LOOKING FOR THE TOUCHDOWN. Sophomore Trey Melton worked the field at Friday’s game against the Sulphur Bulldogs looking to add points to the board for the Wolves. Melton’s 77 yard touchdown was the only one for the night in a tough 21-6 Murray County Bedlam loss.
The Davis Wolves allowed three first-half touchdowns to Sulphur Sept. 9 at Agee Field in Sulphur. The Bulldogs used the scores to post a 21-6 win over Davis in this year’s edition of Murray County Bedlam.
The loss drops the Wolves’ record to 1-1 on the young season. For Sulphur, it marks the seventh straight win over Davis in the series.
“They (Sulphur) had a great plan,” said Davis head coach Greg Parker. “They did a good job of blocking us and by the time we figured out exactly what they were going to do with their new quarterbacks, they got far enough ahead of us and we had a hard time.”
Maddux Mobley made the start for Sulphur at quarterback. He replaced Cache Barrett who was injured against Washington the week before.
Sulphur scored touchdowns on its second and third possessions and led 14-0 early in the second quarter. The Bulldogs utilized a balanced ground attack in the first half and registered 203 yards rushing by halftime.
“Our kids played hard,” Coach Parker said. “They played hard the whole game, and I can’t fault them for that. But we didn’t execute to the very best. I was proud of their effort, and we definitely can learn from the game to get better.”
The Bulldogs notched the game’s first score midway through the first quarter. Sulphur marched 61 yards in five plays in 2:14. Mobley sparked the drive with runs of 11 and 38 yards.
Coy Myers scored on a three-yard run with 6:05 remaining. The extra-point gave the Bulldogs the 7-0 lead.
Sulphur scored again on its next possession. The Bulldogs used up the final 2:03 of the first quarter and completed the drive 50 seconds into the second.
Myers ran for 21 and 24 yards on the series. Mobley ran for 18 yards to the Wolves’ 12, setting up the touchdown two plays later.
Mobley hit Brytan Gaddy for 13 yards in the corner of the end-zone and with the extra-point Sulphur had its 14-point advantage.
“We prepared for the old Sulphur stuff which we saw most of the night,” Coach Parker said of the Bulldogs’ offense. “They definitely controlled the line of scrimmage on us. They were really patient when they had the ball and took what we were giving.”
Davis, who a week ago did not punt against Pauls Valley, was forced to punt twice in the first half.
The Wolves’ only score came in the second quarter on their fourth possession. Davis started at its own 19 following a Sulphur punt with 4:35 left before halftime.
It took the Wolves two plays and 49 seconds to cover the 81 yards. Senior Lane Rawls ran for four yards to the 23. Quarterback Jake Parker then hit sophomore Trey Melton in stride for a 77-yard touchdown pass.
Jake Parker missed his first extra-point of the season and Davis trailed 14-6.
Most of the Wolves’ offense in the first half came through the air. Jake Parker went 2-2 for 81 yards and one touchdown. The Bulldogs held Davis to 123 total yards.
The eight-point margin was short-lived though. Sulphur took the ensuing kickoff and drove 66 yards in
10 plays for its final touchdown.
Myers ran for 10 yards to the 50 and Daniel Amaya gained seven yards to the Wolves’ 25 two plays later. Mobley did most of the damage on the drive, running for 41 yards on six carries. His final five yards came with 15 ticks left before halftime. Sulphur led 21-6 following the extra-point.
Mobley rushed for 137 yards and one score in the first half on 17 carries. He finished the night with 180 yards.
“We didn’t tackle great and we never got any turnovers,” Coach Parker said. “We knew going in, we’d have to tackle well and we’d need to get some turnovers and win the turnover battle.”
On the night, neither team recorded a turnover.
Davis drove into Sulphur territory twice in the second half but was unable to manufacture any points. The Wolves reached the Bulldog 20 on both series before each drive stalled.
Davis took the second-half kickoff and maintained possession for 4:23. The Wolves marched 44 yards in seven plays.
Jake Parker picked up a first down at the Sulphur 20 on fourth-and-one on a 35-yard quarterback sneak. Jake Parker was stopped for no gain on first down and threw an incomplete pass on second. Rawls was hit for no gain on third down.
Facing fourth-and-10, Melton threw an incomplete pass off the reverse.
The Wolves reached the Sulphur 20 again late in the fourth quarter. Davis gained possession at its 33 with 5:28 remaining after Mobley threw an incompletion on fourth-and-eight.
Jake Parker had a pair of 11-yard runs and rushed for 10 yards on third-and-seven to the Bulldog 30. The senior ran for eight yards to the Sulphur 22 and picked up a first down on the next play on a two-yard run.
Once again, the Sulphur defense tightened and prevented the Wolves from reaching the endzone.
Jake Parker’s pass on first down was incomplete. He was dropped for a one-yard loss on second down.
Senior Malaki White was tackled for a four-yard loss on third-and-11 and Jake Parker ran for two yards to the Sulphur 23 on fourth-and-15.
“They (Sulphur) made the plays and we didn’t,” Coach Parker said. “That’s usually how it goes. The team that makes the plays when it counts will usually win. We had some negative plays both times and negative plays in our offense are tough to overcome against a really good football team”
In the second half, Davis rushed for 73 yards on 19 carries and was 0-7 passing. Sulphur ran for 79 yards and had an eight-yard pass completion.
“They’re really good defensively,” Coach Parker said. They’re really strong up front and their linebackers run to the ball.”
The Wolves rushed for 377 yards in the opener against Pauls Valley but were held to 108 yards against Sulphur.
Jake Parker led the Wolves with 85 yards on 16 carries.
“I was really proud of our kids and how they kept battling the whole game,” Coach Parker said. “They really stuck with it and stayed after it. I wasn’t really proud of our execution the whole night, but I was proud of their effort.”
Davis has played its first two games this season on the road.
The Wolves will finally enjoy the friendly confines of Wolf Field this Friday in their home opener against Wynnewood. Kickoff for the final non-district contest is set for 7:30.