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Former Verdigris running back Trey Armstrong (5) breaks a tackle attempt by Miami’s Justin Giles in 2017. The Cardinals won 17-0.

Playing up a class doesn’t always make for a tough and interesting matchup.

Verdigris’ Week 2 game against Miami is a good case in point. The Wardogs haven’t logged a winning season since 2008, and there doesn’t appear to be a massive turnaround coming this fall.

As one of the top teams in Class 3A this season, the Cardinals will look to put this game away quickly to rest starters and look ahead to an improved Victory Christian program that awaits in Week 3.

Expect coach Travis East to have his star-studded cast ready to play and score lots of points in a blowout victory.

Verdigris won the last meeting by a 17-0 count in 2017.

When: Week 2 | Sept. 11

Where: Red Robertson Field, Miami

All-time series: According to IWasAtTheGame.com, Verdigris leads 3-1

A LOOK AT THE WARDOGS

Overview: Miami is coming off a 1-9 season in which its only win was a 38-7 decision in Week Zero over Sequoyah, which went on to finish 0-10 for a second-consecutive year.

Furthermore, the Wardogs averaged only 19 points per game, ranking them 25th of 32 teams. They also allowed 38.4 points per game, finishing with the 28th-ranked defense.

Ouch.

With 23 wins and 77 losses through the past decade, there isn’t much excitement surrounding Miami football.

Key Returner: Skyler Judd. With the Wardogs struggling offensively, they’ll likely rely on field possession to keep games as close as possible.

That starts with the punter.

Last season, Judd’s longest punt measured 67 yards. He is also the kicker, hitting field goals from as far as 38 yards.

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