DAVIS - The annual “Battle of the Arbuckles” did not disappoint the many fans that crammed into Wolf Field Friday night.

DAVIS - The annual “Battle of the Arbuckles” did not disappoint the many fans that crammed into Wolf Field Friday night. 

Sulphur scored three unanswered touchdowns and pulled away for a 40-15 win over the Davis Wolves to lay claim to this year’s bragging rights.

In a game which was a nail-biting, hard-hitting contest that had everyone on the edge of their seat until just under ten minutes left in the third quarter. 

In  Friday’s game, the Bulldogs proved to be too strong along the line and had more individual playmakers with breakaway speed. 

Of the six Sulphur touchdowns, three were over 49 yards, and one came on a 90-yard kick-off return.

Both teams kept the ball on the ground primarily, and it was the Wolves that got on the board first. 

With one second remaining in the first quarter Jared Brown broke through the middle of the line and rambled 26 yards for a touchdown to give the Wolves a 7-0 lead. The score ended an 11-play, 62-yard drive for Davis.

On the next offensive possession by the Bulldogs Trey Kiser broke over left tackle and outran all Wolf defenders for a 49-yard scoring run that capped a 7-play, 86-yard drive. The missed PAT left the Wolves on top 7-6.

Later in the quarter, Sulphur was pinned at their 10-yard line with 3:15 to go before intermission. 

But the Bulldogs came roaring out and ultimately scored on a 69-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Dawson Muck to Houston Haines. That gave Sulphur a 12-7 lead at the break.

“For some reason we have started all three of our games slow and then played well later in the game,” Sulphur coach Jim Dixon said. “The kids are playing hard and they did a good job of controlling the line of scrimmage on both offense and defense. “

“We had some skilled players step up and make some big plays for us in the second half that kind of put things away,” Dixon added.  “Controlling the line is a key to winning a football game.”

Sulphur (3-0), No. 4 in Class 3A, took the second half kick-off and needed just 52 seconds to score. 

Bradley Vineyard took the handoff, skirted left end and took it the distance 63 yards for a touchdown that put the Bulldogs up 18-7 after their third PAT miss in a row going for two.

Davis (1-1), No. 2 in Class 2A, was not down for the count yet, however. 

After a good kick-off return the Wolves had the ball at their 45 yard line. 

It took Davis just four plays to move the 55 yards for a score. 

Logan Taliaferro scored on a 3-yard run right up the middle. Blake Neal scored the 2-point PAT and the Wolves were now within 18-15 with 9:38 left in the third quarter.

But the game’s momentum switched quickly on the ensuing kick-off. Haines took the kick-off at the Bulldog 10-yard line and took it right down the sideline almost untouched for a 90-yard return that increased the Sulphur lead to 24-15. This time Muck ran the 2-point PAT around right end to put the Bulldogs up 26-15.

“Houston has been improving quite a big every week for us,” Dixon said. “He has good size and excellent speed. And he is beginning to run much smarter.” 

“He has played extremely well for us, and he has had some big games. That kick-off return definitely turned the tide in this game.”

Two possessions later Davis quarterback Payton Webber lost the handle on the football and the Bulldogs recovered at the Davis 23-yard line. 

It took Sulphur just three plays to find the end zone when Muck hit David Powell with a 23-yard post pattern pass that upped the Bulldog advantage to 34-15 heading to the fourth.

Sulphur finished with 351 rushing yards on 35 carries (10 yards per carry) compared to just 114 yards on 42 carries by Davis. 

The Bulldogs doubled up the Wolves 443-210 in total offensive yards.

“I don’t mind at all losing to a team that is better than we are, and right now Sulphur is a better team,” Davis coach Jody Weber said. 

“We still plan on being a very good football team as we move through the season.” 

“I am encouraged by the way our players acted tonight,” Weber added. “They never gave up and let down. And you can take players like that and make a lot of good things happen. This team is going to be very good by the end of the season.”

A 9-play, 80-yard drive by Sulphur early in the fourth period resulted in a touchdown that came when Brant Miller took it in from a yard out for the score.

Kiser led the way for the Bulldogs with 141 yards on 13 carries. Vineyard had 5 carries for 86 yards. Jared Brown led the Wolves with five carries for 44 yards.

Sulphur will now gear up for the challenge of No. 2 John Marshall, who will be visiting Agee Field Friday night. 

Meanwhile, Davis  will head to Oklahoma City to take on Heritage Hall, ranked No. 2 in Class 4A.