MIAMI — Miami was its own worst enemy in a 17-0 loss to Verdigris Friday, Sept. 8, at Red Robertson Field.
The Wardogs had five turnovers and 14 penalties — most at inopportune times — during a 17-0 loss to Verdigris.
MHS dropped to 0-2 on the season while the Cardinals picked up their first win of the season.
Verdigris only was up 9-0 until the final 4:30 of the game, when Nathan Steidley teamed with Trey Armstrong on a 6-yard TD strike.
A fumbled snap on Robinson’s PAT turned into an improvised play that turned into a successful two-point conversion that created the final margin.
Miami had four interceptions and a fumble and the 14 penalties went for 99 yards.
As was the case in last week’s season opener at Hilldale, Verdigris scored quick: a 52-yard pass from Steidley to Peyton Cox just 1:29 into the game.
The extra point kick was blocked.
Miami’s defense turned up the heat on the Cardinals and didn’t allow any more points until Jax Robinson nailed a 33-yard field goal with 91 seconds left in the half.
Robinson missed a 37-yard attempt with 4:44 left in the third.
Miami was inside Verdigris territory three times.
The Dogs’ first possession reached the Verdigris 26, but quarterback Jay Porter was intercepted by Steidley.
A fumble snuffed out a drive that reached the Cardinal 27 with the game still up for grabs in the fourth.
Miami reached midfield in the closing seconds after the Cards had gone up 17-0, but turned the ball over on downs.
The Wardogs generated 165 yards in total offense, 47 rushing and 118 passing.
By comparison, Verdigris ran for 100 yards and completed 11 passes for 163.
Gavin Payton came on in relief on Miami’s final possession of the first half and completed his first three passes.
He finished 8 of 13 for 118 yards with one interception. Porter was 0 for 8 with three picks.
Damion Burris and Seth Swingle each had three receptions, Burris netting 59 yards and Swingle 47.
Mateo Moreno had two catches for 12 yards.
Porter was Miami’s leading rusher with 38 yards on six carries.
Caden Folks chipped in with 22 yards on 13 attempts.
Dalton Hight was the leading rusher for Verdigris with 74 yards on 15 carries.
Miami wraps up non-district play Friday, Sept 15 by hosting Pryor.