SULPHUR – Trey Kiser and Bradley Vineyard each rushed for a pair of touchdowns Friday night as the fourth-ranked Sulphur Bulldogs crushed Purcell 47-6 in the first round of the Class 3A State Football Playoffs.
Kiser ran for 178 yards on just 14 carries and scored twice off runs of 18 and 38 yards. Vineyard, who ended up with 68 yards on only eight attempts, had TD runs of 2 and 14 yards.
Brant Miller also had a scoring run of 3 yards, as he finished with 97 yards on 19 tries, and quarterback Dawson Muck netted 28 yards on six carries and scored off a 2-yard run.
Sulphur, 10-1 on the season, totaled 336 yards, with 302 coming on the ground.
The Bulldogs also received an 89-yard kickoff return from Tavius McDonald with 7:02 to go in the contest after the Dragons had scored their only touchdown of the night off a Caylin Nimmo 2-yard run just 14 seconds earlier.
The Sulphur defense was quite effective as well, holding Purcell to 151 total yards with 130 on the ground.
For the Bulldogs, Jacob Farrell intercepted a pass and Josh Watterson had a fumble recovery.
Sulphur led 7-0 after one quarter as Kiser scored off an 18-yard run with 4:53 left and Vineyard kicked the extra point.
That score stood up until the 6:57 mark of the second quarter, as the Bulldogs closed the half with 19 unanswered points.
Miller’s 3-yard run and Vineyard’s PAT started the second-quarter scoring onslaught to make it 14-0. Kiser’s 38-yard TD run upped the count to 20-0 as the point-after kick failed with 3:47 showing on the clock and then Muck’s 2-yard run with 1:42 to go before halftime made it 26-0 at the break as the extra point failed.
Sulphur’s advantage swelled to 33-0 with 8:05 remaining in the third when Vineyard scored from 2 yards out and Vineyard converted the PAT.
With 11:53 left in the contest, Vineyard had his second touchdown off a 14-yard run and Vineyard tacked on the extra point to make it 40-0.
Purcell finally got on the board with 7:16 to go off Nimmo’s 2-yard run to break up the Bulldogs’ shutout bid, but on the ensuing kickoff, McDonald went cross country for the score on his 89-yard return and Vineyard converted the PAT.
It was the second time in which Sulphur beat Purcell this season. The Bulldogs popped the Dragons, 32-6, in the season opener on Aug. 26.
Sulphur hosts Prague, 8-3, for a second-round contest on Friday at 7:30 p.m.