Plainview football shows progress despite setback at season opener
PLAINVIEW – Life is about getting better every day, even if it’s just small steps in the right direction. The Plainview High School football team only played one game in 2021, but it’s clear the Indians have come a long way in a season.
âOur kids have come a long way in a year,â said Plainview head coach Joe Price. âIt shows from the way we played (Pilot Point) last year to the way we played them this year. I’m excited about what we have. The tenacity, the heart and the will to go punching. people are all there. We just have to keep improving. “
And while the Indians didn’t come out on top Friday night in a 30-28 loss, they tied Pilot Point straight down the home stretch. Plainview did it with a balanced attack as three different athletes scored touchdowns in the game.
Caden Pickens scored twice, first on a kickoff return, then on a 23-yard run, while Jeston Gilliam added a rushing touchdown and Reis Taylor ran 64 yards to find dirt during the first practice of the match.
âOur children played extremely hard. We went to fight a very, very good football team, âsaid Price. âThey’re Division I behind (in Ish Harris). We held him in for most of the night, but he managed to break a few and put in some really good, long runs. It is a testimony of that child. He is a very good football player.
Harris proved it by ending the night with three rushing touchdowns. However, the game was meant to feature a pair of top athletes – Harris and Plainview wide receiver Morgan Pearson.
This anticipated showdown never happened, however, as Pearson did not dress.
âMorgan would make a huge difference to our passing game, but we couldn’t let him play tonight,â Price said. âIt’s just one of those things that we had to deal with. We had to go out with the guys we had tonight. And obviously all these guys got into a fight (butt). â
Taylor was one of those athletes, but he struggled with cramps late in the fourth quarter during a critical workout that ended in a punt. It was the last time Plainview touched the ball as Pilot Point ran out of time to clinch the victory.
And while losses always hurt, Indians have a lot to gain from the setback.
âI felt like we had a lot of positive things,â Taylor said. âWe just need to work on some things. I have to take my Hotshots so that I don’t have cramps. We just need to take care of ourselves and get in shape. Basically, that’s it.
It won’t be any easier though, as Plainview (0-1) hits the road on Friday, September 3 to face Tuttle, who will claim a 28-0 victory at Sulfur.