MUSKOGEE - The quarterback tandem of Grant Longcrier and Trent Turner accounted for 345 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions during Friday night's Rougher Festival here.
“I was much happier than last year,” Miami coach Chris Risenhoover said.
The Wardogs and Sallisaw each scored three times during a 24-play scrimmage at the start of the night.
Miami then blanked Tahlequah 14-0 before falling to 6A toughie Muskogee, 21-7.
“We got a lot out of it,” Risenhoover said. “We were competing at a high level. There were a lot of up sides. There are some areas we obviously have some concerns - we're not going to skip any practices. We've got some areas to clean up.”
In the scrimmage against Sallisaw - which Miami faces in Week 3 - Longcrier scored on a draw play from 30 yards out on the Dogs' fourth snap. He also had an 8-yard run on a quarterback inside zone play and lobbed a 35-yard TD pass to Nick Henson.
Then against Tahlequah, Tye Turley had a 4-yard run on an option play and James Pickens reeled in a 13-yard pass from Turner on a corner route.
Miami's lone score against Muskogee came on a 53-yard pass from Turner to Chris Smith.
On the night, Longcrier was 13 of 16 for 216 yards and one touchdown while Turner completed five of six passes for 129 yards and the two TDs.
“I was happy with the play of our quarterbacks and receivers - the pass protection was real good, too,” Risenhoover said. “We need to get more push with the line in the run game, but overall I was happy with the effort.”
He also was pleased with the play of the running backs.
“They ran hard,” Risenhoover said. “Turley had a couple nice runs and Meeks showed he is a quality running back. We're just not getting the push and moving the defenders.”
Henson and Smith, who double over as defensive backs, and Chad Johnston drew praise from Risenhoover for their play on defense.
“Chad Johnston was flying around making plays all over the field,” Risenhoover said. “Henson and White are the most physical safeties we have had since we've been here. Sammy Humble can be a force up on the line, but we've got a ways to go.”