After making their way to another district championship, the No. 3 Sulphur Bulldogs can begin their quest towards another title this week.

After making their way to another district championship, the No. 3 Sulphur Bulldogs can begin their quest towards another title this week.

 At 7  p.m. Friday night at Calvin Agee Field, the Bulldogs will take on the Perkins-Tryon Demons in the opening round of the Class 3A playoffs.

The winner of this contest will meet either Idabel or Cascia Hall in the state quarterfinals next week.

Sulphur enters on the heels of a nine-game winning streak after dropping their opening game against Cache. The Bulldogs won the district 3A-2 title with a perfect 7-0 record.

Meanwhile the Demons enter with a 7-3 record, and were the fourth seed out of the super tough District 3A-1 which includes No. 1 Heritage Hall, No. 7 John Marshall, and No. 4 Kingfisher.

According to Sulphur coach Jim Dixon, he believes that the Demons will bring one of the toughest challenges the Bulldogs have faced this season.

“They (Perkins-Tryon) play in one of the toughest districts in Class 3A,” he said. “They have played well and beat everyone except the highest ranked teams in the state.”

“They run out of a spread offensive formation,” Dixon added.  “Their quarterback runs a keeper play a lot, and they have good running backs along with excellent receivers. Their front four or five in their defensive set are all big and quick. I can’t seem to find any weaknesses in this team.”

Perkins-Tryon is led at the quarterback position by sophomore Austin Mages, who has thrown for 600 yards on 44-for-84 passing this season with six touchdowns along with two interceptions. 

Mages though has made the biggest impact with his legs this season, as he is the Demons second leading rusher with 898 yards on 162 carries with nine touchdowns. He also has four games in which he has run for 100 yards or more this year.

The Demons leading rusher is senior Ty Hill, who has 1,067 yards on the ground with 131 carries this season to go with 10 touchdowns, and five games in which he has rushed for 100 yards or more.

Sulphur will respond though with its own solid offensive attack led by Trey Kiser along with Tavius McDonald and Cole Johnson.

The Bulldogs have only allowed an opponent to score more than 30 points twice this season. No opposing team has scored more than 30 points on the Bulldogs at home this season.

Since 2016, the Bulldogs are 3-0 in playoff games played at Calvin Agee Field, including two victories last season against Purcell and Prague in the first two rounds.

While these two teams have not met in more than 20 years of competition, Dixon said he’s expecting a very tough and competitive game Friday night.

“This is the time of the year when you need to be good and healthy,” he said. “Along with those two ingredients, you need a little bit of luck.

“We’re hopeful to have everyone on our team healthy and ready to go come Friday night,” Dixon added.

 “I know we still need to keep getting better in order to be as successful as we want to be. I am grateful and thankful we have this game at home, because it’s what we worked hard all through the district competition to get. Everyone is equal at this point in the season, and the best thing is to learn how to take each game one at a time.”