It's scary to think just how good second-ranked Tulsa Washington will be once they get a handful of injured players back.
The Hornets, with reserves pinch-hitting at quarterback and tailback, still managed to score a season-high 48 points during a 48-28 win over Miami here Friday night.
"They were unbelievable," Miami coach Chris Risenhoover said. "That was unbelievable speed out on the field on their part. We're sitting there watching them on film all week and we knew how athletic they were. I was really, really happy with our kids. For them to come out and compete the way we did, I was happy."
Michael Doctor - normally the backup at tailback - had three touchdowns and 120 yards on 17 carries.
Shamiel Gary and Justin Skillens - also normally reserves - combined to complete 8 of 12 passes for 191 yards and two scores.
"This team has a long ways to go," said Washington head coach Antwain Jimmerson said. "We've still got a lot of kids out. "Michael (Doctor) is actually our backup. We will get him (Maurice Cotton) back and we'll get the quarterback (Eric Bennett) back in a couple weeks. Plus, we have a noseguard that is out. Hopefully in the next three weeks, we will get healthy."
The loss dropped Miami to 0-2 in District 5A-3 play and 1-4 on the season, its worst start under Risenhoover.
The 2003 Wardogs started 1-7 before winning their final two games in the second of Rich Jones' two lackluster seasons here.
"We knew coming in the first five would be tough," Risenhoover said. "We're disappointed with where we're at as far as records. I really feel we should be 2-3 if not a 3-2 team. If we get some breaks and play sharper on offense, then we're sitting here at least 3-2.
"It's district play and we've got to stay hooked up. I feel we're solid enough that we will be another playoff team if we do keep our focus."
And Jimmerson agrees: "I've known Chris a long time - he's a good coaching friend - and I know he will get them rolling. There is no doubt in my mind that they will be in the playoffs."
Miami got back to within 13 points with a third-quarter burst that included two touchdowns in the span of 2:23.
The Hornets got a 1-yard blast from Doctor - who has committed to Oregon State - to balloon the lead to 34-7 with 5:16 left in the third.
Miami took the ensuing kickoff and drove 80 yards in only six plays to get a 2-yard TD from Nathan Hazley. Two passes sparked the drive - a 26-yard completion to Hazley on the first snap, then James Pickens made a nifty catch to net 48 and a first down at the Washington 7-yard line.
Hazley carried for 4, Trent Turner ran a keeper for a yard then Hazley powered in for the score with 2:29 remaining.
Seth Rhodes toed the extra point, making it 34-14.
The Hornets were at their worst - and best - during their ensuing possession.
They were nailed for holding on back-to-back plays, then gobbled up 15 yards on a carry by Skillens and 17 on a run by Gary to get a first down at the Washington 37.
Gary was pressured into a bad pitch on a lateral to Skillens, with Jordan Simons recovering for MHS.
Longcrier picked up 2, then he and Turner combined on a 26-yard touchdown strike.
The PAT kick by Rhodes made it 34-21 with 5.7 seconds left in the third.
However, the Hornets returned the favor, scoring twice in just less than 4 minutes, getting a 48-yard run from Jordan Liggins and a 25-yard touchdown pass to Tony Daniels Jr. from Skillens, a drive that was set up by an interception by Doctor.
Doctor went 42 yards for a touchdown, but the play was negated by a holding penalty. Four plays later, Daniels caught the pass from Skillens, who accounted for three touchdowns in last week's win over Tulsa Kelley.
The Wardogs created the final score with 31.7 seconds remaining when Longcrier punched it in from the 1-yard line. Rhodes kicked the extra point.
“We still didn't get some breaks,” Risenhoover said. “We were kind of our own worst enemy in some says.”
Miami broke out to a 7-0 lead with a time-consuming touchdown drive that was capped when Victor Strena reeled in an 8-yard pass over the middle from Turner.
The Wardogs ate up 6:43 with the 15-play drive that included a fourth down conversion and two third-down conversions, including the play for the TD.
However, they didn't score again until Hazley's 2-yard run late in the third period.
“Good football teams will go down and put another one on the board,” Risenhoover said. “We had a chance to be 14-0 and see what happens there. They never really stopped us - it was just a matter where we turned the ball over to them. I was happy with the play but we can really be sharper.”
Miami generated a season-high 375 yards in total offense, including 235 via passing.
Turner had a season-high 121 yards rushing on 22 carries and he completed 13 of 24 passes.
Longcrier caught four passes for 72 yards and Pickens had three receptions for 77 yards.
Miami travels to Skiatook Friday.
Tulsa Washington 48, Miami 28
Tulsa Washington 7 13 14 14 - 48
Miami 7 0 14 7 - 28
Miami - Strena 8 pass from Turner (Rhodes kick), 5:17
Washington - Doctor 35 run (Seibert kick), 0:34.4
Washington - Skillens 22 run (kick failed), 10:22
Washington - Daniels 35 pass from Gary (Diacon kick), 0:53.8
Washington - Doctor 9 run (Diacon kick), 9:57
Washington - Doctor 1 run (Diacon kick), 5:16
Miami - Hazley 2 run (Rhodes kick), 2:29
Miami - Longcrier 26 pass from Turner (Rhodes kick), 0:5.7
Washington - Liggins 48 run (Diacon kick), 7:06
Washington - Daniels 25 pass from Skillens (Diacon kick), 4:30
Miami - Longcrier 1 run (Rhodes kick), 0:31.7
First downs 14 18
Rushes-yards 36-285 41-144
Passing yards 191 235
Return yards 62 0
Comp-Att-Int 9-13-0 13-24-2
Punts-avg 8-57.8 5-41.6
Fumbles-lost 1-2 1-1
Penalties-yards 13-90 6-45
RUSHING - Washington, Doctor 17-120, Skillens 10-81, Liggins 4-63, Gary 4-14, Porterfield 1-4. Miami, Turner 22-121, Longcrier 15-19, Hazley 3-5, Simons 1-(-1).
PASSING - Washington, Gary 4-8-0-103, Skillens 4-4-0-73, Lockett 1-1-0-15. Miami, Turner 13-24-2-235.
RECEIVING - Washington, Daniels 3-100, Smith 3-39, Skillens 2-35, Doctor 1-17. Miami, Longcrier 4-72, Pickens 3-77, Flick 2-39, Simons 2-13, Hazley 1-26, Strena 1-8.