TULSA - Imagine what the outcome of Thursday night's romp over Tulsa Hale would have been if Miami had been hitting on all cylinders.
The Wardogs missed a field goal, turned the ball over on downs at the Hale 12-yard line, had to punt twice and had several breakdowns on defense and in special teams play.
In between, Miami scored seven touchdowns while breezing to a 46-8 victory in a District 5A-3 battle at the East Tulsa Sports Complex.
Because the game was out of hand at the half (Miami led 40-0), the bulk of the final two quarters were played with a continuous clock.
“We're playing at a good pace right now,” Miami head coach Chris Risenhoover said. “The defense is solid and we feel offensively we're where I like for us to be. To come out and still get this done in a half basically was nice. There were some positives.”
The lopsided margin of victory was the fourth straight for the Wardogs, who improved to 3-2 in district play and 4-4 overall.
“We're excited where we're at,” Risenhoover said. “If we continue to play well, we're going to be okay.”
The Wardogs close out the home portion of the schedule next Friday against Pryor then wrap up the regular season at Tulsa Kelley.
Miami wound up with 359 yards in total offense, including 242 via the airways.
And it also marked the second straight game where the Wardogs broke things open in the second quarter.
They used a 30-point second period to take charge in a 57-15 rout of Tulsa Rogers last week.
Then on Thursday, the tone was set with a 27-point salvo just before intermission.
It looked like the rout would start on the Dogs' first possession of the game as they went from their 43 to the Hale 6 in nine plays.
However, quarterback Trent Turner was sacked for an 11-yard loss by Jeremiah McCracken on third down.
A 34-yard field goal attempt by Seth Rhodes went wide left.
The defense got the first score of the game in a wacky fashion.
Chad Johnston intercepted a James Daniel pass, but had the ball knocked loose after a 4-yard gain. Trey Flick, trailing on the play, picked up the ball and covered the final 36 yards to get the touchdown.
The PAT kick by Rhodes was good, giving Miami a 7-0 lead with 3:45 left in the opening quarter.
Hale took the ensuing kickoff and reached the Miami 25-yard line before sputtering. Daniel threw incomplete twice, then completed a fourth-down pass to Simone Fields that netted only 4 yards.
Miami went for the jugular on the very first play - Turner teamed with Grant Longcrier on a 79-yard catch and run that went for a touchdown.
The cross-country romp was the seventh-longest TD play in Wardog history. 79 - Logan Zabel and Kaelin Woods teamed up on a 79-yard scoring play on Sept. 9, 2005.
The longest TD play in school history was a 98-yarder to Brad Cannon from Steve Green on Nov. 6, 1971 against now-defunct Bartlesville College High.
Nathan Hazley ran the conversion, but the play was wiped out by a motion penalty. As a result, the extra point try by Rhodes from the 15 went wide left, leaving the score at 13-0.
Miami's third offensive possession was hampered by holding and motion penalties. A 36-yard pass from Turner to James Pickens compensated for the hold, but the Dogs were unable to overcome a motion penalty on the next play.
Pickens caught a pass that netted a yard, then Butch Flick caught a pass for 6 yards, moving the ball to the Ranger 12. Turner went to Simons on the next two plays, but both were incomplete.
That was about the last time anything went wrong for Miami in the half as they exploded for 27 points in the final 4:24 of the half.
Longcrier had a pair of 5-yard TD runs and a 12-yard reception and Pickens reeled in an 11-yard touchdown pass from Longcrier as part of the explosion that was stoked by three straight fumbles deep in Hale territory.
Miami's final score of the night came on a 22-yard run by Jeff Meeks on the opening drive of the third quarter.
Hale's lone touchdown - and its first points in four weeks - came on a 31-yard run by Jarvis Harvey against Wardog reserves.
“That first series on offense was a little frustrating,” Risenhoover said. “We didn't block things up, but they were bringing the house. I was being a little stubborn on them. I wanted to run the football. They were running some good athletes through some gaps.
“It may have been a little too much for me to expect out of our offensive line because we're a little banged up.”
The bulk of the Wardogs' offensive success came via the airways, where Turner completed 11 of 19 passes for 229 yards and a pair of scores.
This marked the second time in four weeks that Turner had thrown for more than 200 yards in a game. He had 235 yards against Tulsa Washington.
Longcrier caught four passes for 140 yards and two TDs.
“We started doing a little better when we started answering what they were doing,” Risenhoover said. “Part of it was my fault, but I was happy for the most part.”
Miami limited the Rangers to only 130 yards in total offense - 39 passing and 91 rushing. Hale also had only four first downs, three in the first half.