It’s not often you get a state championship game involving two teams who have so much in common.

It’s not often you get a state championship game involving two teams who have so much in common.

However, the No. 3 Sulphur Bulldogs and No. 1 Heritage Hall Chargers have been anything but common during this season.

At 7 p.m. tonight at Charles W. Sheid Stadium in Oklahoma City on the campus of Western Heights High School, these two teams who have identical 12-1 records will face off for the Class 3A state championship. 

Heritage Hall has been the top-ranked team in Class 3A all season, while Sulphur rose to the number three spot as the playoffs began. 

Sulphur has won two state championships in 2002 and 2004, while Heritage Hall will be looking for its fourth state championship in five years, as they won state championships in 2014, 2015 and 2017. 

When these two teams last played each other in the 2004 semifinals, it was the Bulldogs who claimed a 48-21 victory, on the road to their second title in three seasons. 

“Heritage Hall is loaded with talent,” Sulphur coach Jim Dixon said. 

“They have the most talented team we have faced in quite some time. Their quarterback (Jackson Jobe) is a sophomore but plays at a much higher level. He runs the offense with a lot of efficiency, and throws the ball with a lot of accuracy. 

“He’s a load to bring down,” Dixon added about Jobe “We will need to be in position defensively for anything they run because he does so many things well.” 

This season, Jobe has totaled 905 yards passing on 51-of-64 throwing the ball with 10 touchdowns.

His favorite target has been Billy Ross Jr. who has 39 catches this season for 680 yards and seven touchdowns. 

But there’s more to Ross Jr. than his catching skills, he’s also a solid running back along with Conner Carey.

Carey leads the Chargers with 1,429 yards rushing this season with 24 touchdowns while Ross Jr. has 622 yards on the ground with nine touchdowns. 

“They (Heritage Hall) have two running backs (Conner Carey and Billy Ross Jr.) that are extremely talented, Dixon said. 

Sulphur will counter though with its own stout running attack led by senior standout Trey Kiser who has ran for more than 2,000 yards this season.

Quarterback Cole Johnson along with Tavius McDonald will also be looking to have solid contests, after helping pave the way last week for the Bulldogs in the semifinals. 

“They have good offensive linemen, and one of those players (Melvin Swindle) is 6-3, 280 pounds. Their offensive and defensive lines are both big and quick. They play excellent on special teams, and quite often that can be where a game is won or lost. Their kicker puts it in the end zone at least 50 percent of the time on kick-offs. We cannot focus on any one area of their attack because they are so solid in all the key areas that you use to judge a team by.”

These two teams have had just one common opponent this season in the  Kingfisher Yellowjackets. The final scores of those games were almost identical as Heritage Hall defeated the Yellowjackets 35-27 in week eight of the regular season, while Sulphur beat Kingfisher 35-26 in the semifinals last week at Edmond Santa Fe.

“It is encouraging that we both played Kingfisher about the same,” Dixon said. 

“But Heritage Hall has been deep in the playoffs a lot of years recently, and that makes a difference. They are very well-coached, and have played flawless in the playoffs. They have been ahead of everyone by about 35 points or more by halftime. So they come out strong to start the game.”