Jim Ellis

Allowing Grove to play on a short field for much of the night sent

Miami on its way to a fourth straight loss to the Ridgerunners Friday at Ridgerunner Stadium.

All four Grove touchdowns in the first half were on drives of 25 yards or less, and that enabled the hosts to glide to a 39-7 victory.

The loss was an unprecedented fourth straight by Miami to the Ridgerunners, who narrowed the gap in the series to 23-8.

Grove has won seven of the last 15 meetings in the rivalry, which dates back to 1929.

Miami heads into District 5A-3 play next Friday at home with Bixby sporting an 0-3 record.

Grove moves to 2-1 and will open district play at Tulsa McLain this Friday.

The Wardogs had two punts blocked, gave up a punt return for a score, lost a fumble and had two passes intercepted, but put together an impressive drive for their lone score.

They drove 65 yards in 10 plays after a kickoff went out of bounds.

Millard completed four passes, two each to Casey Millard and Austin Hipkins, then teamed with Millard for a 2-yard TD strike.

The PAT kick by Jeff Meeks narrowed the gap to 14-7 with 8:52 left in the first half.

Miami’s deepest penetration the rest of the night was to the Grove 46 late in the third quarter.

Grove took the ensuing kickoff and drove from its 32 to the Miami 27, but Cody Sharp recovered a Grove fumble at the Wardog 29-yard line.

Three plays resulted in a 5-yard loss, so MHS was forced to punt.

Casey Bartley blocked Millard’s kick. Weston Culvey scooped up the ball and rambled 15 yards to the Miami 2.

Buck Maples powered in for the touchdown on the very next play. Walker Botts extra-point kick hit the left upright and caromed back through, giving the Ridgerunners a 19-7 advantage.

Grove pushed its lead to 26-7 on a 25-yard lob from Maples to Jake Martin with 63 seconds left in the half.

The Wardogs managed only 5 yards on 21 rushing plays but netted 144 yards via the airways as Carson completed 18 of 38 passes.

Jimmy Sharp picked up 28 yards on 11 carries and Trey Flick added a yard on his only attempt, but Carson was sacked six times for minus-21 yards.

Jacob Cheatham lost two yards on one carry while Millard finished a yard in the hole on two tries.

Grove generated 242 total yards, getting 167 on 13 completions by Maples – who was filling in for the injured Adam Steffenson.

Martin caught five passes ‹ all in the first half ‹ for 105 yards and the three scores.

His first came with 29.6 seconds left in the first quarter on an 18-yard toss from Maples.

That came two plays after a blocked punt.

The Runners bumped the lead to 14-0 when Martin caught a 10-yard pass from Maples two plays after Carson was intercepted by Martin.

Grove scored twice in the second half.

A 2-yard run by Bartley capped the Ridgerunners only sustained drive of the night.

Grove overcame holding and false start penalties in the 75-yard, 12-play drive. A defensive pass interference call against MHS gave the Runners a key first down on a third-and-7 play.

The final touchdown came on a 36-yard punt return by Maples with 9:19 left in the game.

GROVE RIDGERUNNERS v MIAMI WARDOGS

September 18, 2009 @ Ridgerunner Stadium

GHS (2-1) 39, MHS (0-3) 7

    1    2    3    4    F

GHS    6    20    6    7    39

MHS    0    7    0    0    7

TEAM STATISTICS

            GHS        MHS

RUSHING YARDS    75        5

PASSING YARDS    167        144

TOTAL YARDS        242        149

TURNOVERS        1        3

PENALTIES        8-60        8-61

FIRST DOWNS        16        9

INDIVIDUAL STATS

PASSING    CMP    ATT    YDS    TD    INT

Maples        13    16    167    3    0

RUSHING    ATT    YDS    TD

Bartley        11    61    1

Maples        16    14    1

RECEIVING    REC    YDS    TD

Martin        7    105    3

Summerfield    1    34

Carper        1    30

Leach        1    13