MADILL — There was nothing on the line Friday for Plainview.
The District 3A-4 title had already been clinched.
Yet, Plainview talked all of last week about the importance of going into the playoffs with momentum. The Indians backed up their talk.
Led by a six-touchdown, 268-yard performance by senior running back Eli Paul in a 62-35 Indians victory against Madill at Blake Smiley Stadium, Plainview enters the postseason with a high level of confidence.
“That was something that we had talked about,” Plainview coach Joe Price said. “We definitely wanted to go into the playoffs not losing. It was not a deal where we wanted to go in and rest some guys. We went out and played well offensively. We moved the ball up and down the field well. Our running backs ran the ball well.”
Plainview (9-1) will entertain Anadarko on Friday at Plainview Stadium.
Madill (6-4) will make will play John Marshall (9-1) at Taft Stadium, in its first playoff appearance since 2012.
Both games kickoff at 7:30 p.m.
Lone Grove’s 28-20 loss to Pauls Valley clinched Madill’s playoff berth.
Colton Jones started in place of Raygan Dodd and he took advantage of the opportunity. He connected with Trevor Goff twice in the first quarter on passing plays of 59 yards and 15 yards. The latter score put Madill ahead 14-13.
Jones was 11 of 19 through the air for 165 yards with two touchdowns to one interception.
“They’re not a bad football team,” Price said of Madill. “Their kids played hard.”
Plainview scored six unanswered touchdowns to go ahead 55-14 three minutes into the third quarter.
Brewster generated the first of five second-quarter touchdowns for Plainview with a 53-yard burst.
Paul’s final three scores of the first half were runs of 23, 93 and 52.
Plainview also reached into its bag of tricks in a 35-point second quarter with Zane Hudson completing a 43-yard pass to Blake Nowell.
Plainview led 48-14 at halftime.
Brewster accounted for 209 yards of offense with three rushing touchdowns.
Lost in the mix was a 272-yard rushing performance by Madill’s Dekevis Jordan who had touchdown runs of 2 yards, 3 and 5 — all coming in the second half.
Jordan’s third touchdown brought Madill to within 55-35 with 8:30 remaining in the game.
About three minutes later, Paul capped off Plainview’s undefeated season in district play with an 18-yard touchdown run.
“To go undefeated in district play is a big accomplishment,” Price said.