While the Plainview Indians have been on a quest all season for their first state title in program history, the end of their journey might yet yield them a chance to earn some revenge at the same time.

While the Plainview Indians have been on a quest all season for their first state title in program history, the end of their journey might yet yield them a chance to earn some revenge at the same time.

At 11 a.m. Saturday at Wantland Stadium on the campus of the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, the No. 3 Indians will take on the No. 2 Lincoln Christian Bulldogs for the Class 3A state championship.

These two teams are very familiar with one another, as the Bulldogs knocked out the Indians in last years 3A state quarterfinals in Tulsa.

"These guys have been trying to get there (state finals) for quite some time," Plainview coach Joe Price said. 

"It's been a tough road at times, and they have had high expectations all along. Everyone has done a good job of keeping those expectations in line and not letting it get to them. This is a great bunch of seniors. They have definitely earned their way to get where they are."

Plainview, ranked No. 3 in Class 3A enters Saturday's game at 11-1 on the year with their lone defeat coming to Tuttle on the road. Lincoln Christian, ranked No. 2, brings a perfect 13-0 mark to the game including a strong showing in their 33-6 win over top-ranked Heritage Hall last Friday.

"We've been ranked numbers two and three all season by the polls," Price said. "I can't think of any place I would rather play at than Wantland Stadium. It does not look like the weather will be much of a factor. It will be a cool day-perfect for football. We'll need to wait until we get there to see how the winds are going to affect the game. It should be a great match-up."

Both teams enter the game sporting strong offenses. Plainview is averaging 45 points per game and giving up 16 points. Lincoln Christian has a 50 points per game average while giving up 11 points. The Indians closest game was their 24-22 win over Sulphur on October 17 thanks to kicker Kenny Sutherlin's field goal on the game's last play. 

The Bulldogs struggled only against Vian on September 13. They won a 25-18 nail-biter to stay unbeaten.

The two teams have just one common opponent: Checotah. Lincoln Christian defeated Checotah 56-21 on November 8, and Plainview won a 58-34 decision over Checotah on November 22 in their second playoff game.

Senior quarterback Brock Parham has thrown for 1986 yards for 24 touchdowns and just five interceptions. He also has 498 rushing yards. 

Tyson Al-Jbour has 800 rushing yards, and Jaxon Clemons has 700 rushing yards and two kick-off returns for touchdowns. 

Receiver Blake Nowell has 54 receptions for 1050 yards and 12 touchdowns and has over 400 rushing yards and eight touchdowns.

Defensively Tyler Berryhill leads the Indians in tackles with 105, including five sacks and eight tackles for a loss. Caden Pickens is the second leading tackler with 90 tackles.

"This team has put up some pretty good numbers on the year," Price said. "Everyone has worked very hard to master the positions they have on the team. We have continued to get better with every game. And since the playoffs started we have performed really well."

Lincoln Christian's quarterback will be senior Chase Ricke. Senior Josh Kaste and junior J.J. Sartain should get most of the carries on running plays. Senior Connor Johnson will line up at tight end. Senior Keegan Porter and junior Cooper Lancaster will line up as wide receivers.

"They (Lincoln Christian) have a very effective quarterback, and he is a three-year starter," Price said. "He has been putting up some pretty big numbers. All their skilled people are quite talented. They run their offense in such a way as to give you window dressing to fake you out. Then they hit you with a lot of stuff you might not be ready for.

“Lincoln Christian also has  a lot of players back from last year on defense,” Price added. “They are not huge, but they are very fast. They’ll run to the football well, and they do a good job tackling the ball carrier. They have a number of similarities to our team. We have all worked hard to get our team where we need to be. Hopefully we can be successful and come away with the big win."