TAHLEQUAH – Miami didn't get as much out of Friday night's scrimmage with Tahlequah as Rick Woods would have liked.
The start time was moved up and the length of the two-team scrimmage at Doc Wadley Stadium at Gable Field was shortened since primary tenant Northeastern State University also had a scrimmage scheduled for Friday night.
“It wasn't what we needed,” Woods said. “I would like to have had at least 20 more reps on offense.”
Woods said the scrimmage lasted only a little over an hour.
“It was a lot better for us offensively than defensively,” Woods said. “The format for the first part of the scrimmage was two offenses against one defense. The problem you run into is when we were on defense, we had two different offenses coming at us. You have one (team) that is a two-back power running game and then the other is a spread. You are shotgunning it (defensively).”
Woods said that format was tough on defensive teams and coaches both “because you can't do any coaching. There is one play after another. Offensively, its a good deal because you get to run a play, then you get a bit of a rest and have a chance to coach them a bit while the other team is running a play.”
He's really been pleased with the play of the rebuilt offensive line, which includes Hunter Wright at center, Leighton Quapaw and Justin Walker at the guards and Jeff Johnson, Conner Martin and Olen Keener at the tackles.
“I am really pleased,” Woods said. “The offensive line has done a tremendous job. They are just getting better every day.
“We have some competition going in those spots, but they are coming along well,” Woods said. “They are communicating well. Those were my biggest questions. They have come together a lot quicker than I expected. I am just proud of our coaches and kids.”
The one thing on offense that really disappointed Woods was the number of dropped passes.
“We had at least a half dozen dropped balls,” he said. “That's not characteristic of us. We really can't afford that.”
The Wardogs' final preseason tuneup will be Thursday at Jay. Woods said the scrimmage will feature seventh-, eighth- and ninth-grade and JV and varsity teams.
“We have some things to clean up,” Woods said. “We will continue to work on our tackling. It's getting better, but it's not where it needs to be. We will just have to turn up the intensity level a bit.”
Miami opens the season at home Aug. 31 at home against arch rival Grove.