Southmoore possesses scary talent on offense
The Yukon football team faced two tough tests in the first two weeks of the season with Mustang and Norman North.
In week three, this Friday at 7 p.m., the Millers will face the toughest test they have seen yet this season with Southmoore at Moore Stadium.
The Sabercats are arguably the most talented team in the state of Oklahoma and are coming off of an upset-loss in week two against rival Westmoore 34-28 in double-overtime. In week one, Southmoore handled Deer Creek with ease 52-13.
“Southmoore is good, very good,” Yukon coach Brian Sauser said. “We are going to have to play really well to give ourselves a chance to win, but the guys have great attitudes. We know the first two weeks didn’t go the way we wanted them to go, but all of the guys have had great attitudes.”
The Sabercats are led by junior quarterback Casey Thompson, who is one of the most highly-recruited quarterbacks in the nation for the junior class. The 6-foot 180-pound dual-threat QB has a variety of weapons at his disposal, but none more dynamic senior receiver Quindon Lewis, who is verbally committed to play his college ball at the University of Memphis.
Lewis is a speedy receiver, at 6-foot-1 170 pounds, can play the slot position or the outside spot for Southmoore.
On the offensive line, SM is led by another junior. Brey Walker is a monster on the O-line for the Sabercats and is verbally committed to the University of Oklahoma. The junior OT is already 6-foot-6 320 pounds.
Southmoore is coached by Jeremy Stark.
“This is as talented of a football team that we will see all year,” Sauser said. “We are going to keep working hard and try and give ourselves a chance to win in the fourth quarter.”
Yukon comes into the game with an 0-2 mark on the year with losses to Mustang in week one and Norman North in week two.
The Millers fell 42-20 to the Broncos and 55-7 to the Timberwolves.
Three players to watch for YHS this Friday is senior running back Michael Cooper. The 5-10 185-pound tailback should have some running room against Southmoore defensive line, which is the weakest part of their team.
The second player is junior running back/wide receiver/defensive back Jalen Barnes. The 6-foot 175-pound multipurpose Miller scored Yukon’s only touchdown of the game last week against Norman North. He was also named this week Yukon Review’s Player of the Week.
Senior offensive guard Denton Sanchez is the third player to watch for Yukon. Sanchez will lead a veteran, big offensive line against the Sabercat defensive line. The 6-foot-3 295-pound senior should have success against the under-sized Southmoore defensive front.
“We want to be a 60-40 run pass offensive,” Sauser said. “I feel like the running game is getting better, I would like to see more in terms of a quarterback run game to give us another aspect of our running game we can use.”
2016 Yukon football offensive season stats:
Through two games
24 completes out of 52 attempts for 244 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions
68 attempts for 228 yards with two touchdowns
24 receptions for 244 yards with two touchdowns
Trevor Smith, 23 completions out of 46 attempts for 236 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions
Jalen Barnes, one completion out of two attempts for eight yards
Jackson Young, zero completions out of four attempts
Michael Cooper, 25 attempts for 86 yards with one touchdown
Tyrese Antwine, 14 attempts for 39 yards
Jalen Barnes, nine attempts for 50 yards with one touchdown
Gavin Smith, six attempts for 10 yards
Trevor Smith, 11 attempts for 35 yards
Cody Burnett, one attempt for one yard
Chandler Rich, one attempt for 11 yards
Jackson Young, one attempt for -4 yards
Jalen Barnes, seven receptions for 115 yards
Daunte McGee, three receptions for 34 yards with two touchdowns
Tyrese Antwine, two receptions for 11 yards
Michael Cooper, one reception for two yards
Tyler Crow, one reception for eight yards
Cody Burch, one reception for eight yards
Nollan Koon, three receptions for 27 yards
Caleb Hernandez, three receptions for 19 yards
Preston Hodge, one reception for 10 yards
Cody Burnett, one reception for eight yards
Gavin Smith, one reception for two yards