JOPLIN, Mo. - Miami captured the championship of the weather abbreviated Joplin Passing League post-season tournament Saturday.
The Wardogs coasted to a 30-6 victory over Columbus, Kan., in their only game of the night.
That sent MHS into the title game, but a severe thunderstorm led tournament officials to call play during the semifinal between Joplin, Mo., and Carthage, Mo.
“Since we beat the two teams that were playing in the other semifinal, they named us the champion,” Miami coach Chris Risenhoover said. “It rained during the back half of our game, let up, then the lightning started.”
The Wardogs finished with an 8-1 record, the lone loss a 38-24 setback at the hands of Columbus last Tuesday.
Columbus and Joplin each had two losses in the regular season. They each split games, then each lost to MHS.
In Saturday's rematch with Columbus, quarterback Trent Turner had TD passes of 28 and 40 yards to Grant Longcrier, 1 yard to Jordan Simons and 1 yard to Jeff Meeks.
“Jeff Meeks had an outstanding game at running back for us,” Risenhoover said. “He did a good job of catching the ball for us out of the backfield.”
Turner was 17 of 30 passing.
“Our defense was outstanding, allowing Columbus only six points,” Risenhoover said.
The Wardogs launched their Summer Pride program Monday.
It will run Monday through Thursday from 7 to 9 a.m. The program is for players who will be in grades 7 through 12.
“We're encouraging everyone to be there in the morning,” Risenhoover said. “We'll have the weight room open and on-field activities. Players should bring shorts, shirt and shoes.”