Playing an opponent multiple times in a short span is nothing new in the world of sports.

Playing an opponent multiple times in a short span is nothing new in the world of sports.

It does however have its benefits when you can have continued success against said opponent.

Tonight at 7 p.m. in Purcell, the No. 4 Sulphur Bulldogs hope to continue this recent trend, as they make the trip to take on the Dragons.

Sulphur is a perfect 4-0 on the season and 1-0 in district 3A-2 action following their 63-13 win over Bethel at Agee Field last week. 

Purcell (1-3, 0-1) will be hoping to rebound after their 56-0 loss to Plainview at Plainview Stadium a week ago.

Despite the disparity in records Sulphur Coach Jim Dixon knows anything can happen on any given Friday night. 

“We cannot afford to take any team lightly,” Dixon said. 

“Purcell has some solid football players, and they have the opportunity to get a big win at our expense if we are not mentally prepared. This season is all about improvement week after week as we move through the year. You want to always show progress in every phase of your football team from one week to the next.”

The Bulldogs have shown strength in all areas so far this season. 

In their three full games played so far they have out-scored their opponents 162-48. 

Dixon understands the strength of this year’s team is his offensive line, but so far the defense has played well.

“Our defense stepped up big-time last week against Bethel,” Dixon said.

“They really got out there and played well and kept Bethel from getting anything going offensively. I was surprised given the strength of the Bethel offense. I was pleasantly thankful because I thought the game would be much closer. Last year we had to work hard to come away with a narrow victory against them. But our guys played well and took momentum away from them early on.”

Purcell ran into plenty of problems moving the football last week against Plainview. 

The Dragons were out-gained 647-81 in total net offensive yards. 

Dixon is hoping for a similar result by his Bulldogs against Purcell this week.

“Purcell has some talent that can hurt you if you don’t stay focused,” Dixon said. 

“Their quarterback can hurt you with the pass if you give him time for his receivers to run their routes. And their running back has good size and speed,so we have to be ready for everything they have planned for us. Our goal is to go to Purcell and take care of business.”

“We cannot afford the luxury of a let-down. The district we are in is too competitive to have a flat game on any Friday night.”

Sulphur has had plenty of success in recent years against the Dragons both home and away.

Last year the Bulldogs crushed the Dragons 55-7 at home, before pulling two victories over Purcell in the same season in 2017 with a 32-6 win on the road on opening night, before repeating the performance in the first round of the playoffs with a 47-6 victory.