HIGDON – The Plainview Bears had a tough time holding off the North Sand Mountain Bison on the road Thursday, but did find some success in their passing game while falling by a score of 34-14 in their spring jamboree game.
The Bison opened the game with 28 straight points with two touchdowns in each of the first two quarters of the jamboree.
North Sand Mountain punched it in on touchdown carries of three, four and 33 yards and had early passing touchdown from 40 yards out.
Down four scores with 1:22 left in the second quarter, Plainview’s offense quickly drove downfield in less than a minute.
Rising sophomore quarterback Noah White capped off Bears’ first scoring drive of the game with a 22-yard touchdown pass to senior receiver Logan Bell.
Senior kicker Geo Chapparo drilled his extra-point attempt to make the score 28-7 at the break.
The Bears then rallied in the third quarter for another scoring drive. White capped the drive off with another 22-yard touchdown pass. This one was hauled in by senior Zeb Ferguson.
Chapparo followed with another good extra point kick to cut what was once a 28-point advantage in half.
That was as close as the Bears would come to mounting a comeback though. North Sand Mountain answered with a long touchdown run shortly after Ferguson’s touchdown grab for the final score of the game.
White was efficient through the air for the Bears’ offense, completing 10-of-13 passes for 138 yards and two touchdowns. His longest completion of the game went to Brody McCurdy for a 32-yard pickup.
White’s 10 completions went to four different Plainview receivers. Bell caught three passes for 35 yards and a touchdown. Ferguson had two grabs for 37 yards and a score. McCurdy caught all three passes thrown his way for a team-leading 47 yards and Brody Parker caught two passes for 19 yards.
The Bears had 16 different players split 31 carries in the running game. White was the Bears’ leading rusher with 34 yards on six carries, including a 20-yard run. Trey Greenwood picked up 21 yards on four carries. Caden Clifton ran for 13 yards on four handoffs and McCurdy picked up 10 yards on two carries.
McCurdy and Marcos Vegas led the Bears’ defense with six tackles each. McCurdy also had the Bears’ lone sack in the game and Nathan Hodges recovered a North Sand Mountain fumble.
Plainview finished with 222 yards of total offense while North Sand Mountain gained 301.
Plainview rushed for 84 yards while the Bison picked up 227 yards and scored four times on the ground.
The Bears moved the chains eight times, went 2-for-13 on third down conversions and converted on fourth down twice.
North Sand Mountain had 11 first downs and went 4-for-7 on third down conversions.