On a night when the United States Military was honored at Plainview Stadium, the No. 3 Indians showed they have just as much patience and firepower as any branch of the military.
Plainview used a balanced offensive plan, along with strong defense to overwhelm the Marlow Outlaws on Military Appreciation Night, winning 42-14 to move to 4-1 on the season and 3-0 in district play.
Next up for the Indians is a showdown for first place against No. 4 Sulphur at 7 p.m. Thursday night at Plainview Stadium.
When the game got underway it was obvious that the visiting Outlaws had a game plan designed to keep the Indian offense on the bench.
They were unable, however, to stop the high-octane Indian offense that scored on all six of their possessions.
The Marlow offense orchestrated two 13-play drives that ate up a lot of game clock.
The first long drive in the first half resulted in a failed field goal attempt to close the half, while the second long drive ended with an Outlaw touchdown.
But they were unable to generate anything in the fourth quarter because the defense was helpless to stop the powerful Indian offense led by quarterback Brock Parham.
Plainview took the lead when Jaxon Clemons scored on a 7-yard touchdown run to finish off a 10-play, 80-yard march for a 7-0 lead.
Following a three-and-out by Marlow, a short punt and a good return by Blake Nowell along with an Outlaw penalty had the Indians starting at the Marlow 33-yard line.
On the fourth play of the drive Tyson Al-jbour scored on a 10-yard run to make it a 14-0 game.
Marlow’s offense finally got on the board early in the second quarter.
A 12-play, 68-yard drive resulted in a touchdown run of three yards by Marlow running back Chase Knight to cut the lead in half.
But Plainview proved unstoppable again as they moved 94 yards in just seven plays to take a 21-7 lead. Al-jbour broke through the Outlaw defense and raced 29 yards for the touchdown.
"Marlow definitely slowed things down to try and take us out of our rhythm," Plainview coach Joe Price said.
"They used up all of the 40-second clock on every play. Their plan was to keep our offense off the field, but the way we came out and scored three times in a row early set the tone for the game. The players executed our game plan well, and we knew Marlow had a solid team.”
“We could not let them take away what we do in our offensive scheme,” Price added. “Brock was at his best again at quarterback. And all the running backs and receivers did a good job of following blocks and catching the ball."
Marlow (3-3, 2-1), got the ball to start the second half. But on a third and seven play, Plainview's Reese Somerville picked off a pass by Outlaw quarterback Jace Gilbert to give the Indians possession at the Marlow 49-yard line.
Plainview used just six plays to increase their lead, as Parham hit Reis Taylor with a 20-yard scoring toss that pushed the Indians' lead to 28-7.
Parham finished the game 16 of 21 passing for 229 yards and two touchdowns.
Al-jbour had seven carries for 70 yards and three touchdowns, and Blue Norman had 68 yards on seven carries. Blake Nowell had 73 total yards. He had four catches for 60 yards, and finished with 13 rushing yards on one carry. Payton Webber had three catches for 72 yards and a touchdown.
The Outlaws got their final score following their second 13-play drive. They moved 81 yards and used six minutes of play clock to move to within 28-14 in the final seconds of the third quarter. Gilbert hit Tag Allen with a 26-yard scoring pass for the score.
Both teams ran 49 offensive plays, with Plainview having 28 rushes for 232 yards and 461 total offensive yards.
The Outlaws ran the ball 34 times for just 86 yards and added 117 passing yards for 203 net yards of offense.
"Our defense gave up plenty of plays to Marlow, but it was a bend-but-don't-break process," Price said. "They used a lot of clock but only managed the two touchdowns because our defense came up big when they needed to. Players on both sides of the football performed well tonight."
On the fifth snap of the fourth quarter the Indians added to their lead when Al-jbour scored on a 16-yd run to cap an 11-play, 80 yard march.
On their next possession Parham hit receiver Payton Webber in stride for a 36-yard scoring pass following a Plainview defensive stop of the Outlaws deep in their territory.
Prior to the Indians' final possession Marlow had the football for 26:37 of clock time to just 14:06 for Plainview. The Indians took the final 7:17 of game time to drive inside the Outlaw 5-yard line before taking two knees to end the game.