SULPHUR - The Sulphur Bulldogs celebrated homecoming and capped off the evening with a solid 54-13 victory over the Lone Grove Longhorns at Agee Field.

SULPHUR - The Sulphur Bulldogs celebrated homecoming and capped off the evening with a solid 54-13 victory over the Lone Grove Longhorns at Agee Field. 

The Bulldogs finished with 454 rushing yards on 48 carries and finished the game with 541 total yards to Lone Grove’s 214. 

Sulphur totally dominated along the line of scrimmage and didn’t allow the Longhorns many running lanes until the second half with the game well in hand.

Sulphur (5-1 overall and 2-0 in District 3A-4) and ranked No. 4 in Class 3A, scored on their first four possessions and five of six possessions in the first half to put things away early. 

A defensive stand by the Bulldogs gave them the ball at the Lone Grove 48-yard line early in the first quarter. 

Four plays and a minute later, running back Bradley Vineyard circled left end and took it 14 yards for a score.

Lone Grove (0-5, 0-2) punted on their next possession, and this time Sulphur was pinned at their own 8-yard line. 

Being pinned inside their own territory was no problem for Sulphur however.

 A 7-play, 92-yard drive in three minutes by the Bulldog offense culminated with a 10-yard scamper around right end by Tavius McDonald for a 14-0 Sulphur lead.

The Longhorns continued to be unable to move the football against the stiff Bulldog defense. Following another Lone Grove punt, the Bulldogs took over at their own 27-yard line. 

A 6-play, 73-yard march by Sulphur resulted in a 33-yard scoring run up the middle by Trey Kiser. Following Lone Grove’s third consecutive three-and-out, the Bulldogs regained possession at their 37-yard line. 

This time it took Sulphur just four plays and 46 seconds to go up 27-0. The touchdown came when Vineyard broke through the middle of the line and raced untouched 11 yards for the score.

    “Our offensive line blocked extremely well tonight, and that’s why we appeared so dominate on offense,” Sulphur coach Jim Dixon said. “We have got some good running backs right now. They have good speed and they run hard. They are following their blocks just like the plays are designed. And that’s what makes our offense do as well as it has.” 

“Dawson (Muck) has been throwing the ball pretty well also,” Dixon added. “That helps keep teams honest and not load the box to stop the run. I am really pleased with the depth we have in those skilled positions. We have some players in the lower classes that can go out and perform pretty well right now.”

With two minutes left before the half, the Bulldogs took over at their own 32-yard line following a Longhorn punt. 

This time it took Sulphur just 1:30 to cover the 68 yards in six plays to increase their lead to 33-0 at intermission. Kiser scored on a 3-yard run around right end for the touchdown.

Brant Miller led the Bulldog ground attack with 13 carries for 147 yards and one touchdown. 

Kiser had nine carries for 81 yards and three touchdowns, and Tavius McDonald had 72 yards on three carries with a touchdown. 

Vineyard finished with two touchdowns and had five carries for 70 yards.

“Sulphur operates so well in all phases of the game, and they are well coached,” Lone Grove coach Trey Owens said. “They are big and physical up front, and their running backs run with speed and power. They have the total package. We were a little out of sync in the first half because our timing was off. Our backs weren’t getting to the holes quick enough to break something.

 “Sulphur is the fifth game in a row of a brutal schedule we had to start the season,” Owens added. “Hopefully these five tough games we have played will help get us ready for our final five district games. We have a good chance to make the playoffs, and hopefully we can continue to improve and finish off the regular season well.”

The Bulldogs found the end zone on their first two possessions of the second half. 

Kiser scored on a 15-yard run to cap a 65-yard drive to open the third. Following a Lone Grove fumble, Sulphur took over at their 45-yard line. 

This time it took the Bulldog offense just 13 seconds and three plays to increase their lead to 47-0. 

The touchdown came following a 45-yard run by Miller to the Lone Grove 3-yard line and then a 3-yard scoring run by Miller over right tackle.

 “We had a chance to use a lot of people in the second half,” Dixon said. “That’s a good thing because it gives them game experience. We have to work at reducing our penalties, however.”

“We have to eliminate them entirely, because you can’t have those issues killing your drives. We had two touchdowns called back tonight due to penalties.

“Lone Grove came here and competed hard against us,” Dixon added. “They never quit. They are well-coached and they have had one of the toughest schedules this year that I’ve seen in a while. They are going to be a solid football team on down the line.”

Lone Grove got on the scoreboard late in the third on a 21-yard run by Shelden Brown that ended a 3-play, 61-yard drive. McDonald scored on the first play of the fourth for the Bulldogs on a 51-yard touchdown run that made it 54-6.

The Longhorns got their final score on a 42-yard run around right end by Caleb Neill.

Brown had 17 carries for 85 yards to lead the Lone Grove offensive attack.

Sulphur travels to Pauls Valley this week to take on the Panthers.

A showdown with Plainview will be looming for SHS the next week.

Lone Grove returns to Longhorn Field to host the Dickson Comets.