JOPLIN, Mo. - Miami suffered its first loss of the season in Joplin Passing League play Tuesday night when Columbus, Kan., carted off a 38-24 victory.
The Wardogs had bumped their league record to 7-0 with a 38-24 decision over Joplin McAuley Regional in their first game of the night.
“We just never could stop Columbus,” Miami coach Chris Risenhoover said. “They played a good game on both sides of the ball.”
Miami drew a first-round bye in the league's championship tournament that kicks off Saturday at 5 p.m. at Junge Stadium.
The Dogs' first game in the single-elimination tournament will be at 6 p.m.
Risenhoover said a turning point in the loss to Columbus came when MHS drove to the 1-yard line, but time ran out in the first half.
“They were pretty impressive,” Risenhoover said of the Titans. “They made a number of good plays on defense and came up with a lot of catches in critical situations. We just got beat by a better group.”
Grant Longcrier had three of the Dogs' four touchdowns in the game. He had a pair of 40-yard receptions and added a 6-yarder.
Jordan Simons added a 1-yard catch for MHS.
Turner completed 12 of 27 passes in the game.
“We'd had a team camp (the old Metro Lakes Conference camp, which was held at NEO earlier Tuesday),” Risenhoover said. “You could tell we were pretty worn out.”
In the victory over McAuley, Longcrier and James Pickens each had two TD catches. Longcrier reeled in passes for 30 and 9 yards and Pickens snagged touchdown passes for 1 and 5 yards.
Simons had the Dogs' fifth TD, a 15-yard catch.
Turner was 23 of 27 passing in the game.
“He had a pretty sharp game,” Risenhoover said.
Longcrier also had an interception for Miami.