By Chuck Reherman, Sports Editor – Yukon bases their offense on a ball-control, time consuming attack.
Monday night, the Millers became a “quick-strike” team.
Yukon scored on a pair of cross country plays and posted a 35-14 win over Norman North in a junior varsity game at Miller Stadium.
The Millers jumped out to an early 14-0 lead and held a 28-14 advantage at halftime in picking up their first win of the season.
”We are starting to execute offensively and play more physical on defense,” Miller coach Jeff Hall said. “The kids are doing their job and getting in the right places to make our offense more efficient.
“We played much better on both sides of the ball this week compared to the first week,” he added. “We did give up some big plays on defense and those are things we can go in and correct during practice.”
The Milles had dropped a close season opener to rival Mustang, but the win over Norman North is one that Hall feels will give the team confidence.
“Wins are contagious within a program,” he said. “Our freshmen are getting better, the JV is getting better and our varsity is getting better. We just have to focus on the process and everything else will take care of itself.”
The Millers opened the game with a 65-yard scoring drive capped by Coyle Berry’s six-yard scoring run. The drive took nearly seven minutes off the clock with Berry scoring at the 2:34 mark.
Yukon’s offense speeded up after that.
On their next possions, Jackson Young teamed up with Colin Miller on a 53-yard touchdown pass on the first play, opening a 14-0 lead with 1:10 left in the quarter.
Norman did make it 14-7 on a Jacob Switzer nine-yard scoring run, But the Millers countered with a 67-yard Isaiah Butler touchdown run one play later and a 21-7 lead.
Switzer, the grandson of OU football coaching legend Barry Switzer, scrambled for 69-yards and a touchdown to cut the lead to 21-14.
The Millers came right back with a drive led by back-up quarterback Collin Grulky, who scored on a one-yard run with 1:09 left in the half.
Yukon thwarted a last second Norman North drive when Payton Hofer intercepted a Switzer pass.
Yukon added an insurance touchdown run in the second half on a six-yard run by Chris Cornish.
The JV will travel to Southmoore on Monday for a 7 p.m. kickoff against the Sabercats.