SKIATOOK - It may not have been a masterpiece, but Miami's 36-3 victory over Skiatook here Friday sure looked good.
The win, just the second in six games for the Wardogs, was their first in District 5A-3 play and third straight in a series with Skiatook that has thrived on streaks - the Bulldogs won the first nine and now MHS has taken three in a row.
“As far as the number up there (pointing to the scoreboard), I was not surprised,” Miami head coach Chris Risenhoover said. “We've played tougher schools and I felt if we played well, they wouldn't be able to stay with us.”
The 36 points was a season-high for the Dogs, who also hit the high water mark in total yardage - 440. They also gained a season-best 303 rushing yards.
“They changed up schemes that we had worked against all week in practice,” Risenhoover said. “We thought we'd have a huge night passing the ball but it turned out they saw what we saw on the film. They decided to play a little more of a zone scheme and keep the backs in front of them on the back end. We had to adjust to that. We're just happy with what we were able to do.”
Miami set the tone for the night by scoring with only 100 seconds elapsed.
They would have hit paydirt even faster, but an 18-yard scamper by Jordan Simons was wiped out by a motion penalty.
Still, quarterback Trent Turner scored on the next play, a 14-yard keeper that saw him zig-zag into the end zone. Seth Rhodes toed the extra point.
Skiatook's only sustained drive of the night ended up in a 37-yard field goal by Joe Smith with 3:56 left in the opening quarter.
The Wardogs took charge with a 14-point second period burst.
Rhodes had a career-best 45-yard field goal attempt fall just short of the mark six plays into the second quarter.
MHS overcame a motion and hold to get their second TD, a 4-yard run up the middle by Jeff Meeks.
The Wardogs had to improvise on the conversion - holder Josh White had to scramble after a bad snap on the PAT try. He rolled to his right and found a wide-open Grant Longcrier for the conversion, pushing the lead to 15-3.
A gadget play got MHS on the board again on its next possession.
Turner lateraled to James Pickens, who then lobbed a pass back to Turner for a 39-yard score.
Rhodes' PAT kick bumped the score to 22-3 with 1:30 until intermission.
Two touchdowns in 4:11 gave Miami its most-ever points against Skiatook.
A 9-yard run by Meeks on the second play of the fourth period capped a six-play, 60-yard drive. The big play was an 18-yard carry by Longcrier on a bust - a high snap to Turner in the shotgun was picked up by Longcrier, who scrambled for big yardage before being blasted.
Turner capped the scoring with a 25-yard run up the middle with 6:56 to play. Rhodes added the extra point.
Miami's previous high for points against Skiatook was 35 in a 35-12 victory in 2005, the last time the teams met.
"I was really impressed with the way Grant Longcrier ran with the football," Risenhoover said.
Longcrier had a career-best 152 yards on an even 10 carries, including several times where he used second effort to pick up additional yardage.
He had to leave the game late after having his helmet ripped off by a Skiatook defender.
"He's as tough of a running back as I've had in a long, long time," Risenhoover said. "That was good to see."
Wide receiver Jordan Simons also had a career night, snagging seven passes for 65 yards.
"He's become more of a threat," Risenhoover said. "He had a touchdown taken away from him. It was
The Wardogs' defense, which had yielded 143 points in the first five weeks, kept Skiatook in check through the night.
The Bulldogs managed only 207 yards in total offense, including 78 on the ground.
Skiatook's only other real threat came just before intermission when it went from its 6 to the Miami 20 before running out of time.
A pass from Jason Vail to running back Seth Stanton - wide open in the end zone - fell incomplete after Stanton slipped and fell.
The Bulldogs crossed midfield twice in the second half, but were turned back both times.
"Our defense has played well all year, they just need to keep on keepin' on. Skiatook had a hard time producing big plays. That was kinda the difference from what we've seen the last couple of weeks. They didn't have near the type athletes we've had to face."
Risenhoover sees lots of room for improvement despite the offensive fireworks.
"We didn't play as well as I still would like to," Risenhoover said. "We have a lot of room for improvement."
The Wardogs drew a season-high 12 penalties for 100 yards, including three holds and four motion calls.
Another problem was high snaps from center to Turner while operating out of the shotgun.
"That really threw off our timing in the inside run game," Risenhoover said. "We were trying to read some defenders up inside and with the high snap, it takes Trent a long time to get his eyes back on what he's trying to manage. We've got to work on that. We'll keep working with Jo-Jo (center Joseph Edmondson) on thatŠ he's a very athletic center."
And, despite the season-high output, the Dogs
The Wardogs now face an ultra short week as they prepare for a Thursday game with 1-5 Tulsa Rogers.
Risenhoover gave the team the weekend off, and preparations will begin in earnest Monday.
"We will just have to cram a week's work into a quick three days," Risenhoover said. "We'll go a little longer on Thursday and do quite a bit on Monday."
Rogers was blasted 49-6 by Tulsa Kelley, which, like MHS, picked up its first district win.
The game in figures
Miami 36, Skiatook 3
Miami 7 15 0 14 - 36
Skiatook 3 0 0 0 - 03
Miami - Trent Turner 14 run (Seth Rhodes kick), 10:21.
Skiatook - FG, Joe Smith 37, 3:56.
Miami - Jeff Meeks 4 run (Grant Longcrier pass from Josh White), 4:13.
Miami - Trent Turner 39 pass from James Pickens (Seth Rhodes kick), 1:30
Miami - Meeks 9 run (Rhodes kick), 11:07
Miami - Turner 25 run (Rhodes kick), 6:56
First downs 19 14
Rushes-yards 40-303 34-78
Passing yards 138 129
Return yards 0 0
Comp-Att-Int 10-14-1 11-20-0
Punts-avg. 1-29.0 5-22.6
Fumbles-lost 2-0 1-0
Penalties-yards 12-100 5-40
RUSHING - Miami, Longcrier 10-152, Turner 17-73, Meeks 8-53, Carson 3-16, Simons 1-9, Hazley 1-0. Skiatook, Stanton 2