Yukon lifer will play final home game Friday
There’s something special about the connection between a small town and the high school athletes that represent the community every time they take the field or the court.
Wearing the school’s colors with the name of the town running across their chest gives a high school athlete a certain amount of pride.
For Yukon High School senior Ethan Scott, the connection between the star athlete and the Yukon community is sacred.
“I have been here all of my life,” Scott said. “This place is my home and is very special to me. I love this community and I love this school.”
Scott will play his final home football game at Miller Stadium on Friday night when Yukon hosts Jenks at 7 p.m. on Senior Night. The 6-foot-3 190-pounder is the do-it-all player for head coach Brian Sauser and the Millers in 2016 and has been since he started playing varsity football his sophomore year.
The YHS senior went into this season fully expecting to be one of the starting safeties on the defense, be in the wide receiver rotation on offense and be a return specialist on the special teams.
However, just before the regular season began, Scott was called into the coaches’ offices and asked if he would be willing to move to outside linebacker against Mustang in the first game of the season. Scott, being a team-player, said, “Yes of course, whatever is best for the team.”
Scott played well in his first game at the outside linebacker position and played there for the first two games of the season. However, another position change was coming his way.
The 17-year-old senior was called back into the coaches’ offices during the week heading into the third game and was told he was being moved from defense to full-time on offense, where he would compete for playing time at quarterback and running back.
Sauser and his staff decided to change the offensive philosophy to a ball-control, power-running offensive system, which is what prompted the position change for Scott.
Scott decided to not allow all of the position switching to affect him and he worked even harder to go and win the starting quarterback job.
“I went home after I met with the coaching staff and told my mom about another position change,” Scott said. “At first, I wasn’t really sure what to think about it, but then I just decided I was going to work really hard and win the starting QB job.”
He won the job and started at quarterback against Southmoore in week three. He has had the job ever since. Now, Scott isn’t the typical quarterback. His role isn’t to take the snap and drop back and try and find an open receiver to throw the ball to, his role is to take the snap in a wild-cat formation, read the defensive line and either keep it and run or hand it to a running back.
Under the new system, Scott touches the football nearly every play and his body takes a physical beating.
“I couldn’t even make it through that first game against Southmoore,” Scott said. “By the time we got to the fourth quarter, my body was so sore and in so much pain, I couldn’t go anymore. The next day, I had to go on a recruiting visit to Oklahoma State, and I have never been in more pain. Since then, I have been good, I’ve been drinking a lot more water and taking even better care of my body and the soreness and pain haven’t been near as bad.”
Scott and the Millers aren’t having a great season, as they are 0-7 with just three games to play, but they aren’t giving up. No. 1 Jenks comes to town on Friday and Scott said he believes Yukon can not only compete with the unbeaten Trojans, but he believes they can pull off the upset.
“No one is quitting,” Scott said. “We are all still working really hard. We have a lot of pride and we want to represent this community and this school in a positive way. Jenks is obviously really good, like they are every year, but we are bigger and more experienced than they are. If we execute our game plan and don’t make mistakes and get down early, I believe we can beat them.”
Scott is a Yukon Public Schools lifer. He started out going to Surrey Hills from kindergarten through third-grade and then he moved to Skyview Elementary from fourth to fifth-grade. He attended Lakeview Middle School in sixth-grade before moving to Yukon Middle School (which is the old high school) for seventh and eighth-grade.
He grew up playing football, baseball, basketball and soccer. His entire year was filled up with sports. When he six-years-old, he began playing football and he immediately fell in love with it. Scott played on the Yukon Warriors from ages six, seven and eight and his team didn’t lose a game.
Scott said he remembers scoring his first touchdown.
“I remember it like it was yesterday,” Scott said. “I was always pretty fast, so on this play I got the ball on an end-around and I saw open grass, so I kept running as fast as I could. Once I got down the field, I looked around and didn’t see anyone around me. They were all so far behind me I could hardly even see anyone. It was a 60-yard run. I will remember that forever.”
After the football season when he was eight-years-old, Scott decided he wanted to just focus on playing soccer and stopped playing football. His coaches, family and friends would always try to talk him back into playing, but he wanted to focus on soccer.
Going into his seventh-grade year, which is the first year you can play football for the school, Scott decided to get back on the gridiron and play football again.
At first, he had trouble catching back up with all of the plays and different formations, but after several games and several weeks of practice, it started coming back to him. As a seventh and eighth-grader, he played running back and linebacker.
Going into his freshmen year at Yukon High School, Scott moved to receiver and safety, but after several of his teammates went down with injuries, he was moved to quarterback. He said he enjoyed the leadership role that being the quarterback brought but it was a “rough season” for him and his teammates.
Heading into his sophomore year, Scott started the year at safety and he loved it. He was considered a “junior varsity all-star” with all his big hits and interceptions on defense. He had 10 interceptions, including six interception returns for touchdowns. However, defense wasn’t the only place he was scoring from, as he had several punt returns for touchdowns and several long touchdown runs on offense.
Going into his junior year with the Millers, Scott thought he was going to be playing safety and wide receiver for the varsity, but he was again moved to another position. The coaches moved him to cornerback early in the year. With his size, speed and athleticism, he flourished again in the new spot, as opponents would throw away from him because of his play-making ability.
After his junior season was complete, the coaches decided to move Scott back to the safety position going into the offseason.
When the football season is over in three weeks, Scott’s athletic career at Yukon won’t be quite yet, as he is a member of the Miller track team. After he graduates this May, he said he is unsure of where yet, but he is going to play football at the collegiate level. He said he wants to study to become a veterinarian and with his 3.8 GPA and strong work-ethic, he will have that opportunity.
“I have loved animals all of my life,” Scott said. “I would love to travel around the world and help animals who are in need. That would be a dream come true.”
Not only is Scott fond of animals, he is also a huge fan of superheroes. He owns numerous comic books and watches superhero movies and television shows all of the time. Even though he has Thor-like hair, Scott said he grew up loving Spider Man, Flash and the Power Rangers.
He may not be as fast as the Flash, but with his 4.48 second 40-yard dash speed combined with his dedication and hard-work, Ethan Scott is truly one of Yukon’s best.