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MIAMI — Zach Gardner is working on a personal 15-game winning streak.
He was 14-0 a year ago while guiding Afton to a Class A state football title,
His new team, the Miami Wardogs, kept the streak alive when they ground out an impressive 24-10 victory over Claremore Sequoyah in a Week Zero football game here Friday, Aug. 24.
It marked the first time the Wardogs had won a season opener since 2014 and it was the first time a Miami coach was a winner in his debut since 2001.
The Wardogs and Sequoyah had battled to a 10-10 draw at the half, but Miami got a 21-yard touchdown strike from Gavin Payton to Jordon Freeman in the third quarter to take the lead, then a 2-yard TD blast by Caden Folks with 2:00 remaining sealed the win.
Miami topped Grove 31-13 in the 2014 opener that marked the Wardogs’ first game in the new-look Red Robertson Field.
The last time an MHS coach picked up a win in his debut was in 2001, when Shawn Booth guided the Dogs past Glenpool.
Miami opens the home half of the schedule Friday, Aug. 31 against Jay.