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MIAMI — Consistency is the best way to describe the Wagoner High School football program.
The names may change, but one thing doesn’t — the Bulldogs keep winning. And winning. And winning.
A 55-14 victory over Miami Friday, Sept. 29, at Red Robertson Field was the 42nd straight for a program that went from the dumps to among the best in Oklahoma high school football.
That matches the state record set by Ada in a run from 1993 to 1996.
“It’s relative for 4A, but they are the Jenks and Bixby of 4A; the way Carl Albert used to be ‘back in the day,’” Miami head coach Andrew Rice said. “At times, I think Wagoner could compete at Bartlesville, Sand Springs and teams like that, especially with that cat (OSU commit Nikia Jones) at receiver. He’s special.”
The Bulldogs, who can break the record Friday, Oct. 6, at home against Tulsa McLain, started their run against Miami in 2014.
The Wardogs’ last win in the series was in 2004, a span of 15 games.
MHS travels to Tulsa to face Cascia Hall on Friday, Oct. 6.
The Wardogs also had a record setting performance in the game: wide receiver Damion Burris snagged 12 passes in the game, netting 141 yards and a touchdown.
That eclipsed the old record of 11 set by James Pickens on Oct. 31, 2008, and Zach Simpson on Oct. 21, 2005.
The Bulldogs followed a trend that has nagged Miami all season: scoring on the first offensive series.
The 77-yard Blake Rumond-to- Jones was the first of four in the span of four minutes and three in just over three minutes, gave Wagoner a quick 27-0 advantage.
Jones, considered one of the top 10 receivers in the state, also teamed with Rumond on touchdown plays of 41, 19 and 25 yards to help the Bulldogs open up a 48-0 lead at the half.
“He made a couple of those look easy then on one, Damion couldn’t have covered him any better and he still comes up with it,” Rice said.
Miami, limited to minus-52 yards rushing in the first half and minus-16 in the game, got three scores in the second half against Bulldog reserves.
On the plus side, the Wardog defense got its first touchdown of the season when Burris returned a fumble 30 yards for a touchdown.
Burris also reeled in a 19-yard touchdown pass from Jay Porter in the third quarter then Zach Cravens added a 6-yard run with 5:01 left in the game.
Miami had a couple other scoring chances, the best just before the half when it reached the Bulldog 7-yard line thanks to completions of 36 and 44 yards to Burris.
But Caden Folks was stopped for no gain, MHS lost 5 on a penalty, Porter threw incomplete to Burris in the end zone then sacks of losses of 6 and 9 yards ended the half.
The Wardogs also reached the Wagoner 32 but turned ball over on downs and were at the visitors’ 25-yard line as the game ended.
Porter and Gavin Payton combined for 170 yards passing.
Porter was 13 of 23 for 134 yards and the touchdown while Payton was 5 of 7 for 34 yards.
Each threw an interception.
“That was a lot better showing out of them,” Rice said. “Even when their 1s were in there, we were moving the ball or doing some stuff.
‘We’ve gotten better every week. That was the big thing I wanted to see out of them, to just go out and execute their part. Then we will work on the blocking and catching. We just needed to get the quarterbacks settled down and managing the game a little bit better and I thought they did a good job of that.”
Of Miami’s 29 rushing plays, only eight went for positive yardage and another four went for no gain.
Jones scored on four of his five touches in the game, netting 172 yards.
Rumond completed 6 of 8 passes for 179 yards total.
Eleven different players ran the ball at least once for the Bulldogs, who netted 171 yards on 33 carries.