EDMOND — Momentum is perhaps the most unbiased thing in the world of sports.
EDMOND — Momentum is perhaps the most unbiased thing in the world of sports. At one moment it can be the tool that propels you to a victory, or it can be the anchor which drags you into defeat. The No. 3 Plainview Indians unfortunately experienced both sides of the spectrum on Saturday. After ending the first half with plenty of positives, the Indians were shutdown in the third by No. 2 Lincoln Christian as the Bulldogs claimed their second state title in program history with a 42-21 victory at Wantland Stadium on the campus of the University of Central Oklahoma in the Class 3A state title game. Plainview ends its season at 11-2, while Lincoln Christian finishes with a perfect 14-0 record. “I think our kids played really well and really hard,” Plainview coach Joe Price said. “Some of the breaks just didn’t go our way, and Lincoln Christian managed to get ahead of us in that span. But our kids continued to make plays and fight, and we just simply ran out of time.” “We felt good about our chances going into halftime down seven,” Price added. “But that’s just the way it goes sometimes. We had a great season, and I’m super proud of the kids for all the effort they have given us this season.” Plainview’s opening drive went nowhere fast as the Indians were held to a three and out. Lincoln Christian then managed to drive 80 yards in 11 plays, with Josh Kaste scoring from 16 yards out to make it 7-0 at the 7:22 mark. The Indians did manage some positive yardage on their next drive, but were eventually forced to punt again. Just like their first drive, the Bulldogs marched down the field, with LCHS converting a 3rd and 6 for 27 yards at their own 42-yard line. Once again it was Kaste converting for his second touchdown of the game, making it 14-0 at the 1:48 mark of the first quarter. The Indians patience was rewarding less than five minutes into the third quarter as Blake Nowell dove his way into the end zone on a fourth and goal from the two, giving the Indians life at 14-7. Unfortunately, the Bulldogs had an immediate response, as Chase Ricke found Kolbe Katsis for a 12-yard touchdown strike to make it 21-7 at the 4:42 mark before halftime. However, Indians quarterback Brock Parham didn’t let Plainview sit for long as he scampered his way 58 yards for a touchdown, cutting the deficit to 21-14. Lincoln Christian then took the ensuing kickoff down to the Indians 20-yard line and looked to be in position to score again. But Payton Webber had other ideas as he got the interception, sending the Indians into the break down just seven points. Unfortunately, Lincoln Christian didn’t allow the deficit to stay single digits for long. The Bulldogs used their opening drive of the second half to go 70 yards which was capped off by a 23 yard touchdown pass from Ricke to make it 28-14 at the 7:45 mark of the third. After being stuffed on a fourth down, the Indians suddenly found their world collapsing as Kaste scored his third touchdown of the game, this one from three yards out to make it 35-14. But then came Jaxon Clemons. For the third straight contest, Clemons got a kickoff return for a touchdown, dashing 75 yards to make it 35-21 at the 3:42 mark of the third quarter. After the Indians got a stop on defense, Plainview’s offense went to work and seemed poised to cut the deficit to seven points again. Unfortunately, an interception ended the drive, to which Lincoln Christian then converted another touchdown for a 42-21 lead. Parham finished with 169 total yards in the game.