SULPHUR, OK - Sulphur football has not lost since August 24th, when the weather was a lot warmer and this team was a lot less experienced than they will be when they take the field for the OSSAA 3A state championship game Friday against Heritage Hall.
"It is great to be in the finals, but you have got to go out there and finish the job, that is the bottom line," said Sulphur head coach Jim Dixon.
The entire team feels the same way as their head coach headed into their final game of the season, especially the bulldogs senior leaders.
"Ever since we were in fourth grade you just remember when you were little thinking about winning a gold ball your senior year and now it is reality and we just have to go make that reality happen," said Sulphur senior running back Trey Kiser.
The reality of playing for a state title was the last thing on the Bulldogs mind after they lost their season opener, but they have put that hiccup in their rear view mirror as they have rolled off 12 straight wins since.
"We started off rough when we lost the first game, but we have had a lot of young guys step up and we have all played really well together and that is what has gotten us through this whole year," said Sulphur senior safety Mason Lance.
"It has been a great year, we lost a lot of kids from last year, but we were still optimistic because of the work ethic these kids have," said Coach Dixon.
While the 2018 season will be remembered as a successful one regardless of the result Friday, these seniors know have their sights set on one last win to cement their place in the Sulphur football history books.
"It is going to be a huge game Friday night, but you just have to treat it like any other game even though this game is do or die because it is your last game you will ever play if you are a senior, so you just have to go as hard as you can and hope you come out on top," said Kiser.
"It would mean everything, I mean we have only won it twice and having another one would mean everything to us, especially as seniors we have been working so hard for this and it would be amazing," said Lance