NOBLE — It was a rough night on both sides of the ball for Verdigris.
The Cardinals, who committed two turnovers, were held to minus-11 yards rushing and 121 total in a 55-13 loss to No. 3 Plainview in the Class 3A semifinals at Noble Stadium on Friday night.
Verdigris finished the season with a 10-3 record, the best in school history.
The Indians will play Lincoln Christian in next week's state championship game at the University of Central Oklahoma's Wantland Stadium. The Bulldogs ousted defending champion Heritage Hall, 33-6, on Friday.
The Indians returned the opening kickoff 86 yards for a touchdown and never looked back, scoring the game's first 42 points.
Led by quarterback Brock Parham, Plainview racked up 349 yards.
Parham rushed for 85 yards and three touchdowns on nine carries while also for 68 yards and a score on 4-of-9 passing.
Blake Nowell was the touchdown recipient on a 21-yard pass, giving the Indians a 35-0 lead with 25 seconds until halftime. He also notched an interception.
Tyson Al Jbour was a force on the ground as well, tallying 112 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries.
In all, the Indians rushed for 281 yards.
To make matters worse, Plainview successfully converted on 4 of 5 fourth downs.
Meanwhile, the Cardinals punted eight times while picking up only six first downs.
Verdigris didn't score until the 7:52 mark in the third quarter when Sloan Roller scored on a 5-yard run.
Freshman quarterback Dylan White completed 15 of 28 passes for 132 yards and a touchdown with two interceptions.
His lone scoring touchdown throw came when he corralled a bad snap on fourth down and heaved it to Toby Willis in the end zone for a 17-yard touchdown with 1:27 remaining.
A week after finishing with 191 yards receiving and three touchdowns on seven receptions, Willis managed only 61 yards on eight catches.
Freshman running back Caden Parnell led the Cardinals on the ground with 32 yards on 11 carries.
Plainview's defense tallied seven tackles for loss, costing Verdigris 63 yards.
Come back this weekend for Progress sports editor Kevin Green's full story.