MIAMI — Things are starting to click for the Miami Wardogs.

“Tonight was the best practice we’ve had by far,” head coach Andrew Rice said following Wednesday night’s practice. “We’re cleaning up some execution things and getting them not thinking and getting them reacting. They are doing a good job.”

He said they broke at 7 to allow those who wanted some to go to church. That allowed others to step up.

“That was nice to see,” Rice said. “They are starting to figure it out and relax. What they don’t realize is when you play not to lose and try not to make mistakes, you end up doing that.”

Wednesday marked the fourth practice of the pre-season.

“When you just go out there and play, good things happen. Jay (quarterback Jay Porter) made a couple big-time throws and we had some guys run some awesome routes and make some catches. It was a fun thing to see tonight.

“We’ve preached to them all spring and in summer 7-on-7, you’ve always got to go make the next play. If you drop a pass or catch a pass, we’re going to line up and we’re going to line up. You’ve got to win that next play. I think the kids are starting to buy into it and see the results of it.”

The Wardogs donned full pads for Thursday night’s practice.

Miami works out Friday night at 6 p.m., takes Saturday and Sunday off then practice at Red Robertson Field on Monday and Tuesday.

For the first time this season, Miami’s workouts on Wednesday and Thursday will be on the high school practice field.

“It’s good because it gets them out of a comfort zone,” Rice said.

Despite not practicing, there will be a mother-son breakfast Saturday at 9 a.m. at the MHS cafeteria.

It’s for moms of players in ninth through 12th grades.