When it comes to the playoffs, it’s best to stick with a successful formula if one has already been made available the previous week.

When it comes to the playoffs, it’s best to stick with a successful formula if one has already been made available the previous week.

The No. 3 Plainview Indians did just that Friday night in the state quarterfinals. 

For the second week in a row, Plainview got off to a fast start and never looked back as the Indians earned their second Class 3A state semifinal berth in the last four years, with a commanding 58-34 victory over the Checotah Wildcats at Plainview Stadium. 

Next up for the Indians a showdown with Verdigris at 7 p.m. Friday night at Noble High School, with the winner advancing to the state finals Dec. 7. 

"The offense operated well all evening," Plainview coach Joe Price said. 

"Checotah showed us a different front than we were expecting, but the players did a good job of adjusting. We got out to a pretty good lead early, and that is what we always hope to do. I am always pleased the way we have been able to spread the ball around to our various skilled athletes. We have had good success this season making sure many different people handle the football. It helps keep our opponents guessing."

The Plainview offensive attack could not be stopped and was rarely slowed by Checotah. 

Even with what could have been some costly penalties along the way, the Indians just kept blowing through the Wildcat defense. 

Plainview did turn the ball over once on a fumble early inside the Checotah 10-yard line.

Plainview (10-1) finished the game with 42 rushing plays for 367 yards, while adding 113 passing yards for 480 yards of total offense. Checotah also had a good rushing night in total yards as they had 33 rushes for 217 yards and added 190 passing yards by quarterback Jacob Barrett for 407 total net yards.

But the big difference in the game’s outcome was the Wildcats’ inability to stop the Plainview offense that relentlessly drove down the field time after time and came away with points following each offensive possession.

Both teams came out firing in the first quarter as Plainview’s Jaxon Clemons returned the opening kick-off 79 yards for a touchdown. 

But on the first offensive play for the Wildcats, Barrett hit a wide open Brandon Dan with a pass that covered 65 yards to pull Checotah within 7-6 following a failed PAT.

The Indians’ offense then shifted into a higher gear as they drove 58 yards on eight plays and scored when senior wide receiver Blake Nowell (a TCU commit) took the hand-off on an end-around 20 yards for the score.

Plainview then caught the Wildcats napping on the ensuing kickoff as  Caden Pickens fell on the loose ball at the Wildcat 21-yard line. 

Moments later, however, the Wildcats forced an Indian fumble at the 11 yard line, with the fumble being recovered by Bailey McIntosh and returned to the Checotah 35-yard line.

A three-and-out by the Wildcats gave Plainview the ball at their own 39-yard line. This time it took the Indians just six plays to go up 21-6. The score came on an 8-yard run around right end by Tyson Al-jbour.

Checotah (9-3) pulled to within a touchdown as they drove 71 yards in seven plays for a score. Elijah Fuller skirted right end and took it into the end zone for a 4-yard scoring run.

The Indians got two quick touchdowns early in the second quarter. Plainview quarterback Brock Parham hit Nowell with a 30-yard scoring toss. And on their next possession Clemons ran it in from 2 yards out for a 35-13 Plainview lead.

With 20 seconds remaining before halftime, the Wildcats cut into the Plainview lead again. 

This time they took eight plays to move 61 yards for a score, with the touchdown coming from Barrett as he took it in from seven yards out to make it a 38-21 Plainview lead. 

Barrett finished the night with 158 rushing yards on 19 carries. He was 10-15-1 passing for another 190 yards. The Eastern Michigan commit finished with 348 total net yards of offense in his final high school game.

"Barrett is an explosive player," Price said. "He has good speed, and he is elusive and hard to tackle. He did a great job of cutting and slipping tackles against us. Thankfully we were able to hold him as much as we did."

 Barrett engineered a drive to start the third and finished off the 65-yard drive by running it in from 29 yards out to make it a 38-27 game.

From there it was all Plainview, however. 

Parham scored on a 12-yard scamper to up the Indian lead to 45-27, before a 49-yard run by Nowell put Plainview up 52-27, followed by a 1-yard scoring run by Caden Pickens which ended a 5-play, 32-yard drive to put Plainview comfortably on top 58-27.

With 28 ticks remaining, Barrett had one final play to remember before ending his high school career. Pinned at the Checotah 11 yard line following the only Wildcat stop of the night, Barrett broke free and raced 89 yards for a touchdown to end the game’s scoring at 58-34.

Parham led the Indians in rushing with 107 yards on 11 carries. Nowell had five carries for 91 yards and two touchdowns and had four pass receptions for 79 yards and one touchdown

"Our defense settled down and played well," Price said. "They had good players with plenty of abilities. But the way our offense was able to dominate set the tone for the game. We are excited to be moving on with this team.”