BROKEN BOW - Miami was big-played to death.
Getting three touchdowns on plays of 14-yards or more, then a fourth on a third-down pass after the Wardogs had pulled to within three points, third-ranked Broken Bow churned out a 35-25 victory here Friday night in a first-round Class 4A playoff game.
“I thought it was finally going to happen for this football team,” Miami head coach Chris Risenhoover said. “They have always hung in there and played hard. They were deserving of a night like that, winning a big football game. I thought it was going to happen since we'd been so close so many times against good teams..”
The loss ends Miami's season at 5-6 while Broken Bow improves to 10-1. The Savages host Weatherford Friday in the second round.
Weatherford ousted Mannford 26-14.
“You've got to give it to Broken Bow - they were able to drive it down and put one in the end zone again to put us in a desperation situation,” Risenhoover said.
The Wardogs were on the verge of being blown out after Broken Bow scored on its first possession of the third quarter, opening up a 27-12 advantage.
But MHS showed it wasn't done yet.
The ensuing kickoff resulted in a touchback, giving Miami possession at its 20.
Twelve plays later, Grant Longcrier - who alternated at quarterback throughout the evening with Trent Turner - bulled over from the 1-yard line.
Turner completed passes of 21 yards to Longcrier and 27 yards by James Pickens to highlight the drive. The touchdown came on a third-and-goal play.
The conversion pass by Turner was incomplete, leaving the Savages with a 28-18 advantage with 3:41 left in the third quarter.
Miami followed that up with one of its biggest defensive stands of the season, turning the hosts back on a fourth-and-2 carry by Mitchell Bailey.
The Savages had reached the Miami 31 on a 4-yard carry by tailback Albert Wright, but Chad Johnston dropped Wright for a yard loss on third down. Bailey then was stuffed on fourth down.
Passes again played a big role in the drive, this time with Turner hooking up with Nick Henson for 11 yards and Longcrier for 33.
Henson caught another pass for 19 and the play had another 15 yards tacked on for a late hit.
Turner was stopped for no gain at the Broken Bow 4-yard line, then powered his way into the end zone for the TD.
The extra point kick by Seth Rhodes made it a three-point game with 9:20 remaining.
Broken Bow wrestled the momentum back when it took the ensuing kickoff and drove 59 yards for an insurance touchdown - a 6-yard pass from Jody Shomo to tight end Kyle Beam on a third-and-goal play.
The PAT kick by Drew Prater created what would be the final margin with 4:23 left.
Miami's final possession of the season ended when cornerback D.J. Butler intercepted Turner at the Savage 48.
Broken Bow then killed off the final 2:24.
The Savages finished with 296 yards in total offense - just 26 more than MHS.
The Savages had 194 yards on the ground, with six different players getting at least one touch. Six of those players had 24 yards or more as part of a “spread it out” attack.
Shomo completed 9 of his 12 pass attempts for 102 yards and two scores.
“We were hoping they would have an off-night, that the quarterback would have an off-night,” Risenhoover said. “But they didn't and he was sharp.”
Turner completed 12 of 23 passes for 210 yards and two scores.
Henson had five catches - two for touchdowns - and 112 yards while Longcrier caught four passes for 67 yards. Pickens had the other three catches, netting 31 yards.
The Wardogs managed only 60 yards rushing on 23 attempts.
Miami surprised the Savages with a three-play scoring drive to start the game.
Turner netted 24 on the first snap then hit Longcrier with a shuffle pass that gained 3 - and an extra 15 for a roughing the passer penalty.
Turner and Henson then teamed up for a 38-yard touchdown with less than a minute gone.
The PAT kick by Rhodes went wide right.
Broken Bow countered with a zippy drive of its own, covering 65 yards in only six plays, the TD coming on an 18-yard run by Wright.
The Savages followed that up with a 14-yard touchdown by Butler on a third-and-6 play just 3:35 later.
The teams traded off turnovers - Longcrier throwing an interception before Wright fumbled after a 3-yard gain three plays later.
Henson's recovery set up Miami's second touchdown, a 33-yard pass from Turner to Henson.
A pass from Turner to Michael Anderson on the conversion failed, leaving the hosts with a 14-12 edge with 5:59 left in the first quarter.
Shomo and a wide-open Beam teamed up on a 22-yard touchdown strike on a fourth-and-4 play with 4:08 until intermission. Prater was successful on the extra-point kick.