Frosh wrap up first week of drills

Carson Creach runs through a drill to hold onto the football as YHS head coach Jeremy Reed looks on during the freshman practice. (Photo by Chuck Reherman)

By Chuck Reherman
Sports Editor
Yukon’s freshman Millers wrapped up their first week of drills with enthusiastic workouts.
The Millers will go to a week of full pad workouts starting Monday in preparation for their season opener Aug. 27 with Edmond Memorial.
“It has gone really well so far,” freshman coach Aaron Dillard said. “The kids are working hard and they are picking up how we do things quickly. We’ve only had two practices at this point, but we have been pleased.
“We feel like most of them are in pretty good physical shape from all of their work this summer,” he added. “The main goal at this point is to get a little bit better each day, and we are gradually giving them more and more from a scheme standpoint.”
The weather hindered the team practice on Wednesday with rain and lightning and since this past week was teacher in service so the coaches were unable to push the practice time back.
The Millers have concentrated on basics the first week.
“Offensively, we have been working on our technique, fundamentals, and timing,” Dillard said. “Teaching freshmen how to run the Flexbone is fun but it can be slow going in the beginning. Lot to learn for the kids. We always strongly emphasize being physical and taking care of the football though.
“Defensively, focusing on getting lined up and getting our guys in the right spot to various formations,” he added. Also running to the football and giving great effort on the defensive side.
“I think the kids have adjusted well. They have figured out that it’s a very serious environment, we still have fun, but our expectations are really high. On the field, but also in the locker room, in the weight room, in all aspects.”
The Millers host Santa Fe and Norman North in a scrimmage Aug. 21.
a scrimmage Aug. 21.