MIAMI — Wagoner was a very rude homecoming guest.
Scoring the most points in a rivalry that has completely tipped the Bulldogs’ way, WHS rolled 76-6 here Friday, Oct. 11.
The 82 points combined matched the fourth most in an MHS game. There also were 82 when Grove beat the Wardogs 54-28 in 2006.
The 76 also were the second most points by an opponent.
Tulsa Washington scored 90 on the Dogs in 2009 — but it flipped to a forfeit win due to scandal at Washington that revealed that more than 40 players in football, softball, cross country and volleyball were ineligible. Miami, Pryor and Tulsa Hale were awarded victories in football.
“It’s tough. Starting out the game without McCormick (two-way starter Seth McCormick, who got a concussion in last week’s game at Catoosa) then we lost two or three starters early in the game,” Miami coach Zach Gardner said. “Gavin (quarterback Gavin Payton) going down early hurt things.”
Payton suffered a concussion after banging his head on the Red Robertson Field turf following a tackle.
Gardner said his status is questionable for a Thursday, Oct. 17 game against Tulsa McLain.
“I feel we got some good reports on some of the kids that were taken to the hospital during the game, so that’s on the positive side,” he said. “We hope we can bounce back on the short week, because this is one of the games we feel we can compete in.
“We want to forget what happened in this game and go try to win a football game.”
Wagoner scored on six straight first half possessions then got points five times in the second.
The only possession the Bulldogs didn't score on was their first when Seth Swingle intercepted a pass at the Miami 21 on the visitors’ first drive of the night.
Wagoner finished with 681 yards in total offense, the second most ever in a game. The Bulldogs had 684 in a 2016 game.
The Wardogs averted a shutout when Josh Thronebury sprinted 45 yards with 3:27 remaining.
A run for the conversion by quarterback Karson Jinks was thwarted.
Wagoner set a dubious record by drawing 175 yards on 16 penalties. The previous most was 140 by Cleveland on 16 penalties in 2014.
Nine of Wagoner’s touchdowns covered 10 or more yards and five were of 32 yards or longer.
Drew Presley’s 90-yard romp on the first play of the final stanza was the second longest by a Wardog opponent.
Wagoner led 21-0 after the opening quarter on a 37 yard run by Braden Drake, a 37-yard pass from Sawyer Jones to Chase Nanni and a 4-yard run by Chochee Watson.
Then in the second it was a 5-yard run by Jaden Snyder, a 50-yard strike to Nanni from Jones and a Nunu Claton run of 10 yards.
Wagoner “only” scored twice in the third: a 14-yard run by Drake and a 22-yard run by Watson.
The Bulldogs’ final three TDs were Presley’s cross-country romp up the middle, a 9-yard carry by Logan Sterling and a 10-yard run by Gabe Rodriguez.