A 34-20 loss to Grove wasn't quite as costly as expected for Miami.
The Wardogs took advantage of losses by Mannford, McLoud and Oklahoma City Douglass to jump from 10th to seventh this week in the Oklahoma Associated Press Class 4A poll.
MHS battles Oologah Friday in a crucial contest. The Dogs close out the season at Wagoner on Nov. 2.
Defending 4A state Oklahoma City Bishop McGuinness was a unanimous No.1 pick, getting all 11 first-place votes from newspapers statewide - including The News-Record.
Grove remains No. 2 and Wagoner - this Friday's opponent for MHS - stays third. They're trailed by Broken Bow, Glenpool and Weatherford.
Stilwell and Star Spencer moved into the poll at No. 8 and No. 9, respectively, while Mannford holds down the No. 10 position.
Two of 4A's top three teams will meet Friday night when Grove (8-0) hosts Wagoner (7-1) and Broken Bow (7-1) entertains Stilwell (6-2).
A key matchup in Class 2A finds No. 9 Tahlequah Sequoyah (7-1) visiting unranked Wyandotte (7-1.
Tulsa Cascia Hall is another unanimous choice, heading up 2A. Oklahoma City Heritage Hall and Bethany are second and third, respectively.
This is the sixth straight week where there have been no changes at the top. Leaders in other classes are Union in Class 6A, Carl Albert in 5A, Clinton in 3A, Velma-Alma in Class A, Morrison in Class B and Shattuck in Class C.