LONE GROVE - If there was any question about the Sulphur Bulldogs looking ahead to a showdown with Plainview before taking on Lone Grove Friday night, those questions were quickly answered.

LONE GROVE - If there was any question about the Sulphur Bulldogs looking ahead to a showdown with Plainview before taking on Lone Grove Friday night, those questions were quickly answered.

Sulphur scored on six of its first seven possessions with the ball in the first half, as the Bulldogs built up an early 49-0 lead, eventually winning 56-16 at Longhorn Stadium. 

Sulphur’s Trey Kiser led the Bulldogs with 125 yards on nine carries and two rushing touchdowns. Kiser, the number two rusher in the state, now has 1303 yards on 125 carries and 22 rushing touchdowns for the season. 

Kiser also had one pass reception for a touchdown against Lone Grove.

Sulphur (5-1, 3-0 ) had 21 points on the board six minutes into the game. Kiser scored on touchdown runs of 21 yards and 51 yards, and on defense David Powell recorded an interception and returned it 41 yards for a touchdown. 

“We are getting better every game,” Sulphur coach Jim Dixon said. “Our offensive line is improving because we are able to sub people and keep everyone fresher. We had two games I felt we did not play well. But we are now putting together as we advance through the season.” 

“We have a lot of respect for Lone Grove.,” Dixon added. 

“They have played everyone tough. We were just able to gain a quick lead on them tonight.”

The Bulldogs scored on all four offensive possessions in the second quarter. 

First Logan Smith broke free around the right end and rumbled 46 yards for a score. 

Sulphur quarterback Cole Johnson then found Kiser over the middle on a 24-yard touchdown pass, before Powell added an eight yard rushing touchdown and was on the receiving end of a 65-yard scoring toss from Johnson to make it a 49-0 lead at halftime. 

“We are a young team, and it is going to take some time for us to show the kind of improvement we need,” Lone Grove coach Brad O’Steen said. “Sulphur has an excellent team. Coach Dixon has a great tradition going, and they are hard to match up with. I was pleased, however, with the way we played in the second half. We challenged them at halftime, and I felt like they responded well to the challenge.”

Sulphur’s Ethan Massey ran it in from four yards out on the Bulldogs’ initial second-half possession. 

Lone Grove (1-5, 1-2), got on the board when J.J. Barnes scored on a three-yard run late in the third quarter. 

The Longhorns added 10 points in the fourth, as a bad Sulphur snap on a punt attempt gave Lone Grove a safety, before Adrian Becker finished the game scored on a four-yard touchdown run with six minutes remaining on the clock.

The Bulldogs averaged 10 yards a carry with 322 yards on 32 rushing plays. 

Sulphur had a 409-201 advantage in total offensive yards.

“We have a big challenge ahead of us now with Plainview up next on our schedule,” Dixon said. “Plainview is as good as any team in Class 3A , and we will have our hands full this Friday night. It will be a challenge to get one of the top four spots in this district with the quality of teams we have.”

Sulphur will be at home for its showdown with Plainview at 7 p.m. Friday night at Calvin Agee Field in Sulphur, while Lone Grove will be back at home hosting the Marlow Outlaws at Longhorn Stadium in Lone Grove.