By Chuck Reherman
After three weeks on the road, Yukon will get a second chance to put on their home field colors and come away with something even better, a second District 6A-1 win.
The Millers will host Enid in a 7 p.m. kickoff at Miller Stadium Friday.
Yukon brings home a three-game win streak, 1-0 in district and a 3-1 overall mark against an Enid team that the Millers have never lost to. The Plainsmen, 2-1, did not play last week after having to cancel their game with Jenks less than an hour before kickoff.
The Millers have won the last two meetings between the teams in a lopsided manner, including 61-7 last year at Yukon. The Plainsmen, though, are a better team this year, including owning a win over Ponca City, and head coach Jeremy Reed said district games are too important to overlook anyone.
“With how things have been going you never know, but right now things are good to go,” Reed said. “They lost to a good Lawton MacArthur team last week, but they are a better team than they have been.
“The offensive and defensive lines are pretty big,” he said. “They have a couple of guys that go around 350 on the D-line. Of their starting four defensive linemen, three of them are 6-4 and the other is 6-3, so they have a lot of size and I think they are quite a bit better than they were last year. Their quarterback has committed to OU for baseball, he throws the ball well and they have some guys in the backfield that are not real big, but they are quick and runs the ball really hard.
“It will be nice to not have to travel, worry about disinfecting a bus, carrying 55 chairs in my truck and setting up a locker room outside. It will nice to not have to do all that work before a game.”
The Plainsmen, who are coached by former OSU standout Rashaun Woods, has responded to his coaching theories and could be a tougher test for the Millers.
Quarterback Blake Priest has shown steady improvement. Against Lawton Mac, he completed 10 of 26 passes for 159 yards, but had several passes dropped.
Woods said he has been pleased with the progression of the offensive line and said that has helped his team in being able to move the ball in their three games.
“Our morale and demeanor is a 180 complete turnaround (from last year),” he said. “We’re getting a lot done everyday. That’s just part of the improvement. The locker room as a whole is a positive place.”
The Millers will go into the game missing a few pieces on the offensive line. But, the team was without four starting offensive linemen for most of the Norman game and the front line came through in a 28-14 win.
The Millers will have to come into the game ready to play with the improvement made by the Plainsmen.
“We have to make sure to remind them that this is a district game an no matter who you are playing, you have to play well,” Reed said. “You have to keep improving because our schedule is rough in fact that everyone is good on our schedule. You can’t play an opponent, you have to play against yourselves in practice to get better.
“We have to come in prepared and can’t allow any surprises to happen. Everything has to get better every week and this week we are looking to get better.”