Don't look for Miami to play it close to the vest Thursday night when the Wardogs host Vinita Thursday in the final pre-season scrimmage for both teams.
Admission for the dress rehearsal at Robertson Field will be a towel.
The seventh grade teams will scrimmage from 4:30 to 5:15 p.m. followed by the eighth graders from 5:15-6 p.m. and the freshmen from 6 to 7 p.m.
The varsity and JV teams will then get started about 7 p.m.
“Last year at the scrimmage, we knew we had Rogers (Week 1 opponent Rogers, Ark.) sitting up in the stands watching us, so we weren't all that creative on what we were doing offensively,” Miami head coach Chris Risenhoover said. “We left the scrimmage with a bad taste in our mouths. We kinda took it on the chin. This year, we will probably take a little different approach and probably will be a little more wide open on offense.
“We will probably be a little more wide open and run a lot of the stuff to answer what Vinita does defensively. Vinita has lot of speed, so that will be good for us to see. Their skill position players on the offensive side are very fast. It will be another challenge for our defensive kids to step up and take good angles as far as pursuit and tackling.”
The Wardogs drew mixed reviews from Risenhoover during their first scrimmage last Friday in the Rougher Festival at Muskogee.
Miami and Sallisaw each scored three times in a 24-play scrimmage, then the Dogs topped Tahlequah 14-0 before falling to 6A Muskogee, 21-7.
“The main thing, and probably what was our nemesis at Muskogee, was just getting people to the ground, tackling, taking proper angles and adjusting to the speed of the game,” Risenhoover said. “We know in our first three games of the season, we're going to see all of that and more. In our non-district schedule, we've got to play stout on the defensive side of the ball.”