Berryhill rallies past Plainview, 22-14
BY MATT FRANKLIN World Correspondent
Saturday, November 26, 2011
11/26/11 at 6:19 AM
ARDMORE - Berryhill led its Class 3A quarterfinal against Plainview for exactly 2:41. Fortunately for the Chiefs, it was the most important 2:41 of their season.
Justin Tomlinson scored on a fourth-down plunge to send No. 6 Berryhill into the semifinals with a 22-14 victory over the Indians.
Next week Berryhill (12-1) will take on Anadarko (13-0) in a semifinal contest. Anadarko beat Metro Christian 34-14 in a quarterfinal contest Friday night.
In a back-and-forth affair in which the game was tied after each of the first three quarters, the Chiefs took advantage of a Plainview miscue late in the game.
With six minutes left and the game tied at 14, Plainview (9-4) had the ball at its own 30. On third down, Indians quarterback Blake Campo was stopped on an option keeper. As he was wrapped up, he made a desperation pitch in the direction of running back Austin Carrera, but the ball sailed over Carrera's head and was recovered by the Chiefs at the 21.
Berryhill senior running back Adam Dolan promptly ripped off runs of 8 and 4 yards to produce a first-and-goal.
Three plays later, with the ball resting inside the 1, Berryhill coach Pat Harper eschewed a field goal try and gave the ball to his senior fullback, Tomlinson, who got the job done. A botched snap on the extra point attempt worked in Berryhill's favor, as holder Logan Million ran around the end for the two-point conversion.
"We never considered the field goal try," Harper said. "We were going to finish it right there."
On Plainview's first drive of the game, Berryhill was called for roughing the kicker on a missed field goal attempt, and the Indians took advantage with a 3-yard TD run by Carrera. Berryhill answered later in the quarter on Dolan's 4-yard scoring run to tie the game at 7-all.
In the third quarter, busted coverage led to Indians receiver Gary Heller being wide open deep down the field, and Campo found him for a 64-yard score. The Chiefs scored on their very next drive, getting a 26-yard TD pass from Zack Jackson to Aaron Dolan.
Despite the passing touchdown, Berryhill switched gears from its first-half offensive approach, turning almost exclusively to the ground game. Adam Dolan had eight carries in the first half and 16 in the second, finishing with 24 attempts for 129 yards.
"Our coaches made a great adjustment at halftime, running the ball more," Harper said. "They've been doing that all year. Right now, you have to do whatever it takes to win."
Berryhill 22, Plainview 14
Berryhill 7 0 7 8 - 22
Plainview 7 0 7 0 - 14
P: Carrera 3 run (Tully kick)
B: Ad. Dolan 4 run (J. Jackson kick)
P: Heller 64 pass from Campo (Tullykick)
B: Aa. Dolan 26 pass from Z. Jackson(J. Jackson kick)
B: Tomlinson 1 run (Million run)
Original Print Headline: Berryhill prevails over Plainview