MIAMI — The Andrew Rice era at Miami High School finally has its first win.
The Wardogs grabbed an early lead then coasted to a 32-19 decision over Vinita Friday, Oct. 29, at Red Robertson Field.
While it was the first win under Rice, the Wardogs got a lot of firsts in the game: keeping the opposition from scoring on its first possession, the first time Miami was the early leader and logged their first safety and first kick return for a touchdown.
“The kids played well … it was really nice to see,” Rice said. “It was good to see some kids make plays that they hadn’t up to that point in the season. That part of it was nice.”
Rice said getting the first win was nice, but there’s still lots to do in the big picture.
“Our goal wasn’t just to come here and win one,” he said. “We’re going to get back at it, keep plugging and try to get another one to finish the year off.”
The Wardogs have a chance for that, hitting the road to face now winless Grove on Friday, Nov. 3.
The Ridgerunners fell to 0-9 with a 41-14 loss to Tulsa Cascia Hall on Friday, Oct. 27.
A 34-yard field goal by Skyler Judd gave the Dogs a 3-0 lead at the 4:56 mark of the first half and capped a time-consuming 14-play drive that started at the Miami 32 following a punt.
A 22-yard Gavin Payton-to-Damion Burris pass made it 10-0 with 24 seconds left in the half.
An interception by Payton indirectly set up a quick nine points for Miami.
Vinita’s Heath Jones had the interception at the Hornets’ 2-yard line.
On the next play, quarterback Lane Enyart was sacked in the end zone to make it 12-0 at 6:31, then on the free kick, Burris set sail on a 68-yard runback down the home sideline.
The PAT kick by Judd ballooned the score to 19-0 at 6:20.
Enyart spoiled Miami’s bid for its first shutout since 2011 when he scored on a 1-yard keeper.
The Hornets kept the pressure up by driving 74 yards in 11 plays with a 21-yard pass from Enyart to Jarett Palmer.
The extra point kick was wide right, but Miami’s lead was cut to a touchdown with 10:31 left in the game.
However, the Wardogs countered with a backbreaking two scores in the span of just over four minutes.
Burris reeled in a 14-yard pass from Enyart at 8:10, then Burris scampered in from 2 out at 4:37.
That capped a snappy four-play drive that was set up by an interception and 51-yard return by Alex Pulley.
Judd toed the PAT, bumping the Dogs’ point total to their best of the season.
Vinita created the final margin with a 30-yard return of a blocked Payton punt by Elliott Keene with 67 seconds left in the game.
Miami generated 302 yards in total offense.
Payton had 10 pass completions for 180 yards and the Dogs ground out 122 rushing yards.
Caden Folks had a season-best 106 yards on 32 carries.
Burris finished with seven receptions for 128 yards and two scores.