Yukon High School graduate Dillon Louk sat down with two of his best friends in September of 2015 with a goal in sight, to bring a semi-professional football team to Yukon.
Louk and his friends reached that goal last year with the Yukon Bobcats. The Bobcats joined the Extreme Football League of Oklahoma. The XFL of Oklahoma includes three teams from Oklahoma City, two teams from Tulsa, two teams from Wichita and one team out of Rush Springs.
“It’s a dream come true for us,” Louk said. “We sat down and decided on a team name and team colors and we just made it happen.”
In their first season, the Yukon Bobcats had a tough year going 0-8 on the season.
“Last year was one of the hardest years I’ve gone through,” Louk said. “I’ve never lost before. We always won when I was at Yukon. We didn’t recruit very well, but this year is going to be different.”
The 2017 season will be a new year with a new roster for the Bobcats. The Yukon squad will finalize the roster in early January but has already attracted some of the top talent from around the league last season.
“We have some good players on the roster this season,” Louk said. “The roster isn’t finalized, we still want to add some more linemen, but we were able to get some of the best players from around the league to come join us because they saw how we played last year. We never quit, no matter what.”
The Yukon Bobcats play all of their home games at the Yukon Middle School football stadium. They will open the 2017 season on the road on March 4 against the 2016 league champion, the Oklahoma Monarchs out of Tulsa. Their first home game will be the following weekend when they host one of the Wichita teams.
“We are very fortunate to be able to use these facilities at Yukon High School and Yukon Middle School,” Louk said. “I feel like that gives us an advantage when we are recruiting players to come play for us and gives us great places to practice and play at compared to other teams in the league.”
Louk is a team-owner and player for the Bobcats. The 2013 YHS graduate will play receiver and tight end for the XFL of Oklahoma club. Louk played several seasons for the Rush Springs club but did not like how they ran their team operations, so he decided to live his dream and start a team in Yukon.
The Bobcats are coached by Aaron Taylor, who was a player on last year’s squad before getting injured and having to shift to the sidelines as a coach.
The team is practicing every Wednesday and Sunday on the practice field behind the south end zone of Miller Stadium on the campus of Yukon High School.
“We just went to full pads last week,” Louk said. “It’s a pretty exciting time for us. Everyone out here is getting really excited. They all have great attitudes and they want to win.”