By Chuck Reherman
Yukon, with a playoff berth in hand, takes aim at another goal on Friday night.
A second straight winning season.
The Millers will host Edmond Memorial in a District 6AI-1 contest at Miller Stadium. Kickoff for the Senior Night contest is set for 7 p.m.
The Millers, 5-4, earned a spot in the 6AI playoffs for the first time since the division was formed with a 31-28 win over Westmoore (see story page 6B). YHS last reached the playoffs in 2013.
Yukon will face a Memorial team that has played opponents tough, but has not had much luck when it comes to earning a win. The Bulldogs are 0-9 overall and 0-6 in the district. YHS, Memorial and Norman are the only teams in District 6AI-1 that will have played all seven league games.
The Millers won 68-34 in an offensive affair last year and have not lost to the Bulldogs under head coach Jeremy Reed. YHS win 35-6 in 2018 and 42-15 in 2017 and the Millers will be looking to take control of this game early.
“Edmond Memorial is a much improved team from last year, their record doesn’t show it, but talent does,” Reed said. “They do like to run the ball a lot, so it should be a pretty short game. On defense, they run to the ball well, they have just come up short in some games. Westmoore had a to score on them on the last play of the game to win. They haven’t had that breakthrough moment, but they have played some people close.
“Our job this week is to keep the players focused and not let them overlook them,” he said. “It is a hard thing to do, especially when you know you are already in the playoffs and your seeding is not going to change unless there is a major upset. The difficult thing is to get them focused on us and get us better as we prepare for a playoff game in week 11. That will be my challenge.”
The Bulldogs rely on a running attack focused around the quarterback and two runningbacks. Memorial does have a big front line they like to run their power game behind.
On defense, the Bulldogs have played good at times (EMHS lost to Jenks 48-6 last week) but had a chance to beat Westmoore the week before.
“Memorial is a physical team, they run to the ball well,” Reed said. “They have a defensive lineman that is probably the best we have seen all year.
“On offense, they will run the football first and foremost and will do it out of a variety of sets,” he added.
The Millers will be looking to finish off the regular season with a win and head into the playoffs.
“Making the playoffs has been the thing that has eluded us the last three years,” Reed said. “We have been super close, we have had the misfortune of being in a tougher district each year. We have beaten playoff teams each year, but this year we have finally gotten over the hump and beat us in a team that has put us in the top four.
“It has been hard to get to this point, but it is definitely nice to finally get to where we are at and earn our way into the playoffs,” Reed added.