MIAMI — Miami put together its best touchdown drive of the season, but it was too little, too late.
The Wardogs marched 84 yards in six plays to get their only score — and just the second of the season — in a 62-8 loss to Pryor here Friday, Sept. 15.
The homecoming loss dropped MHS to 0-3, one of seven in Class 4A where some elite company joins them: Ada, Chickasha — and Grove
The Wardogs have been outscored 147-16 in the three losses.
They open District 4A-3 play Friday, Sept. 22 at Tulsa McLain.
The Titans improved to 2-1 with a 47-0 romp over Tulsa Rogers.
The game was the last for the longtime rivals for at least the next two years due to a schedule shuffle for the 2018-19 seasons.
Freshman Jay Porter, who came on in relief of Gavin Payton in the fourth quarter, broke loose for a 38-yard touchdown with 15 seconds remaining.
He then teamed with Damion Burris on the conversion.
Porter went to Mateo Moreno for a 30-yard completion, Pryor was ticketed for a facemask penalty on a play that had been stopped for no gain, and Porter popped up the middle to get the score. Moreno was a bright spot for the Wardogs, catching seven passes for 79 yards.
His best two went for naught.
Moreno made an impressive diving catch late in the first half, but it was ruled he wasn’t inbounds.
He also had a 22-yard reception that would have taken the ball in Pryor territory on the Dogs’ second possession, but a holding penalty wiped out the play.
Moreno just missed catching a fourth-and-17 pass from Payton in the end zone on Miami’s first possession in the second half.
The Wardogs generated a season-best 299 yards in total offense, including 170 on the ground.
Caden Folks led the way with 84 yards on 14 carries while Porter and Payton added 41 and 40, respectively.
Payton and Porter were a combined 14 of 34 passing for 129 yards with no interceptions.
Pryor continued a trend that has seen the opposition score on its first possession, going 45 yards in only four plays.
The Tigers scored on all seven of their first half possessions while opening up a 49-0.
They also scored on back-to-back series in the third quarter.
The shortest Pryor TD drive was a 5-yard run by Max Dale that gave the Tigers a 14-0 lead 6:42 into the game.
The rest were for 20, 58, 47, 47, 28, 81 and 20 yards.
Jerboa’s 81-yard jaunt just before the half was the fifth longest by an opponent in MHS football history.
Jarboe also had a 47-yard TD run.
Quarterback Drew Miller threw for three touchdowns and completed four of six passes in the first half for 140 yards.
Pryor attempted only three passes in the second half, completing two of those for an additional 30 yards.
The Tigers’ 546 yards in total offense was the fourth most by an MHS opponent. They had 376 yards rushing (10th most) on 47 attempts and 170 passing on 6 of 9 completions.