The Sulphur Bulldogs will take their second step toward a possible state championship this Friday when they host the Prague Red Wolves at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Calvin Agee Field in the second round of the Class 3A playoffs.

The Sulphur Bulldogs will take their second step toward a possible state championship this Friday when they host the Prague Red Wolves at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Calvin Agee Field in the second round of the Class 3A playoffs. 

Last week the opening round was smooth sailing for the Bulldogs, as they dispatched Purcell 47-6.

But such was not the case for the Red Wolves

Prague trailed Perkins-Tryon 40-36 when they took possession at their own 20-yard line with just one timeout remaining and 1:34 on the clock. 

The Red Wolves converted time after time in their march down the field with the seconds ticking down. 

On a 3rd and 10 play from the Perkins-Tryon 15-yard line quarterback Elway Ferriell found Jake Schultz in the middle and back of the end zone for a completed touchdown pass with eight seconds remaining to give Prague the 42-40 win.

Sulphur will enter this week’s contest at 10-1 and ranked No. 4 in Class 3A. The Bulldogs have won seven in a row since their September 15 loss to No. 2 ranked John Marshall. Sulphur has scored more than 50 points in four of those games. 

The Bulldogs have put up 40 or more in seven of their eleven games. Defensively they have been equally tough. 

The Bulldogs have allowed just 13 points on three occasions since the John Marshall game.

Prague enters Friday’s match-up with an 8-3 record. The Red Wolves have won three in a row and six of their last seven. They have not lost since their 52-6 defeat at the hands of Jones, the top-ranked team in Class 3A on Oct. 13.

“Prague is a very talented football team,” Sulphur coach Jim Dixon said. “They are on a pretty good roll right now, and they will be looking to extend their streak against us. Prague has some very big linemen on both offense and defense.”

“They have a solid quarterback, one excellent running back and one good receiver,” Dixon added. 

“On offense they will mostly run out of a spread formation and with one running back from time to time. They are not a hurry-up type team, and they have a lot of weapons they can use to beat you.”

The Bulldogs come into this week’s game averaging 38 points per game and 414 offensive yards per outing. 

Their 310 rushing yards per game average is led by junior running back Trey Kiser, who is currently sitting at 1500 rushing yards this year. 

Sulphur is allowing just 15 points and 201 yards per game on defense.

The Red Wolves are averaging 39 points and 404 yards of offense per game. 

Defensively, Prague is allowing 25 points per outing and 309 yards by their opponents.

Round two of the playoffs this season is already much different for the Bulldogs than it was last year when they were handed a one-way trip to Oklahoma City and a meeting with eventual state champion Jones.

In fact, Friday night is the first time since 2008 the Bulldogs have hosted a second round playoff game.

Since 2004, the Bulldogs are a perfect 6-0 when hosting playoff games.

As for Prague, they last won a road playoff game during the 2015 season when they made it all the way to the state semifinals.

Last year, the Red Wolves were eliminated by Perkins-Tryon at Perkins in the first round.

However, since 2004 in true road playoff contests, the Red Wolves have won just once in their last seven attempts away from home, not including neutral site games.

The winner of this contest will face off with either Jay or Sperry next Friday night at a site and time to be determined in the state quarterfinals.

“Trey (Kiser) is a solid running back for us and plays extremely well as a defensive line backer,” Dixon said. 

“Our offensive line has been playing better and better every week, and they have been staying with their blocks long enough to get Trey through the line and into our opponents’ secondary.” 

“He (Trey) is hard to bring down in the open field,” Dixon added. 

“But everything starts up front with the offensive and defensive line play.”

Friday’s contest will provide a new wrinkle for both teams. These two have not played each other in recent history.

A lot is at stake in what could be the first-ever meeting between these two schools

“We’re excited about where we are right now,” Dixon said. 

“We have been playing well, and we have just about everyone pretty much injury-free. That is not always the case, especially in smaller schools. A key injury here and there to a few key people can take you out of the running.” 

“We have been especially blessed this season with the way everyone has been able to stay healthy. Hopefully we can continue to perform at a high level and move on to round three of the playoffs. It should be a great football game for the fans.”