DILLER -- Cold and windy conditions wreaked havoc on Diller-Odell's first round playoff game Thursday afternoon in Diller and the Griffins were unable to keep pace with Plainview.
Eighth-seeded Diller-Odell fell to the ninth-seeded Pirates 46-30 in a game riddled with fumbles and interceptions by both teams.
The weather conditions can be partially blamed for the turnovers. A steady wind of 40 mph combined with a dropping temperature as the game progressed caused problems for the offensive units.
Diller-Odell benefited from the first fumble of the game. On the first play from scrimmage, Plainview mishandled a shotgun snap and their quarterback was tackled in the end zone for a safety, giving the Griffins an early 2-0 lead.
The Griffins got the ball back and were forced into a punt, but a penalty against Plainview on the punt allowed the Diller-Odell drive to continue. The Griffins took advantage and nine plays later, on a fourth and goal play, Tyson Landenberger rumbled into the end zone from four yards out. He then converted the two point conversion, giving the Griffins a 10-0 lead.
Plainview answered with a nine play scoring drive into the wind. It consisted of all running plays, including one big run of 26 yards. A seven yard touchdown run capped the drive and the two pointer failed, keeping the score at 10-6.
Diller-Odell's offense went three and out on their next drive and their punt was blocked, giving Plainview the ball at the Diller-Odell 1 yard line. It took just one play to score and the two pointer was converted, giving the Pirates their first lead of the game at 14-10.
The Griffins came right back with a nine play scoring drive. Because of the win, they started with good field position at their own 37 yard line.
Landenberger, William McLaughlin and Ryan Arnold all had runs on the drive. Arnold capped it with a three yard touchdown run. The two point conversion failed, so Diller-Odell's lead was 16-14.
Plainview got good field position on their next drive due to the quarter change. With the wind at their back, they started at their own 31 yard line and it took just three plays to score. The big play was a 38 yard run on their second play of the drive. A three yard touchdown run capped the drive and the two pointer was converted, making it 22-16 in favor of the Pirates.
Diller-Odell's offense answered again. They started at their own 24 yard line and put together a seven play scoring drive into the wind. The biggest play of the drive was a 36 yard run by McLaughlin and personal foul yardage that was tacked on at the end of the run.
Arnold eventually finished off the drive with a five yard touchdown run. The two pointer failed, keeping the score tied at 22-22.
Plainview's offense continued to find holes in the Diller-Odell defense. They started at their own 31 yard line on their next drive and after runs of 17, 5, 13 and 8 yards, they capped the drive with a five yard touchdown run and converted the two pointer to take a 30-22 lead.
Diller-Odell's offense sputtered on their next drive and Plainview scored immediately on a 22 yard touchdown run. The two pointer was converted again, extending the lead to 38-22.
The Griffins drove it deep into Plainview territory on their next drive, but they would lose a fumble late in the drive.
Diller-Odell got the ball right back when Tucker Martin intercepted a pass, but the Griffins would be unable to score again before half time, keeping the score at 38-22.
The Griffins got their offense going again on the first drive of the second half. They started at their own 6 yard line, but they put together a 16 play scoring drive that chewed up most of the third quarter clock. Arnold capped the drive with a one yard touchdown run on fourth and goal. He also scored the two pointer, cutting the deficit to 38-30.
Plainview fumbled on the first play of their next drive, but were able to fall on it. three plays later, they rumbled in from 20 yards out and made the two point conversion, re-extending their lead to 46-30.
The rest of the game consisted of lost fumbles. Diller-Odell went three and out and punted to Plainview, but Plainview fumbled on a fourth down play, turning the ball back over on downs to the Griffins.
Diller-Odell had a nice scoring drive going early in the fourth quarter, but lost a fumble, giving Plainview the ball back at the Diller-Odell 30 yard line.
Two plays later, Plainview fumbled it right back to the Griffins at their own 32 yard line. On the third play of their next drive, Diller-Odell fumbled again, but were able to recover. They were forced to punt, though, one play later.
Plainview was able to string together several first downs to milk the clock all the way down to under two minutes. They would fumble deep in Diller-Odell territory, though, giving Diller-Odell one last chance.
The Griffins drove it into Plainview territory, but there just wasn't enough time. The clock expired, making the final score 46-30.
With the loss, Diller-Odell's season comes to an end after posting a 6-3 record. Plainview advances to the second round of the state playoffs where they will host top seeded Creighton.