SULPHUR - In a battle with heavy playoff implications, the No. 4 Sulphur Bulldogs proved to be a dominating presence as they defeated the No. 6 Plainview Indians 35-12 before a packed crowd Friday night at Calvin Agee Field.

SULPHUR - In a battle with heavy playoff implications, the No. 4 Sulphur Bulldogs proved to be a dominating presence as they defeated the No. 6 Plainview Indians 35-12 before a packed crowd Friday night at Calvin Agee Field. 

The Bulldog offensive line opened holes that allowed Sulphur running backs to rush for 381 yards on 52 carries and finish the night with 427 total offensive yards. 

The Bulldog defense proved to be Bullish as well as they limited the high-powered Indian offense to 69 rushing yards and a total of 173 offensive yards.

Sulphur, ranked improved to 7-1 overall and 4-0 in District 3A-4 play. 

Plainview fell to 5-2, 2-1. 

If the Bulldogs win their final two games against Dickson and Seminole they will win the district championship.

Plainview can wrap up second place with wins over Dickson, Seminole and Madill.     

The Bulldogs dominated early and scored on their first two offensive possessions. 

They took the opening kick-off and marched 80 yards on 13 plays and used 5:30 clock time to take the lead. 

All 13 plays were on the ground, and the touchdown came with Brant Miller scoring on a 2-yard run up the middle with 6:30 left in the opening quarter for a 7-0 Sulphur lead.

Plainview went three-and-out on their initial possession, and the Bulldogs took over at their own 28-yard line. 

This time Sulphur used six running plays to move the 72 yards for a touchdown that put them up 14-0. 

Trey Kiser scored on a 24-yard run around right end. Kiser finished the night with a game-high 197 rushing yards on 16 carries (12 yards per carry) with two touchdowns.

“Our offensive and defensive lines came off the ball well tonight,” Sulphur coach Jim Dixon said. 

“They have gotten better every game. It obvious they are playing their best football right now. I am thankful that most of our key players have remained pretty healthy.”

“Plainview is a great football team with great coaching,” Dixon added. “They (Plainview) have a lot of speed and a lot of weapons they can use on offense. If you would have told me before the game we would limit them to 12 points, I would have said ‘no way.’ But our players took care of business and got the job done.”

Plainview drove for a score on their second game possession. 

Late in the opening frame they started at their own 35-yard line and moved 65 yards on nine plays to pull within a touchdown. 

Brock Parham, working at quarterback, hit Blake Nowell over the middle with a 28-yard scoring toss that made it a 14-6 game early in the second quarter. The Indians’ PAT was blocked.

The teams then traded punts, and Plainview’s Tyler Yakubchik picked off a pass by Bulldogs quarterback, Dawson Muck, deep in Indian territory late in the quarter to keep the score at 14-6 at halftime.

PHS took the second half kick-off and used just 63 seconds and five plays to score. 

Indians starting quarterback, Spencer Somerville, ran it in from 25 yards out to make it a 14-12 game. But the Plainview 2-point conversion attempt failed leaving Sulphur with the 14-12 advantage.

“Sulphur did a good job of mixing things up tonight, and they have several hard-running backs that make things happen,” Plainview coach Joe Price said. 

“They have good depth and a lot of talent throughout. Their offensive line did a great job up front of moving us back.”

“They (Sulphur) were very hard to slow down,” Price added. “Plus their defense was well-prepared and quick to the football. They have a very good football team, and they played well to get the win.”

The play that might have changed the game came following a Plainview kick-off. 

The Bulldogs had possession at their own 35-yard line to start the drive. 

On the first snap, Kiser headed inside, then cut back to his left and ran untouched 65 yards for a Sulphur touchdown that changed momentum and put the Bulldogs up 21-12.

At this point the Sulphur defense started to dominate. 

They forced the Indians to a three-and-out and took possession at their own 36-yard line. This time it took the Bulldogs 10 plays and five minutes to cover the 64 yards for an insurance score. 

With the ball at the Plainview 6-yard line Houston Haines took the handoff and headed left, stopped, and took off around right end untouched for a touchdown that gave Sulphur a 28-12 lead.

“These running backs we have are excellent athletes, and they work very hard during the week,” Dixon said. 

“I am pleased to see all their efforts pay off on Friday night like it did this week.  The offensive line did such a great job of making holes for them to get through, and when that is working well, you get to celebrate for all the work during practice.”

Dixon added his teams open week couldn’t have come at a better time following this win.

“This is our off-week, and I am grateful for that,” he said. “I believe the ‘week 0’ game is one of the best ideas they have come up with. It helps to have that week off in the season. We can use the rest and get healed up for our final two games.     

Following the Plainview touchdown to open the second half, the Bulldog defense allowed the Indians to penetrate only to the Sulphur 31-yard line the rest of the way. 

Plainview was forced to punt three times following the break.

But the Bulldogs drove for one more score, this one in the fourth quarter. Taking the ball at mid-field Sulphur marched for a touchdown that came with 4:25 left in the game. Miller, who scored the Bulldogs’ first touchdown, scored the Bulldog’s final touchdown on a 6-yard run right up the middle to make it a 35-12 game.

Plainview will have the Dickson Comets this Thursday night at Plainview Stadium. 

Sulphur is idle this week.