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Rivalry sets Davis, Sulphur high schools, towns apart

Football tradition is in high esteem at Davis and Sulphur high schools. Both are in Murray County, and consolidating the schools has been mentioned before. But that idea meets resistance locally.
BY RJ YOUNG Modified: July 27, 2012 at 8:36 pm •  Published: July 29, 2012

Wolf Field is a stone's throw south of Stillwater Milling Company and just east of railroad tracks next to the home side bleachers.

When a train barrels through while the Davis Wolves play football, the stadium shakes.

Painted on the visitors' locker room of the stadium in red block letters are these words: “Wolf Field, state champions 1979, 1986, 1990, 1995.”

Davis High School hasn't missed the playoffs since 1984. Its string of 28 consecutive playoff appearances is the longest streak in the state.

On game days, Davis' 2,500 residents bathe the town in red and white, the school's colors.

Davis holds its football tradition in high esteem as does its cross-county rival, Sulphur High School.

Both schools are located in Murray County, and Davis is just nine miles from Sulphur.

Consolidating the two schools has been mentioned in and out of the county, but Davis High School principal and athletic director Rod Maynard doesn't think that's a realistic option.

“That would be kind of like consolidating OU and OSU,” Maynard said.

The Sulphur Bulldogs won state championships in Class 3A in 2002, and Class 2A in 2004, and were state runner-up in 2002.

Family values

Davis High School is located a few blocks east of Wolf Field. Maynard's office is at the school's center. Portraits of the school's mascot hang in the lobby.

Inside his office, Maynard is crowded by three Davis men who all have close ties to the football program: Monte “Goober” Holland, Jeff Jennings and Shane Summers.

Each man traded stories when Maynard broke in. The football team doesn't belong to the school, Maynard said — it belongs to Davis.

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