MIAMI — Catoosa generated 448 yards in total offense — all on the ground — during a 40-21 win over Miami here Friday, Sept. 28.
The Indians ran 65 plays in the District 4A-3 win and was 0-for-0 passing.
That’s just the second time an opponent did that. Picher didn’t attempt a pass in a 1945 game against the Wardogs.
That’s “only” the third fewest yards by an opponent.
Columbus, Kansas, had minus-8 yards in a 1947 game and Vinita finished with minus-6 in 1952.
Six times an opponent has had 0 yards passing, most recently Collinsville in 2005.
The Wardogs were down 14-0 in the first two minutes of Friday’s game on runs of 13 and 14 yards by Jose Ortiz.
But Catoosa only had a 26-21 advantage the rest of the way.
“They were the best football team we’ve seen,” Miami head coach Zach Gardner said. “They’ve got some big ole boys up front they can run behind.”
Senior running back Dalton Robertson logged 176 yards and two TDs while Ortiz added 123 yards and three scores.
Catoosa held a lopsided 66-43 edge in total offensive plays.
A 15-yard pass from Gavin Payton to Damion Burris with 1:00 left in the first half helped MHS cut its deficit to 26-14.
But Catoosa flipped the momentum back its way by once again scoring on its first two possessions of the third quarter.
It almost made it 3-for-3 after mounting a monster 15 play drive that gobbled up the last couple minutes of the third and 7:22 of the fourth, only to sputter on a fourth-and-3 from the Miami 5-yard line.
“We played pretty well in the second quarter and played from behind to make it a game,” Gardner said. “They converted in situations and we had a couple turnovers.”
The Dogs botched the kickoff following Catoosa’s first score, setting up the visitors’ second score.
Miami took the ensuing kickoff and drove to the Indian 10-yard line, but Burris threw an option pass that was intercepted by Gavin Phillips.
Twelve plays later, Dalton Robinson plowed into the end zone from the 1 to make it 20-0.
“The turnovers and things can’t happen when you are playing a team like that,” Gardner said. “That’s part of the game, but we put ourselves in adverse situations.”
Miami’s final score came with 1:52 left in the game when Payton teamed with Burris on a 13-yard strike.
Miami finished with 222 total yards, 139 passing and only 83 rushing.
Payton ran for 34 yards while Caden Folks and Freeman contributed 29 and 20, respectively.
Payton was 11 of 21 passing, including all three touchdowns.
Burris caught nine passes for 111 yards and two of the touchdowns.
His nine receptions tied for the fourth most in school history.
Despite the results, Gardner felt the effort was better than that of a week ago in a loss to Grove.
“I felt like the whole game in general we competed better than we did last week,” Gardner said. “That’s a step in the right direction.”
The teams combined for 16 penalties — six in the first quarter and 13 in the half, and that doesn’t include offsetting personal foul calls midway through the second.
Miami travels to Wagoner, Friday, Oct. 3.