LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Miami finished second in its pool but lost its final two games during the Shootout of the South, a 7-on-7 football tournament that drew schools from five states.
“It was a great trip, Miami coach Chris Risenhoover said. “We bonded together as a football team. We competed against some of the best talent from a four- or five-state area. It was real competitive.
The Wardogs went 4-1 in pool play, its lone loss to Pulaski Robinson, 23-14.
MHS had a chance to score with 30 seconds left but had an interception in the end zone.
It's wins were against Shreveport (La.) Captain Shreve, 28-21; Russellville, Ark., 21-11; Rogers, Ark., 31-24, and Magnolia, Ark., 28-21.
The Wardogs scored on the last play against Rogers, which won the tournament two years ago, when Nick Henson caught a pass on a post corner route.
“There were some talented teams, Risenhoover said. “You could tell they all were loaded with talent.
The Wardogs had a first-round bye in “regional play then dropped a 36-30 loss to Allen, Texas, in the semifinals.
“It was a hard-fought loss, Risenhoover said. “The kids battled. I was proud of the way the kids hooked up against them, because Allen probably had four Division I athletes.
Then in consolation bracket play, the Dogs were eliminated with a 41-27 loss in a rematch with Magnolia.
“We started with an interception on our first possession, so we were kinda behind the eight-ball right away, Risenhoover said. “Our kids were worn out. We had spent so much energy in the game before with Allen trying to get that win that we just didn't have anything left.
Oklahoma City Heritage Hall went on to win the tournament, beating Allen 23-21.
Quarterbacks Trent Turner and Grant Longcrier shared series in pool play then later alternated games, Risenhoover said.
“I was real happy with both of them at times and real disappointed with them at times, Risenhoover said. “Grant has a strong arm and he throws the ball with a little more strength. But you've gotta look at Trent's athletic ability. He's got great feet and throws the ball well in short schemes.
“Both will take snaps in the fall, Risenhoover said. “That makes it more difficult for people to defend us.
The summer program continues this week with the Tri-State Air Camp and an offensive line camp at Northeastern A&M.
The Dogs also will participate in a team camp with old Metro Lakes Conference rivals Claremore and Tahlequah on July 8-9. The event starts at Claremore then moves to Miami on July 9.