A true nature of a team can often be found in how they respond to adversity.

A true nature of a team can often be found in how they respond to adversity.

For the No. 5 Sulphur Bulldogs, their call to action will happen sooner rather than later.

Tonight at 7 p.m. at Calvin Agee Field, the Bulldogs will welcome the Marlow Outlaws, in a crucial District 3A-2 matchup. 

Sulphur is 6-1 on the year, and the Outlaws are 4-3. Since both teams are 3-1 in District 3A-2, this week's game is likely to be the battle for second place in the district. The winner would have an opening round playoff game at home when the post-season begins.

Last week the Bulldogs suffered their first loss of the season in a thriller against the Plainview Indians, falling 24-22.

It was slightly easier for the Outlaws who won 14-0 at home against Lone Grove, with the aid of multiple turnovers in the game. 

Sulphur coach Jim Dixon is not one to take any team lightly, especially this time of the year. 

He is taking each game one at a time, and right now Marlow is the team to beat.

"Marlow is a good team with good coaching," Dixon said. "They are much better than they were in 2018. They have lost to Plainview, Washington and Chickasha, and all of those are pretty solid teams. Plus they shut out Lone Grove last week.”

"They are pretty strong on both offense and defense," Dixon added. 

"They pursue the ball well on defense, especially with their linebackers and secondary, and actually have two excellent linebackers. Our offensive line will need to be able to create some holes for our running game if we are to be successful."

Since so much is at stake Dixon is expecting a fired-up Marlow team ready to lock horns come kick-off time.

"I can't remember a time when Marlow was considered anything but among the best around," Dixon said. "They always seem to play us hard. And I expect this game will be a hard-hitting contest like all of our previous games against them have been."

Last year when these two teams met in Marlow, it was the Bulldogs coming away with a convincing 42-7 victory.