Miami scored early and scored often during a 57-15 rout of Tulsa Rogers here Thursday night.
The Wardogs, winning a second straight to inch back into the District 5A-3 playoff picture, took advantage of nine turnovers - four interceptions and five fumbles - by the visitors.
Five of the gaffes were converted into touchdowns, including a 50-yard interception return by Jordan Simons for Miami's second score.
“You don't count on them but that's what you see when you watch them on film - they are prone to turnovers,” Miami head coach Chris Risenhoover said. “About halfway through the second, I was thinking ‘c'mon now - start giving it to us. Sure enough, they did.”
On the down side, penalties again were thorn in the Wardogs' side. They were flagged 11 times for 115 yards.
That's a week after drawing 12 penalties for 100 yards in a 36-3 win over Skiatook.
But back to the positives: for the second straight week, Miami had more than 400 yards in total offense.
They had 441 against Skiatook last week in a 36-6 win, then came back with 403 against the Ropers.
The Wardogs, with eight different players getting the call at least once, cranked out 300 yards on the ground. Quarterback Trent Turner led the way with 123 yards and two touchdowns while Jeff Meeks added 80 and Grant Longcrier netted 61. Longcrier scored twice while Meeks added one score.
Turner completed 4 of 10 passes for 62 yards and two touchdowns.
District 5A-3 frontrunners Tulsa Washington and Bixby continued on their path to a Week 10 showdown as both rolled to Thursday wins. Washington crushed Tulsa Hale 63-0 while Bixby cuffed Pryor 52-7.
Skiatook (2-1) hopes to solidify its hold on third place tonight when it plays at Tulsa Kelley (1-2). Pryor dropped off the pace (1-3) with its loss to Bixby.
The Wardogs face another Thursday game next week when it battles Hale at the East Tulsa Sports Complex.
“I'm happy,” Risenhoover said. “I was just hoping we'd do what we did in the first half and have a little bit of room to relax. They gave us some breaks but they have some speed that is pretty similar to what you see out of Washington. They are tough to stop when they get in the right guy's hands.”
When the 1-6 Rangers were able to hang onto the football, they were a threat.
An interception set up the first Rogers touchdown, a 3-yard run by Dillon Magers. The PAT kick narrowed Miami's lead to 14-7.
However, the Wardogs reestablished the momentum just one play later as Turner exploded on a 77-yard touchdown run.
Nathan Hazley's run out of the swinging gate gave Miami a 22-7 advantage.
It actually was an avalanche as the Dogs scored on their next four possessions to turn the game into a rout.
Turner's cross-country jaunt - the sixth longest in school history - came at the 9:24 mark of the second quarter.
A 3-yard run by Longcrier came just 3:46 later on the fourth play of a series that started at the Rogers 33 after Kaden Nicholas stuffed Tyrone Jones for no gain on a fourth-and-1 play.
Hazley fought off two Rogers' defenders to make a leaping catch of a pass from James Pickens on the conversion.
A fumble recovery by Chad Johnston at the Rogers 10 set up a 5-yard TD run by Longcrier with 3:21 until intermission.
An interception and 17-yard return by Jeff Meeks set MHS up again, this time at the Rogers 24.
It looked like the drive would fizzle as the Wardogs were flagged for holding and motion on consecutive plays, but Turner and Longcrier teamed on the backbreaker, a 42-yard TD strike with 66 seconds left in the half.
Meeks toed the extra point, ballooning the lead to 44-7.
The Wardogs put together their only sustained drive of the night on their first possession of the second half, going 75 yards in nine plays. Grant Bigby capped the drive when he caught a 3-yard strike from Turner. Rhodes booted the PAT.
The final touchdown for Miami came on a 3-yard run by Meeks. It was set up by a fumble recovery by Brandon Wright after Tyrone Jones had carried for 9 and a first down - but had the ball knocked loose.
Rogers' final score came after a botched punt by the Wardogs.
Backup punter Tyler Sourjohn turned to look at the play clock just as the ball was snapped.
The Ropers recovered at the Miami 9-yard line, and quarterback Sedrick Campbell scored on the next play. A bad snap to holder Tyree Lacey was turned into a successful conversion run.
The 57 points is the fifth most ever in a game for the Wardogs and marked the second time in two seasons they've rung up 57 points on a Tulsa opponent. They routed Tulsa Webster 57-0 last season.
Miami also beat Pryor 57-0 in 1928.
The record for most points in a game for MHS was 79 in a 79-0 win in 1920 against Commerce.
And the fireworks came during a short week. Miami had only three days to prep for the Ropers.
“With all we do in the summer and in our fall preparation, our kids are pretty far along schemewise, so right now, it's just a matter of staying sharp and trying to get a little better,” Risenhoover said. “Sure, you see a little different scheme out of each team, so you have to tweak some stuff, but its almost the time of year where a short week isn't all that bad of a deal.”