OKLAHOMA CITY – For the longest time Thursday evening, it seemed like the only thing that was stopping Plainview was itself.
Turnovers and penalties negated big plays by the Indians, including a second-quarter touchdown by senior Parker Foster that was taken away due to an illegal chop block.
Plainview kept fighting through those mistakes.
Senior quarterback Kobe Brewster capped off a late drive with an 11-yard touchdown pass to sophomore wide receiver Justin Anderson with 31 seconds remaining, forging a 12-12 tie with Millwood at L.W. Good Stadium.
“We started slow,” Plainview coach Joe Price said. “It’s just the deal with a scrimmage. It’s just the first time. We’ve got to get that worked on a little bit.”
The format of the varsity scrimmage was one half of football. There were no kickoffs, punts or extra points attempted.
Things went backwards for the Indians from the very start.
The offensive line struggled to maintain their blocks, leading to two plays for negative yardage on the scrimmage’s initial series, including a sack of Brewster with Plainview facing third-and-13.
The slow start was not a concern for Brewster.
“We were just getting used to the tempo,” he said. “We’ll be fine. We just started slow. We’ll be finenext Friday.”
Millwood appeared to be headed for a score on its initial series.
Brewster took away the Falcons’ momentum with an interception of a Wilson pass at the Plainview 1-yard line to thwart a methodical 10-play drive by Millwood.
“It set the mood for us,” senior wide receiver Zane Hudson said. “It set the tone because we were kind of down.”
Plainview appeared a more energized team after Brewster’s interception. The senior quarterback took matters into his own hands. He ran the option keeper 27 yards on the second play of the Indians’ second drive.
That momentum lasted one more play.
Millwood’s Daxx McAlister recovered a Brett Woods fumble on the very to set up the Falcons with a short field at the Indians’ 25-yard line.
Millwood capitalized on the turnover with Wilson throwing a 15-yard touchdown pass to Tre Amerson with 4:38 remaining in the first quarter for a 6-0 Falcons lead.
Plainview attempted to answer with an 80-yard drive on its next series but that drive stalled after an illegal chop block negated a 5-yard touchdown run on a sweep by Parker Foster. Two plays later, Millwood recovered a Brewster fumble.
Spencer Somerville turned the tables three plays later with an interception of a Wilson pass that was intended for a receiver on a crossing route.
Woods atoned for his fumble with an 18-yard touchdown run that knotted the score at 6-6.
A long pass from Wilson to an uncovered Demario Houston down the right sideline, coupled with a horse collar penalty on Plainview, set up Millwood at the Indians’ 11-yard line. Houston finished off the drive with an 11-yard touchdown run to the left side, for a 12-6 Falcons lead.
Anderson made sure Plainview left Oklahoma City with a tie after his touchdown catch.
“Before the play, I looked at Zane (Hudson), and I was like, ‘We’ve got to come together as a team, you’ve got to help me get this block, and I’ll try to score,’” Anderson said. “Kobe threw me the ball and I got the job done. It was a dream come true.”
The only score of the junior varsity portion scrimmage occurred on the final play of the game, when Millwood’s quarterback looked to his right and threw a short pass to a receiver.
Plainview moved the ball inside Millwood’s 30-yard line on both of its drives but came away without any points.
The Indians did have their share of good moments.
Tyler Berryhill sacked Millwood’s quarterback on the third play of the Falcons’ second drive.
Coby Leflore jarred the ball loose with a hard hit on a Millwood receiver on the Falcons’ first drive to force an incompletion.
The games count for real starting Aug. 26 when Plainview hosts Broken Bow – hopefully with a new turf field already in place.