TULSA — Pryor put a damper on Miami’s homecoming last Friday.
Now the Wardogs’ have a chance to do the same thing with Tulsa McLain, Friday, Sept. 22.
Kickoff for the District 4A-3 opener is set for 7 p.m. at Melvin Driver Stadium.
The Wardogs slipped to 0-3 for the third straight year when they suffered a 62-8 loss to Pryor at Red Robertson Field last Friday.
“What we’ve been preaching about is go 1-0 in the district,” Miami head coach Andrew Rice said. “That will give us a chance. Hopefully we can build on that and keep rolling.”
Despite the outcome, there were positives on the offensive side for the young Wardogs.
They put together their best drive of the season, going 84 yards in six plays, the biggest a 38-yard touchdown run by freshman quarterback Jay Porter.
The Dogs’ other quarterback, sophomore Gavin Payton, also had a 38-yard scamper.
“That’s what we’ve said all long: we’ve got two guys who are more than capable,” Rice said. “They just need to be more consistent.”
Rice said he would continue to alternate the two. Porter started the first two games and Payton was the starter at quarterback against Pryor.
However, both logged considerable playing time.
“We will go with who has the hot hand,” Rice said.
Receivers Mateo Moreno and Damion Burris had big nights, Moreno catching seven passes for 79 yards and Burris five for 63.
Those three helped the Wardogs generate a season-best 299 yards in total offense, 170 on the ground and 129 passing.
‘I think the guys are starting to step up,” Rice said. “Mateo and Damion are capable of playing at a high level. That was the first time they kinda showed that.”
Caden Folks also had a season best rushing totals, netting 84 yards on 14 carries.
“I was really impressed with Caden Folks,” Rice said. “He’s been super consistent.”
Miami had only one turnover after coughing the ball up five times a week before.
Despite getting just the one touchdown, the Dogs had four other scoring chances.
Twice they ran out of downs after reaching the Pryor 19 and 18, turned the ball over on downs at the Pryor 39 and had the ball on the Tiger 28-yard line only to have time expire in the first half.
Miami holds a 9-6 edge in a series against McLain that started in 1959.
The Dogs have won four of the last seven meetings, including a 21-20 decision last year.
MHS was up 14-0 at the half, saw McLain cut it to 14-6, then an 11-yard touchdown strike from Kameron Jinks to Trevor Sourjohn and then Sourjohn’s PAT kick gave the Wardogs a two-touchdown lead with 1:37 left in the third period.
McLain kept the pressure up.
A 53-yard return on the ensuing kickoff meant the Titans had to go only 25 yards for their second score early in the fourth.
The game’s final points came when McLain got a 25-yard TD run with 4:46 remaining.
Miami stuffed Aarron Bonaparte on the ensuing conversion run to make it 21-20.
The Titans made things interesting as they marched 47 yards in six plays to reach the Miami 25-yard line.
After two incompletions, quarterback Cameron Fox went to Bonaparte on a deep fly route.
Linebacker Austin fought off Bonaparte to get an interception with less than 20 seconds remaining to ice the victory.
Miami hosts three-time defending state champ Wagoner on Friday, Sept. 9.