OOLOGAH — Maybe the light is starting to come on for the young Miami Wardogs.

“Monday and Tuesday, we had the best effort days we’ve had all season,” Miami head coach Andrew Rice said as the Wardogs were preparing to face third-ranked Oologah here on Thursday, Oct. 19. “Some of these guys are starting to figure it out. That part of it has been nice.”

MHS has only one on field win against the Mustangs since 2006, a 35-20 decision.

But the Dogs were credited with a 15-0 forfeit win in 2014 when Oologah had to forfeit three games because of an ineligible player.

Rice is putting positive spin on the struggles, both offensively and defensively.

“The thing that we’ve talked about that you’ve got to like is that it creates a lot of adversity and it creates a lot of uncomfortable situations — those are the situations you really grow in,” Rice said. “Not a lot of growth can go on when everything is sunshine and rainbows. I think when you face adversity, you are forced to grow and adapt. For the structure of this team, I think that is the best thing for us.”

The Wardogs fell to 0-7 with a 47-7 loss to Catoosa at home on Friday, Oct. 13.

“We are still trying to figure out who we are,” Rice said. “At times, we’ve done a lot of really good things and we’re still waiting to put the big picture together.”

Oologah suffered its first loss of the season when Wagoner rallied for a 24-21 victory.

“They gave Wagoner all they wanted and Wagoner is the best team in the state in 4A,” Rice said. “It will be a challenge, but an exciting one.”

Miami wraps up the home portion of the schedule Friday, Oct. 27, against Vinita.