By Bill Baker
Throughout the years, there have been games which have defined a season for certain teams.
It just so happens that for the Plainview Indians and the Sulphur Bulldogs, one of those games will take place on Thursday night, against each other.
At 7 p.m. tonight at Plainview Stadium, the No. 3 Indians will take on the No. 4 Bulldogs, in a game which will determine who grabs control of the district lead in District 3A-2.
Both of these teams enter this contest with identical 3-0 records in district play, while Sulphur is 6-0 overall and Plainview is 4-1 on the year.
Plainview is averaging 47 points a game, and Sulphur is averaging 44 points per outing.
Both teams have three regular season games left following Thursday's match-up.
Plainview will play Lone Grove, Pauls Valley and Douglas. Sulphur finishes with Marlow, Douglas and Pauls Valley.
Although not a given, Thursday's winner would be in the driver's seat for the District Title.
"Sulphur is a great football team, and they have been great a long time," Plainview coach Joe Price said.
“They have great players, and they have excellent coaches, and on offense they are about 85 percent run due to the strength of their offensive line. They overwhelm you with their aggressiveness, and they come off the ball strong. Their quarterback has been playing well, and their running backs are all solid runners."
"Defensively they pursue the ball well," Price added.
"They try to take you out of your rhythm, and have defensive schemes that frees up a defensive player that might be un-blocked. We will need to make sure we play disciplined in our blocking. In order to be successful we must have everyone accounted for when we snap the ball. They have a lot of strengths, and we have strengths also, and hopefully we can do the things we like to do and do them well. It should be a very competitive game."
In the last decade the teams have locked horns every year. The Indians won seven in a row from 2010-16, while the Bulldogs won in 2017 and last year.
The District Championship has come down to the winner of the Plainview/Sulphur game every year but one.
"This will be by far the best team we have seen this year," Sulphur coach Jim Dixon said.
"They (Plainview) have no weaknesses. They are solid on offense and defense, and they do a great job in the kicking game. They are very solid on all phases of the game, and have a lot of players in their senior class, which has some of the best players we have seen."
"Their quarterback (Brock Parham) is the catalyst for their team," Dixon added.
"He throws the ball with such accuracy, and their receivers do a great job of getting open and catching the ball. You cannot focus on any receiver because he is able to find the open player with consistency. He also runs well with the football. We will need to find a way to get some pressure on him and get them out of sync.”