By Blake Colston
Yukon’s early-season gauntlet continued Friday night against nine-time state champion Tulsa Union, and unfortunately for YHS, the Millers couldn’t keep pace with the Redhawks’ high-powered attack.
Fourth-ranked Union scored on its first five possessions behind three touchdown passes from quarterback Shaker Reisig and a pair of touchdown runs from Jordan Schelling on the way to a 63-7 win over the Millers.
Reisig passed for 285 yards by halftime and Schelling added 107 yards on the ground in two quarters as the Redhawks took care of a Yukon program still in the early stages of first-year head coach Brent Barnes’ revitalization project.
Union’s 63 points were a season-high while Yukon was held under 21 points for the first time this year.
Even when Union (4-1, 2-0) made mistakes – like committing three holding penalties on the same drive in the first quarter – the Redhawks were able to overcome them. Reisig kept alive the drive with a 16-yard completion on fourth-and-15 and later hit Dylan Baldridge for a 22-yard touchdown pass to put the Redhawks in front 13-0.
Trailing 21-0, Yukon got on the board with a 20-yard touchdown pass from Kee to Lucas Jones at the 7:05-mark of the second quarter. Jones brought in four passes for 48 yards.
Union responded quickly with a 46-yard touchdown strike to Gino Boyd, and tacked on another touchdown with a 1-yard plunge from Schelling to lead 35-7 by intermission.
YHS gained three first downs on its opening drive of the second half, but J.T. Fridrich intercepted a pass to erase the Millers’ momentum.
On Yukon’s next possession, Devon Jordan added the Redhawks’ first score of the third quarter with a 101-yard interception return after corralling a tipped pass. Jordan has scholarship offers from the University of Oklahoma, Alabama and Oklahoma State, among several others.
YHS quarterback Holden Kee finished 21 of 39 for 226 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions. His top targets were receivers Kenison Rogers, who finished with five catches for 73 yards, and Bayler Weaver, who hauled in six passes for a team-high 76 yards.
Yukon’s defense limited Union to just seven points for most of the second half until the Redhawks added a pair of late touchdowns.
Yukon (1-4, 0-2) plays at Edmond Memorial next Friday.