There was no stopping the Plainview running game Friday night.
The Indians rushed for 529 yards on 38 carries and rolled past the Pauls Valley Panthers 41-12 at Plainview Stadium.
Eli Paul had a huge 329-yard rushing night on just 15 carries with two touchdowns to lead the way. Plainview quarterback Kobe Brewster had 10 carries for 132 yards and three touchdowns.
Class 3A’s No. 5 Plainview (5-1 overall, 2-0 District 3A-4) and ranked No.5 in Class 3A, averaged 14 yards per snap against the out-manned Panthers.
The Indians scored on three consecutive possessions in the first quarter.
On Plainview’s initial play from scrimmage, Paul appeared stopped at the line of scrimmage but broke free and raced 60 yards for a touchdown.
After a Pauls Valley punt, Plainview needed just seven plays to move 87 yards for a score with Brewster taking it in from a yard out.
A 65-yard touchdown run by Brewster on the final play of the first quarter had the Indians up 21-0. The 3-play, 80-yard drive took just over a minute to complete.
By the end of the first quarter Paul had five carries for 200 yards, and Brewster had four carries for 70 yards.
“We came out and played really well in the first half,” Plainview coach Joe Price said. “Obviously when you have 529 rushing yards the offensive line and running backs are doing things right. “
Lane Ross picked off a pass by Panther quarterback Jake Grimmett and returned it from midfield to the Pauls Valley 13-yard line with just under a minute remaining before halftime. Two plays later, Paul ran it in to give the Indians a 28-0 lead at intermission.
Pauls Valley (1-4,0-1) was held to 161 rushing yards on 35 carries, but Grimmett was 15-22 passing for 124 yards to help the Panthers balance their offensive attack.
Plainview put up two touchdowns early in the fourth to pull away.
“Eli had such a huge game for us,” Price said. “Getting 329 rushing yards is a tremendous accomplishment.”