game nine. 

The Wildcats defeated Cascia Hall 36-22 last week.

Plainview will need to keep their eyes on the Wildcats' Jacob Barrett. Barrett is a senior who plays quarterback on offense and safety on defense. He is headed to Eastern Michigan as a receiver.

Last week against Cascia Hall Barrett carved up the Commandos to the tune of 26 carries for 206 yards rushing along with an 11-of-15 passing performance for 172 yards with two touchdowns. 

"In addition to Barrett they have an excellent running back," Plainview coach Joe Price said. 

"Barrett runs and throws pretty well, and he will be a challenge. They have some good sized players along the offensive and defensive fronts. So much of winning and losing takes place along the front line, and we’ll have to go out and match them with excellent line play.

"We know they have a pretty good team because they have won against some solid football teams," Price said. "Lincoln Christian is a good team, so losing to them is hard to measure. But I do know they have beaten some excellent teams to get this far."

Plainview's offense has been pretty solid all year with senior Brock Parham under center. 

They have scored more than 40 points in seven of their ten games, and have been equally as effective on defense. They have kept opponents under 20 points in seven of their ten contests.

Neither one of these teams sports a state championship to their name in their proud playoff histories, as the Wildcats are in the postseason for the 20th time overall this season with a 16-19 record. 

Last week’s victory in the opening round of the playoffs was the first time Checotah had won in the first round since 2014.

The Wildcats haven’t won a second round playoff game since defeating Coweta in the quarterfinals in 1994. 

As for Plainview, last week extended a streak of first round victories for the Indians which began in 2010. The Indians haven’t lost in the opening round of the postseason since 2009. 

The last time the Indians were in the quarterfinals last year though, they had a rough outing against Lincoln Christian, falling 34-21. Plainview also lost in the second round in 2017 against Jones. 

The Indians last recorded a second round playoff victory in 2016 when the Indians defeated the Douglass Trojans at home. 

"Checotah will throw some odd fronts at you on defense," Price said. "They have some good people along the line, and they have a couple of very good linebackers. Plus Barrett covers a lot of ground from his safety position. I know they will come here prepared to give us their best shot. We will need to show up and play our best on every down in order to gain this victory."