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Miami WarDogs

Coach: ZACH GARDNER

Schedule:

8-28 - vs. Dewey

9-4 - at Jay

9-11 - vs. Verdigris

9-25 - at Bristow

10-2 - vs. Cleveland

10-9 - at Oologah

10-15 - vs. Wagoner

10-23 - at Catoosa

10-30 - vs. Skiatook

11-6 - at Grove

Quick Hits:

The WarDogs open the season against Dewey on August 28th. It's the first meeting between the schools since 1963 when Miami won 50-13.

Miami hasn't won a district championship since 1985. The WarDogs defeated Bixby in the first round of the Class 4A playoffs before suffering elimination at the hands of Chickasha in the second round.

Jay remains on the non-district schedule on September 4th. It's been a competitive series as of late with the Bulldogs winning the last three, while Miami is 16-8 dating back to 1988.

Last 7 Years:

2019 - 1-9

2018 - 3-7

2017 - 1-9

2016 - 1-9

2015 - 3-7

2014 - 4-6

2013 - 3-7

OFFENSE
The Miami Wardogs return for another season under head coach Zach Gardner. The offensive unit returns several starters including Clay McCormick (6- 0, 230, Sr.) at center. Having a player like McCormick up front will put the offensive line in the correct blocking call and make life easier for running back Josh Thronebury (5- 10, 190, Sr.). Also look for Keagan Kamumo (6-1, 230, Jr.) and Trenton Spunaugle (6-2, 285, Sr.) on the line giving the Wardogs three experienced players up front. Keaton Jinks (6-1, 170, Jr.) appears to be the go-to guy in the passing game at wide receiver. Coach Gardner said last season several younger players were able to see the field and gained some valuable experience, which they will lean on this season as they step into starting positions.

DEFENSE
The defense must play big this season as they look to erase the 1-9 effort a year ago and focus on the task at hand. Coach Gardner said 75 percent of their games were winnable last season, now they must find a way for the defense to help in those efforts. McCormick will start at linebacker, a position he is certainly comfortable in, while Spunaugle and Kamumo will play on the defensive line. Carson Folks (5-8, 155, Sr.) will start at outside linebacker giving the team someone who pursues the ball well and is athletic enough to drop into pass coverage. Ulices Mora (5-8, 140, Sr.) brings his cover skills to the corner spot, while Thronebury will start at strong safety. Also look for Jinks in the secondary this season. “We need to compete week in and week out in one of the most challenging 4A districts in Oklahoma,” said coach Gardner.

 

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