SULPHUR — During their time as Sulphur athletes Payton Row, Trey Kiser and Cole Johnson have known for plenty of success, and hard work in their respective programs.

SULPHUR — During their time as Sulphur athletes Payton Row, Trey Kiser and Cole Johnson have known for plenty of success, and hard work in their respective programs.

Wednesday morning, all of their combined efforts proved to pay off in one special ceremony.

All three athletes signed their National Letters of Intent to play college sports, with Kiser and Johnson signing for football and Row signing for basketball. 

Kiser will be suiting up at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M, while Johnson will play for the Mean Green of North Texas University in Denton, Texas.

Row meanwhile will be applying her skills at Redlands Community College in El Reno.

“I’m very excited that I’ve been able to sign this finally,” Row said. “This is something I’ve worked my whole career to earn, and I’m excited to continue my future at Redlands. Even after I committed then the coaches from Redlands continued to come to my games and that meant a lot to me support wise. This town gives us great support and I’m very appreciative for it.”

Lady Bulldogs coach Toby Todd had nothing but praise for his senior point guard and the hard work she has put in during her time at Sulphur.

“Payton is such a great kid first off,” he said. “She’s been all in from the beginning, and to get to see her do something she has always dreamed of doing is very exciting for myself and everyone. Basketball is a great sport, and I’m proud of her character. She (Payton) has really grown into a leader and a fantastic player. I’m very proud of her.” 

Sulphur is currently No. 5 in Class 3A with an overall record of 19-1 on the season.

As for the Bulldogs football standouts, they were apart of the state runner-up team from this season which went 12-2.

Kiser was named as an OCA All-State selection and a Class 3A All-Star by Class selection this season.

He finished with 293 Carries for 2,572 yards and 39 touchdowns on the ground this season along with

131 tackles,13 tackles for loss, 8 sacks, 3 Fumble recoveries on defense. 

For his career, Kiser finished with 6,123 yards rushing and 84 touchdowns at Sulphur.

“It’s overwhelming at first,” Kiser said about the signing ceremony. “But once you sign it’s like a relief going to the next step, and I love a challenge and I’m excited about it. College is a whole other level, but I think I can compete with those guys and show them what I’m made of.”

“NEO has a small town feel and that’s what I like,” Kiser added. “I’m excited to go be apart of that culture and show them what I have to offer.” 

When it came to numbers this season, Cole Johnson certainly put up plenty of them.

He finished his senior year with 1,002 yards passing on 50-of-95 throws for the year with 10 touchdowns and three rushing touchdowns. He had zero interceptions as well.

“It’s a great opportunity for me and I’m excited about this chance,” Johnson said. “North Texas is building something special right now. The culture is starting to change and it’s definitely something to get excited about. The support we have here is amazing and all of these people are going to be with us every step of the way.”