ARDMORE, OK —
Locust Grove’s 12-game winning streak and playoff run came to an end Friday night after it fell to Plainview on the road, 41-12, in a Class 3A quarterfinal.
“We didn’t play very well tonight, but a lot of it is the team we played, they’re a really good football team. We just got outplayed tonight,” LG head coach Matt Hennesy said.
The Pirates trailed the entire game after Plainview (13-0) jumped to an early 12-0 lead in the first quarter, but Locust was never out of it until late in the fourth.
Locust Grove had the ball inside Plainview’s
5-yard line late in the fourth quarter after recovering a fumble. The Pirates’ scoring opportunity came to a halt after quarterback Mason Fine was sacked on third-and-goal. Locust ended the night 0-for-3 in the red zone after sophomore receiver Jason Pirtle re-injured his shoulder in the first quarter.
“He’s a huge part of our offense. It took us out of a lot of things we do,” Hennesy said of Pirtle’s injury.
Senior running back Cory Rohde helped lead the struggling offense despite playing with a torn ACL. Rohde ended his final game with 193 total yards and a 46-yard receiving touchdown in the first quarter. Rohde picked up 94 yards on the ground.
Fine threw for 260 yards and two scores on 24-of-45 passing. Fine’s second touchdown was a 34-yard bomb to junior Calin Witt with 1:13 left in the game.
Plainview was loaded with veterans, starting 15 seniors. Locust started just five seniors.
“They had 15 seniors on their squad that were playing and we had mostly sophomores and freshmen playing, so the future is bright for the Pirates,” Hennesy said.
Locust Grove’s state title run came up short, but Hennesy still counts it as a success.
“We lost tonight, but that’s the bad thing about the playoffs is the formality. You have one bad game where you get beat and it’s over. But we’re still 12-1 and if you would have said at the start of the season that the Locust Grove Pirates were going to be 12-1, people would have told you that you were crazy,” Hennesy said.
Plainview will advance to play Blanchard in a state semifinal.