This season, the No. 4 Sulphur Bulldogs haven’t been forced to face adversity very often.

This season, the No. 4 Sulphur Bulldogs haven’t been forced to face adversity very often.

However, tonight at 7 p.m. at Edmond Santa Fe High School, they won’t be facing just a tough opponent, but a team loaded with speed.

The No. 6 Beggs Demons are all that stand in the way of the Bulldogs and their first appearance in the state finals since 2004.

Awaiting the winner of this contest is a matchup with either No. 2 John Marshall or the defending state champion No. 1 Jones Longhorns next weekend for the state championship.

These teams will both enter the semifinals with near-identical records as Sulphur stands at 12-1, while Beggs is currently 11-1.

Something else these teams share is their lone losses of the season have come against ranked opponents in non-district play.

Sulphur’s only defeat of the campaign came in week four against No. 2 John Marshall 35-18. Biggs was handed a narrow 30-28 defeat against Berryhill in week one, who was then ranked in the top-five of class 3A.

These squads have also been excellent on the road this season as the Bulldogs are a combined 7-0 this season in games played away from Calvin Agee Field. Beggs is a combined 5-1 away from home this year. 

Offense will also be at a premium along with quality defense when these teams collide.

Beggs hasn’t been held below 25 points this season, while registering seven games of holding opponents to 20 points or less.

As for the Bulldogs, they have been held below 30 points one time this season (John Marshall), having scored 50 or more points four times this season. SHS’ defense has held 11 teams to 20 points or less this season.

Last week was a tale of two different quarterfinals games for both Beggs and Sulphur.

The Demons had to not only endure a hostile road environment against Oklahoma Christian School, but also survive a furious second half rally to win 32-26.

BHS will be looking for its first win in the state semifinals since 1977, when the Demons finished as the state runner up in Class 2A to Watonga. 

On the other end of the spectrum, Sulphur looked very comfortable on the road at Sperry last week, racing out to a 35-0 lead before easily claiming a 41-8 victory.

The Bulldogs are in the state semifinals for the seventh time in program history, and will be looking for their first semifinal win since 2004, which was also the last time a Sulphur team reached the final four, and won a state title. 

A big key for the Bulldogs this week will be the play of junior running back Trey Kiser, who ran 16 times for 205 yards last week with three touchdowns against the Pirates.

The 200-yard performance was the first of its kind this season for Kiser, as he has eclipsed the century mark rushing in multiple games this season.

As a team, Sulphur managed to out-gain Sperry in total yardage 474-153 without passing on a single down in the game.

Sulphur will also look to quarterback Dawson Muck for another big performance as he finished with five carries for 43 yards last week along with a pair of touchdowns.

Bradley Vineyard finished with 75 yards on nine carries while Brant Miller totaled 13 carries for 73 yards. 

However, this week the Bulldogs will have their hands full with a Demons squad who have their own potent rushing attack, as well as a dual threat quarterback in junior Dalton Spring who was 10-of-16 passing last week against OCS for 187 yards and one touchdown.

As a team against the Saints, the Demons carried the ball 36 times for 192 yards, with Kayson Tolliver (2), C.J. McCall, and Kobe Haynes all running for touchdowns.

BHS managed to hold OCS to just 68 total yards rushing on 33 carries in the state quarterfinals.

Other players the Bulldogs will have to watch out for include BJ Williams, who recorded 17 tackles last week along with an interception and two forced fumbles.

TJ Austin also recorded five sacks for the Demons, while Easton Davis registered three sacks while also recovering an onside kick and catching a touchdown pass.