After clinching yet another district championship last week, the No. 4 Sulphur Bulldogs will be looking to stay in prime playoff condition this week in their regular season finale.

After clinching yet another district championship last week, the No. 4 Sulphur Bulldogs will be looking to stay in prime playoff condition this week in their regular season finale.

At 7 p.m. Friday night at Thompson Field in Pauls Valley, the Bulldogs will go head-to-head with the Panthers, as both teams wrap up the district campaign.

Sulphur enters this game on the heels of an eight game winning streak at 8-1, while sporting a 6-0 district record. Pauls Valley meanwhile was eliminated from the playoff picture last week, and is currently at 5-4 overall and 3-3 in district play. 

“It is business as usual for us,” Sulphur coach Jim Dixon said. 

“Pauls Valley has been in all of their games, and they played Plainview pretty tough last week. They run out of a wishbone, and their offensive line has been doing a great job creating running lanes. “They have a good quarterback and a solid fullback that make you play strong on every down,” Dixon added. “The one thing they haven’t done lately is turn the ball over. With their ball-control offense, it can turn into a long night if we don’t establish a strong defense early on.”

Last week against Plainview, the Panthers ran 59 running plays, most of which were between the tackles. 

Despite dropping a 28-14 game to the Indians the Panthers ran 68 offensive plays to just 34 which were run by Plainview. 

It wasn’t as complicated of a game last week for Sulphur though, as the Bulldogs cruised to a 60-28 victory over the Douglass Trojans at Calvin Agee Field.

Logan Smith stole the show offensively, as he totaled eight carries for 153 yards and three touchdowns, while leading rusher Trey Kiser only needed three carries for 79 yards with one touchdown. 

Dixon is hoping the Bulldog defense can in some way limit the Pauls Valley running game and keep the Panther defense on the field as much as possible.

“We cannot let them control the game momentum or we are in trouble,” he said. 

“We’ve got to hang onto the football and not give them any extra offensive possessions. We want to get ahead of them early and stay ahead of them.”

“Their offense is not geared much to coming from behind with a big passing game,” Dixon added. “Although their quarterback (Jack Grimmett) has shown that he can throw the ball well.”

Last season when the Bulldogs visited Thompson Field, they managed to come away with a convincing 55-13 victory over the Panthers. 

“We have a few bumps and bruises on the team right now, so we have been looking for other players to step up and show what they can do,” Dixon said. “They’ve been doing a good job. This game is like all our games in this district in that it is a toss-up every week.” 

“We have to go out and compete at a high level every time we hit the field,” Dixon said. “It is important that we finish the regular season on a high note by getting a win in this game. I believe our team understands this quite well.”

Sulphur will open the playoffs next Friday night at Calvin Agee Field against either Mannford or Perkins-Tryon.