TULSA — This was a much-needed win for Miami.
The Wardogs snapped a three-game losing streak by gliding to a 27-14 District 4A-3 win over Tulsa McLain here Friday, Oct. 12.
“Now we’re sitting 3-4 going into a short week,” Miami head coach Zach Gardner said.
Because of fall break, the Wardogs host Oologah on Thursday, Oct. 18.
They are now 1-2 in the district.
The only bad part about the win was MHS only picked up 14 district points.
“We were always one block away from busting a big play,” Gardner said. “A lot of times, our linemen got it done.”
The Dogs generated 312 yards in total offense, with 248 of that coming on the ground.
Jordon Freeman accounted for 129 yards on 18 carries while Payton accounted for three of the Dogs’ four touchdowns, netting 57 yards on with 21 carries.
Folks, who had the other MHS score, chipped in with 62 yards on 17 carries.
The 27 points were the second-most they’ve had in a game.
McLain jumped out to a 7-0 lead with only 26.0 seconds left in the opening frame, but MHS tied the game on a 4-yard run by Payton.
That capped an impressive 65-yard, 12-play drive that ate up most of the second quarter.
The Wardogs had a chance to carry a lead into the locker room at the break, but a 26-yard field goal try by Skyler Judd with a half-second left was blocked.
Miami took a lead it would not surrender when Payton pushed his way into the end zone from 3 yards out at 9:41 of the third.
The Wardogs made it 21-7 with 9:06 remaining in the game thanks to a nifty 14-yard run up the middle by Folks.
Folks appeared to be stopped, but popped loose about the McLain 7 and continued into the end zone.
The Titans narrowed the gap to a touchdown with a score about 5 minutes later but another long drive that was capped by a 1-yard run by Payton with 35.2 seconds left created the final margin.
The conversion following two of Miami’s three second-half touchdowns were unsuccessful.
“It was a good win for our program, but the 15 could come back and haunt us,” Gardner said.
Teams get a maximum 15 points and can only have a max of 15 taken away with a loss.
Miami, Grove and Cleveland are all tied for fifth with 1-3 records, the Ridgerunners at minus-15, Cleveland minus-16 and the Dogs are minus-32.
They travel to Cleveland on Oct. 26 while Grove hosts the Cardinals on Oct 18.
Payton completed 6 of 16 passes for 64 yards.
Damion Burris had four catches for 33 yards while Seth Swingle and Folks logged one reception each.
McLain generated 134 yards passing and 92 rushing.