Plainview senior quarterback/defensive back Kobe Brewster likes the balancing act that he must perform this week.
He and his Indians teammates must split time between preparing for the Indians’ biggest football game of the season and family members who will or have already arrived in Ardmore for Thanksgiving.
“My grandma is down here,” Brewster said. “I don’t know what she is going to make yet. She’s usually puts a lot on to cook.”
Plainview hopes to cook up a win Friday night at Lincoln Christian in the Class 3A state quarterfinals.
“It’s really exciting,” Brewster said. “You get family down. They all get to come to the game.”
Friday’s game will be away from home.
Plainview took care of business in the first two rounds of the playoffs at Plainview Stadium. The Indians scored three touchdowns in the third quarter to earn a 33-22 victory over Anadarko in the first round. Plainview followed up that win with a convincing 42-7 rout of Douglass.
“We played two really good football teams,” Plainview coach Joe Price said. “We’ve gone out and played really good in both of those games.
“I would say the Douglass game is one of the better games that we have played all year, as far as everybody showing up and being excited and getting after it from the beginning until the end. I was really happy with the way that we executed on both sides of the ball. I thought it was a really good effort on both sides of the ball. I can’t say enough about the kids and the job they did.”
Because this is an even-numbered year, the formula to deciding which team, assuming both are district champions, comes down to which school is furthest east, and for Plainview, that means a three-hour bus ride to Tulsa.
Plainview doesn’t seem to mind. Heck, it’s the playoffs.
“I think they’re excited about it,” Price said. “Our guys are excited right now. We feel like we’re really playing well right now. Everybody just played a really good game. The energy level of everybody is really good. We had a good practice today (Monday). Everybody’s pumped. Coaches. Players. Community. It’s good.”
Friday’s game will be a matchup between two explosive offenses.
Brewster accounted for 297 yards of total offense with four touchdowns while senior running back, Eli Paul scampered for 198 yards on 16 carries with a pair of scores against Douglass. Jermaine Scallion led all Indian receivers with 81 yards.
Expect Lincoln Christian (10-2) to challenge Plainview with multiple formations. Price said the Bulldogs run the ball 65 percent of the time to 35 percent pass.
A good chunk of Lincoln’s offense runs through senior running back Reed Martin who has accounted for 2,889 yards (2,210 rush and 679 receiving) with 44 total TDs.
“They throw a lot of funky formations out there and we’re going to have to line up to them,” Brewster said.
The Bulldogs incorporate more than just Martin into their game plan. Lincoln senior quarterback Landon Brown has throw for 2,356 yards with 24 touchdowns to seven interceptions on the season.
Plainview’s defense possesses the speed to run down the Bulldogs.
Senior defensive back Zane Hudson strongly believes in Plainview’s secondary. He feels so confident about the Indians’ ability to cover the back end of the field that he wrote the words “No fly zone” and a picture of him and Brewster deflecting a pass away from an Anadarko receiver.
Brewster, Hudson, Spencer Somerville and Muku Awasthi comprise Plainview’s secondary.
“We’ve always had it,” Hudson said of the “No fly zone”. “It’s ball hawks in the secondary. I don’t think we’ve had a lot of touchdowns thrown at us. I think we’re good as whole as a secondary.”
Plainview has allowed just six passing touchdowns in 12 games.
“You would have a pretty good 4x100 track team if you lined up those four guys back there,” Price said. “They can run. They can run really well. There is a lot of speed back there and that allows us to be good in the run game and recover whenever one of those other guys gets out of position and be able to cover ground and get to the ball.”
Plainview’s senior class were all freshmen the last time the Indians advanced to the state semifinals.
A win Friday would mark the second time in four years that Plainview would be a semifinalist in Class 3A.
“It’s a big challenge but I think we’ll handle it fine,” Plainview senior lineman Bracken Campbell said.