By Chuck Reherman
MUSTANG – Turnovers, mistakes and penalties.
In any game, much less a rivalry game, those three things will cost a team the victory.
And Friday night, those three things turned the annual Canadian County Bedlam match into a nightmare for the Millers.
Mustang took advantage of the Miller mistakes and turnovers to post a 38-0 win in front of a packed house at Bronco Stadium.
It was a night that not much went right for the Millers. Yukon saw a touchdown taken away early in the game that turned into a 99-yard score for the Broncos.
Mustang scored three times in the first quarter and from there, the Millers could not get a lot going on offense.
“It was an awful night,” Miller head coach Jeremy Reed said. “We got outplayed, outcoached, they won in every category tonight. It is impossible to win when you are turning the ball over and making all the mistakes we made.
“It was very disappointing the way we played the game of football tonight,” he said. “It is my fault, anytime something happens the field it is my fault and I take full ownership and it was embarrassing the lack of discipline we played the game with. We are not quite playing the game of football as a team and we got exposed tonight.”
The Millers finished the game with 17 penalties and four turnovers and they started early on. YHS had penalties on their opening drive that put them in third and long situations.
Mustang capitalized on it by scoring on their first possession on a seven-yard scoring run by Harvey Phillips with 4:35 left in the opening quarter.
Yukon did have some good things happen. A 75-yard run by Makari Slaughter on the second play of their second drive put the ball at the Bronco four-yard line. On a fourth day play, it appeared Caden Hernandez caught the corner of the end zone. But the play was ruled down inside the one-yard line.
On the next play, Khary Brown found a seam in the Miller defense and went 99-yards for a touchdown and a 14-0 lead.
“I felt really good in pre-game, I liked our approach,” Reed said. “I liked the kids demeanor. I think the game completely turned when we thought we scored and we didn’t. From that point on, it went down hill.
“How I bounce back and how the kids back will be two different things,” he said. “I will definitely do a lot of evaluation of what happened tonight and some tough decisions may be coming. It all fall back on how the kids want to bounce back. That is going to be a big question mark.
“It was an extremely undisciplined and was not the team that I remember from our practices. It was a peculiar night.”
A second Phillips’ touchdown run gave the Broncos a 21-0 lead at the 7:14 mark of the first half and by the three scores at half.
The mistakes mounted in the second half for the Millers. A fumble on their opening possession led to a Mustang field goal and a fourth lost fumble of the night led to MHS’ final touchdown with 7:06 remaining.
The Millers will look to rebound this Friday, traveling to Moore for the third straight week. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.