MIAMI — A 14-point swing at the start of the second half helped sixth-ranked Catoosa coast to a 47-7 victory over Miami, Friday, Oct. 13, at Red Robertson Field.
The Wardogs had gained momentum by scoring with 15 seconds left in the first half, then picked it back up when Caden Folks recovered an onside kick at the Catoosa 37.
Miami went to the bag of tricks and ran a flea flicker for the first time this season, but the Indians’ Mike Dillon intercepted at the Catoosa 13.
Three plays later, the visitors scored to make it 34-7 and the Dogs never recovered.
The loss was the sixth straight for the Wardogs, who are winless in four District 4A-3 games.
Catoosa scored on two of its first three possessions — including a 62-yard touchdown romp by quarterback Tyler Burch on its third offensive play.
That marked the seventh straight week the Wardogs’ opponent scored on their first offensive series.
Catoosa turned four MHS turnovers into touchdowns, including a 21-yard return when Dillon stripped the ball from Miami receiver Lane Giles. After the PAT kick, the Indians led 20-0.
Jay Porter threw 36 passes which is the fourth most in a game by the Dogs. Trent Turner and Les Miller also launched 36 passes in 2006 and 1953, respectively.
Porter was intercepted five times, joining Kaelin Woods for the most ever in a game.
Porter had 15 completions for 164 yards and Miami’s lone score, a 2-yard strike to Lane Giles with 15 seconds left in the first half.
That capped the Wardogs’ best offensive series of the season, going 83 yards in a 14-play drive that ate up 3:46.
Porter completed four passes — including one for 31 yards to Seth Swingle — and had seven carries that netted 29 yards.
Trailing only 13-0, Miami used a Porter-to-Giles pass that netted 60 yards and gave the Dogs possession at the Catoosa 10.
However, Porter was dropped for losses of 5 and 10 yards then threw incomplete passes to Giles and Swingle.
Miami was in CHS territory just one other time all night.
There were a total of 16 penalties and eight turnovers in the game.
Eleven of the penalties were against the Indians, who also lost three fumbles.
Miami managed only 23 yards on 28 attempts.
Catoosa generated 334 yards in total offense, including 266 via the run.
It’s a short week for the Wardogs, who travel to Oologah Thursday night.
The Mustangs let an early lead slip away and suffered a 24-21 loss to No. 1 ranked Wagoner.