Miami head coach Rick Woods summed it up pretty good when talking about Friday's three-way scrimmage at Tahlequah.
"We're just ready to go out and hit somebody besides ourself."
The Wardogs will join old Six Lakes Conference rival Tahlequah and Muldrow in the scrimmage at Northeastern State University's Doc Wadley Stadium at Gable Field.
Freshmen will take the field at 6:30 p.m. followed by the JV teams and finally the varsity at around 7 p.m.
While several key positions are already filled, the scrimmage will help with the development of depth - especially along the offensive line.
"Going into the year that was a really big concern, but it's actually becoming one of our strong points," Woods said.
He's really pleased with how things are gelling.
"We have some guys that can run the football and some that can catch it and stretch the defense," Woods said. "We have a guy running our offense who can throw it. He has gotten so much better. Defensively we are miles of where we were last year.
"Our kids have just gotten bigger and stronger. I think they are hungry to get back to where we need to be, and that is the playoffs."
The Dogs are looking for their first trip to the playoffs since 2007, when they reached the 5A quarterfinals.
Woods said Wednesday's practice was a bit of a challenge from several points of view.
"This was the fourth or fifth two a days practice for us," he said. "We lift and run in the morning then come back in the afternoon. I want to tell you, after yesterday being 65 or 70 and we get out there today with the humidity, we didn't respond as well early. We picked it up at the end and started making some progress.
"But the mark of a great team is how you respond in difficult situations, whether it be the weather or your opponent. We've got to be able to respond in those situations."