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November 23, 2013

Plainview sends Tuttle out of playoffs

PLAINVIEW — In a battle that highlighted defense more than anything, Plainview ended Tuttle’s season in the second round of the playoffs with a 14-6 win.

Austin Carrera scored two touchdowns to lead the Indians to victory, but it was only fitting that the game virtually ended with a safety. The same team that gave head coach Phil Koons and his Tuttle team such a rough start by beating them on opening night eventually brought the 2013 Tiger football season to a close.

If it was a tight game before, it was even tighter this time. Back and forth the teams went, and Plainview only barely had the better opening frame. Their first drive, led by the quick feet of quarterback Taber Jordan, got them just outside of the red zone, but the drive ended when a 42-yard field goal fell just short.

Tuttle was twice forced to punt early, and that gave Plainview a chance to draw first blood in the second quarter. After driving down to the Tiger 22-yard line, Austin Carrera broke through up the middle and ran virtually untouched into the end zone. It was the second productive drive of the half for the Indians and it paid off in a big way.

The Tigers were so close to responding as Jesse Gregory finally got lose. The star running back rounded the right hand corner of the offensive line multiple times for a few first downs to take the Tigers all the way down to the Indians 17 yard line. But there, the drive suddenly stalled in the blistering north wind. A play action pass on fourth down fell incomplete, and the Indians took over.

Other than the one touchdown, it was a very defensive first half. The Indians tried to finish it with a show of offensive touch when Gage Kennedy found himself open in the end zone. Jordan’s pass nearly resulted in a highlight-worthy one-handed catch, but it fell just out of reach. With the ball back, Tuttle went to the air for one last shot to even things up before the break, but Jett Jobe’s pass sat up in the wind and fell into the hands of Plainview deep back Brandon Locke.

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