Davis and Sulphur Prepare for Bedlam

MURRAY CO., Okla. - Nine miles separate the tradition rich football programs Davis and Sulphur, boasting eight state championships between them, it's no wonder when they face off against each other it's called bedlam.

For most of the year the only two high schools in Murray County get a long and are friendly neighbors.

"All the coaches over there and us coaches here are good friends," Sulphur Head Coach Jim Dixon said.

"Coach Dixon, when I was a very young coach, he was really the first guy, one of the elder statesman that had a lot of success, that treated me like a coach and not a kid," said Davis Head Coach Jody Weber. "I've always appreciated that about him and we're dear friends."

But for one week out of the year it's bedlam.

"It's intense, everybody talking trash," Davis Linebacker Taylor Ball said. "There's always trash talk with a rivalry game. Everybody wants to show off, show out who's better, but it all shows on the field."

"We get after each other," Sulphur Tight End Tyler Bumgarner said. "It's going to be a nice physical game."

Davis came into the season ranked as the top team in 2A, but has gone 0-2 to start the year.

The Sulphur Bulldogs are trying to restore their rich history, they knocked off Class A's fifth ranked Wynnewood last week.

However when it comes to the Murray County Bedlam rivalry, you can throw records and rankings out the window.

"Regardless of what happens Friday neither side has to change their goal," Weber said. "But we'd be silly to say that it wasn't pretty important for a regular season game, because it is."

"Everybody is fired up, there's no doubt about that," Dixon said. "But you know every game is important during the year and this is a big rivalry."

Sulphur leads the overall series 42-39 with three ties, but Davis is closing the gap winning the last seven match-ups.

"We're just going to have to not worry about the past so much and just go out there and play our game," Sulphur Wide Receiver Ray Trent said.

"I think getting our first win and it being against Sulphur would make it a lot more special," Davis Wide Receiver Braeden Trent said.

Murray County Bedlam will kick off at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Davis.