The players are ready to go, but Miami boys' coach Rusty Mercer isn't so sure he is ready for Tuesday night's season opener here against Jay.
“We have our base offense and base defense in, but I wish we had more time to polish up,” Mercer said.
The Wardogs, who have only two starters back have had barely a week to get things ready.
Both of the Dogs' returning starters - Trent Turner and James Pickens - were key players on the MHS football team that reached the second round of the Class 5A playoffs.
Miami's girls got the jump on things, beating Rogers (Ark.) Heritage High School 45-28.
“We weren't even close to being ready the other night,” Mercer said. “We had a lot of stuff to put in. I think our guys will be ready. They will be more ready than me. They would just rather play.”
Turner has been slowed by a foot injury suffered in the Wardogs' heartbreaking 14-7 loss to El Reno on Nov. 21.
Mercer held him out of full practice until Saturday.
“With our personnel, we're going to be a little different team offensively,” Mercer said. “We have to figure out who we are and what guys are rally going to step forward. As far as set plays and stuff like that goes, I am a little in dark there. It will be depending on how our personnel shakes out once the game starts.”
One plus for the Dogs - they play Tuesday then are idle until Dec. 9, when they face Bristow in the first round of the Sperry Invitational.
Jay returns four starters from a team that went 8-17 and lost to MHS twice.
The eight wins were more than they had posted the previous three years (seven).
A pair of seniors - 5-10 Cedric Grass and 6-4 Chance Tuder - will play key roles.
The Lady Wardogs used a 23-2 edge in the second quarter to open up a big halftime lead then coasted.
Rogers held a 12-6 edge in the third quarter, then each team scored 10 points over the last eight minutes.
“Our shooting has got to improve,” Miami coach John Carl Morgan said.
The Lady Wardogs shot 47 percent from the field. They were 14 of 30 from 2-point range and downed two of their five attempts from behind the 3-point arc.
The game will be the season opener for the Lady Bulldogs, who have just two starters back from a team that went 16-12 and reached the area tournament.
Since the Lady Bulldogs haven't played yet, Morgan spent part of the holiday weekend trying to line up a scouting report based on scrimmages.
“You hate to do that, but I know their personnel,” Morgan said..”They have a couple of solid guards and their post girl (Sam Robertson) - I don't know what Wagoner has - may be the best post girl in the conference. She is going to be tough.”
“The post game will be a concern, and then protecting the perimeter shots will be a concern,” too,” he said. “They can rain the 3's. I think they are picked a solid second in our conference behind Vinita.”