After finally breaking into the win column last week for the first time this season, the Lone Grove Longhorns will be facing a tall task this week as they look for win number two.

After finally breaking into the win column last week for the first time this season, the Lone Grove Longhorns will be facing a tall task this week as they look for win number two. 

At 7 p.m. tonight at Longhorn Stadium, the No. 8 Sulphur Bulldogs will come to town, as one team will look to continue its undefeated run through district play, while the other will look to improve its playoff chances. 

Lone Grove enters this contest 1-4 overall and 1-1 in district play, while Sulphur is 4-1 overall and 2-0 in district action. 

In order to be successful the Longhorns will need to find a way to stop Bulldog running back Trey Kiser. 

Kiser is currently number two in the state rushing stats with 116 carries for 1178 yards and 20 touchdowns.

With a win Sulphur will be able to keep pace with Plainview and Marlow in the fight for a district championship, as those teams will collide this evening at Marlow, and both enter with undefeated records in district play. 

Sulphur coach Jim Dixon said that his team is not taking the Longhorns lightly, despite their early season struggles. 

“Lone Grove is way better than their 1-4 record,” he said. “They have been in every game, and they have played some very good teams. We have a lot of respect for them, and we know we better prepare our team well for this game.” 

“We know they will be coming in to this game with a lot of confidence and excitement because they went on the road and got an important win at Douglass,” Dixon added. “We know we will have our hands full.”

One of the players Lone Grove will be depending on is running back J.J. Barnes, who has scored in multiple games this season for the Longhorns. 

Barnes isn’t the only player who has gotten the attention of the Bulldogs leading up to this contest.

“Their quarterback runs their offense really well, and he has a good passing arm,” Dixon said. “Their running back (J.J.Barnes) is explosive. We have to contain him to stay in the game. Another player that stands out is Michael Ramsay. He can run with the ball, and he is solid with his defensive play. They appear to be bigger up front than we are. That presents a problem area if we cannot control the line of scrimmage.”