When it comes to rivalries in high school football, the state of Oklahoma is full of them.

When it comes to rivalries in high school football, the state of Oklahoma is full of them.

One of the most historic of those is the annual Battle of the Arbuckles game between the Davis Wolves and the Sulphur Bulldogs.

These two long-time rivals will write the latest chapter of this rivalry at 7 p.m. tonight in Davis, as the Bulldogs will look for a 2-0 start, while the Wolves will try and break into the win column for the first time this season. 

Davis is looking to improve on one of their toughest seasons ever in 2018, and  last week the Wolves ran into a re-built Lone Grove Longhorn team and came out on the short end of a 20-15 score. 

The game against Sulphur this week will provide extra incentive for the Davis program since these two teams have locked horns for some real barn-burners over the years. 

Pulling out a win against the Bulldogs could be just the impetus the Wolves need to move on to a successful season.

Sulphur hosted Madill last week and defeated the Wildcats 49-21. The Bulldogs moved the ball well on offense, as well as having a strong defense. 

Bulldogs coach Jim Dixon is hoping for a better outing this week from his team, especially on defense.

“If we don’t improve on defense we cannot win this game against Davis,” Dixon said. 

“We had some breakdowns that hurt us last week against Madill. This week we will be using more people that will be going both on offense and defense. We will substitute people in to keep fresh bodies out there. Hopefully that will help take care of some of the issues. But it looks like more players will be playing both ways.”

Dixon has great respect for Davis, as always, and he believes the loss last week to Lone Grove was a loss not to be taken lightly.

“Lone Grove is a much better team this year, and they are much improved,” Dixon said. 

“Davis stayed with them pretty good throughout the game. Davis has an excellent offense. They block very well along the offensive front, and their quarterback and fullback are both excellent football players.

“On defense they are big and physical,” Dixon added. “They have a good power game out of the wishbone to get their offense moving. Their defense and kicking game are both excellent. So we have to stay focused and wrap up with our tackling. I thoroughly expect this to be a very good football game, as they almost always are when these two teams go after it.”

Last season when these two teams met at Calvin Agee Field in Sulphur, it was the Bulldogs coming away with a comfortable 47-9 victory. 

In 2017, which was the last time this rivalry game was played in Davis, Sulphur won 40-15. 

The last time the Wolves tasted victory against Sulphur was in 2015, which was also the last time they won against the Bulldogs at Wolf Field. 

Sulphur is home against Cache next week while Davis plays Heritage Hall.