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Football preview: Special teams unit looks to be aggressive in 2016

Yukon looks for big momentum swings to push in their favor

Football is the ultimate team sport and the special teams facet of the game can be one of the most dynamic during a game.

Look back in 2013 when No. 1 ranked and unbeaten Alabama was playing at Auburn late in the season. Alabama is a team loaded with athletes but head coach Nick Saban decided to attempt a long-range field goal to win the game, which was missed short and recovered by Auburn, who took it the length of the field for a game-winning touchdown.

Alabama and Auburn played an even game up and until that point but it was a special teams play at the very end that decided the outcome.

Yukon understands the importance of special teams, as they have been working it every day in practice since fall camp opened earlier this month.

Several schools across the state will try and use back-ups or second-string players to fill special teams units but not the Millers. Yukon uses starters from the offense and the defense to man the special teams.

“We are looking really good with special teams so far,” Yukon assistant coach Montana Lyons said. “We have been working it since day one and the guys have worked hard so far.”

“They have done everything we have asked of them,” Yukon assistant coach Hunter Bohannan said. “Our kicking games are coming along strong.”

Both coaches talked about how momentum swings can happen often in special teams.

“We have been working on every facet of special teams every day since we have started practice,” Lyons said. “A lot of coaches will say it’s important but they won’t put the necessary work into it at practice. We do here.”

“One of the things we try to do is put our guys in positions to be successful,” Bohannan said. “Our job is to figure out how to maximize our players’ abilities and put them in positions to succeed. If we can do that, our special teams units will be a positive for this team.”

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