MADILL — If there was one thing the No. 4 Sulphur Bulldogs did Friday night, it was make a statement they are to be taken serious in district play.

MADILL — If there was one thing the No. 4 Sulphur Bulldogs did Friday night, it was make a statement they are to be taken serious in district play. 

SHS ran wild at Blake Smiley Stadium, leading to a 54-7 blowout of Madill in the district opener for both teams. 

The Madill Wildcats (3-2, 1-1) came into the 3A District-4 opener with high spirits and school-pride after crowning its homecoming king and queen, but the Sulphur Bulldogs proved to be too much, crashing the party on the night.

Sulphur (4-1, 1-1), on the heels off a 35-18 loss against John Marshall last week, entered Blake Smiley stadium with a bad taste in their mouth. 

It didn’t take long for the Bulldogs to rinse the remnants of the loss away with a dominant performance. 

The Bulldogs built a 48-7 halftime lead behind 421 rushing yards in the the first half, prompting Sulphur to pull its starters and run an accelerated clock in the second half.

Sulphur coach Jim Dixon said he was pleased with how his team responded,

“I was proud of our kids, last week we played extremely well,” Dixon said. “I thought our kids came back and responded from a tough loss, I’m proud of the way they played tonight.”

Dixon added his offensive line stood out in the matchup.

“I thought our offensive line blocked extremely well and I thought we chased the ball well on defense,” he said.

Sulphur hit the ground running to start the game, setting the tone with a 59-yard scoring drive to open the game at 7-0. Sulphur’s Trey Kizer got his first of four touchdowns with a one-yard touchdown rush. 

After Sulphur forced a punt, the Bulldogs struck again with a one-play 44-yard touchdown drive. Sulphur quarterback Dawson Muck connected with Trey Kizer on a seam route to bring the score to 14-0.

On their next possession, the Bulldogs cashed in on another one-play scoring drive after Sulphur’s Brant Miller carried the ball 22 yards for a touchdown. 

A missed extra point brought the score to 20-0.

Madill got its first stop of the game on the ensuing Bulldog drive after the Wildcats stripped Brant MIller after a 54-yard rush giving the Wildcats the ball at their own five-yard line. 

But the Wildcats weren’t able to capitalize on the newfound momentum, managing just a three-and-out and another punt.

The Bulldogs quick-strike scoring attack capitalized again on the next possession, this time with a two-play scoring drive. Kizer rumbled 31-yards to bring the score to 27-0.

The Bulldogs went on to build 41-0 lead after touchdown rushes by David Powell and Trey Kizer. 

Madill running back Dekevious Jordan put the Wildcats on the board on the ensuing kickoff return, sprinting 75 yards to bring the score to 41-7 in the second quarter.

But the Bulldogs responded with two minutes remaining in the first half. Brant Miller cashed in on a 70-yard scoring drive, punching it in the endzone from the one yard line to extend the Bulldog lead to 48-7 at halftime.

With the starters out, Sulphur’s Ethan Massey ended the scoring for the game with a four-yard touchdown rush to bring the score to 54-7.

Kizer led the Bulldogs in rushing and receiving, carrying the ball 113 yards and racking up 44 yards receiving en route to four total touchdowns in the first half. 

Suphur running back  Bradley Vineyard carried the ball for 126 yards with Brant Miller rushing for 89 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

Muck carried the ball 87 yards, and threw for 72 yards and a touchdown in the win.

Sulphur will host the Lone Grove Longhorns in their homecoming game Friday night.

Following their game against the Longhorns, the Bulldogs will then face a showdown with Plainview.

Madill will look to get back on track against the Dickson Comets at Dickson, Friday at 7:30 p.m.