The North Sand Mountain Bison rolled over the Plainview Bears in their 2019 spring game at Loyd Dobbins Field on Thursday night.
North Sand Mountain won by a score of 34-14, and head coach Keith Kirby was pleased with his team’s performance but said there were areas for improvement.
“I saw some good things in the first half, but I saw some bad things as well,” said Kirby. “There are plenty of coaching points to be made.”
The Bison stymied Plainview’s opening drive by forcing a three and out. NSM then put together a four-minute drive that was capped off by Fernando Luna’s three-yard touchdown run. NSM completed the two-point conversion and led 8-0 after 6 minutes of play.
The Bison defense forced another three and out on the next Plainview possession. The next NSM possession was much shorter than their first. On the first play of the drive, NSM quarterback Landon Green threw a 39-yard touchdown pass to Jonah Pennington. The Bison two-point attempt was no good. Plainview began to put together a long drive before the first quarter ended. NSM led 14-0 after one quarter of play.
Plainview continued its drive into the second quarter but NSM forced a turnover on downs before the Bears could put points on the board. The Bison strung together another long drive that ended with a thirty-two-yard touchdown run by Green. The Bison defense forced another three and out on the next Plainview possession. The NSM offense delivered once again. Luna found the end zone for a second time capping off a forty-eight-yard drive. The two-point conversion was successful, and the Bison led 28-0. Plainview added a touchdown just before the half, but NSM led 28-7 at halftime.
Each team scored a touchdown in the second half of the game. NSM senior Greyson Chappelear scored on a 69-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. Green led the Bison on offense with 134 total yards and two touchdowns. The senior completed seven of his ten passes for 73 yards and ran for 61 yards on five carries. Chappelear led the Bison rushing attack with 84 yards and a touchdown.
The NSM defense held Plainview to 229 total yards, and only allowed 14 points.
Kirby said that his players worked hard all winter, and he was glad to see them get a reward by being able to play Thursday night.
NSM opens the 2019 season Aug. 30 at home against state-line rival Dade County (Georgia).