The Yukon football team opens the 2016 regular season on Friday at 7 p.m. against rival Mustang at Miller Stadium. I’ll take you game-by-game and predict the outcome for every week for the Millers this year.
September 2 vs. Mustang
This is one of those games where it doesn’t matter how good or bad each team is. This is arguably the nastiest rivalry in all of Oklahoma, especially in the large-school ranks. Mustang is a talented bunch that will rely heavily on its defense to carry them early in the year. The Broncos still have a Garrett under center but Brayden is not quite the player his brother is.
Yukon is an older, more experienced team than they were a year ago and with a returning starter at the quarterback position and a veteran, massive offensive line, the Millers should surprise some people this year. Senior outside linebacker Daunte McGee will be a force to be reckoned with and senior safety Ethan Scott will provide stability in the back end of the defense.
Mustang has blown out Yukon the past two seasons and most experts across the state believe the Broncos will handle the Millers with ease again this year, but not me. I believe this game will come down to the wire with a late turnover deciding the outcome. In a game like that, give me the experienced starter at quarterback over the first-year starter.
Yukon 27 Mustang 23
September 9 vs. Norman North (Homecoming)
Yukon will be riding a major high coming into this game against Norman North after pulling off the upset over Mustang in week one. The Timberwolves are a talented team with a lot of size up front on the line of scrimmage and some solid playmakers on the outside.
Norman North will hit the Millers in the mouth early but Yukon will bounce back and win another close game at home on homecoming night at Miller Stadium.
Yukon 32 Norman North 27
September 16 at Southmoore
Southmoore is arguably the best team in the state and in my opinion the most talented team in the state. Talent doesn’t always equal championships but these guys are good, really good. They are led by the best quarterback in the state in junior Casey Thompson with a massive offensive line, big, athletic receivers and solid running backs.
Yukon will keep it close early in the game but in the end, the Sabercats will prove to be too much for the Millers, as they will hand YHS their first loss of 2016.
Southmoore 41 Yukon 28
September 23 at Broken Arrow
Last year, Yukon had a 14-7 on Broken Arrow at halftime at Miller Stadium but the second half was a different story, as the Tigers came out with a different intensity and went on to win the game. BA, as usual, will be very talented and well-coached.
The Millers will battle tough and keep it close but I believe the fourth quarter will belong to Broken Arrow.
Broken Arrow 34 Yukon 24
Record: 2-2 (0-1)
September 30 at Sand Springs
With the Millers sitting at 2-2 coming into this game with Sand Springs, look for Yukon to take out some frustration on the Sandites.
Yukon will jump on Sand Springs early and keep it going for all four quarters, as they will coast to a win on the road to improve to 3-2 on the year.
Yukon 45 Sand Springs 17
Record: 3-2 (0-1)
October 6 at Norman
This is going to be one of those ugly games, where both teams will be running the ball a lot. This one will not be one for the fan who likes to the scoreboard lighting up.
This will be a close match up coming down to the wire in the fourth quarter but I believe Yukon will force a late turnover and score a touchdown late to get out of Norman with a much-earned road win.
Yukon 17 Norman 15
Record: 4-2 (1-1)
October 13 vs. Edmond Memorial
This is one of those games where if it were being played in Edmond, I would probably pick Edmond Memorial, but since it’s being played here in Yukon, I’m going to take the Millers.
It will be another hard-fought game, but Yukon will have too much for the Bulldogs in the end.
Yukon 33 Edmond Memorial 24
Record: 5-2 (2-1)
October 21 vs. Jenks (Senior Night)
Jenks is the four-time defending state champions and has won 13 state titles in the past 20 years. They are one of the most dominant high school football programs in the country and they are on a mission this year after their head coach Allan Trimble was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s Disease this past summer.
With it being Senior Night for Yukon, the Millers will battle tough and keep it close early but Jenks will pull away in the second half.
Jenks 45 Yukon 21
Record: 5-3 (2-2)
October 28 at Edmond Santa Fe
This is going to be a tough game for Yukon on the road. Edmond Santa Fe will have a lot of talent as usual but the Millers will be coming off the Jenks loss and will be hungry for a win.
This game will be close going into the fourth quarter but look for the Timberwolves to make a few more plays in the fourth quarter to win the game.
Edmond Santa Fe 30 Yukon 23
Record: 5-4 (2-3)
November 4 at Westmoore
This one will be played for a right to go to the playoffs. With losses to Broken Arrow, Jenks and Edmond Santa Fe in the district, Yukon will need to beat Westmoore on the road in the final regular season to earn the No. 4 seed in their district.
This game will be a dog fight for both teams and come down to the wire late in the fourth quarter. I believe Yukon will make a big play down the stretch to secure the victory and earn a spot in the postseason.
Yukon 32 Westmoore 30
Record: 6-4 (3-3)