Despite dropping a heartbreaker to Edmond Santa Fe last week, the Yukon football team still has an outside chance at a postseason berth.
The Millers will host Westmoore at 7 p.m. Friday at Miller Stadium on the Senior Night for the Yukon football program.
Jenks has locked up the No. 1 spot in the district standings, while Broken Arrow has locked up the No. 2 slot. Westmoore will be the No. 3 seed and Edmond Santa Fe sits in the No. 4 spot as of right now but that could change Friday if Yukon can pull off the upset against the Jaguars.
If the Millers beat Westmoore and Jenks beats Santa Fe by 14 or more points, Yukon will go to the playoffs as the No. 4 seed in its district.
Yukon coach Jeremy Reed said his players are still upset after the 17-10 loss to Edmond Santa Fe last Friday but he knows his team will respond against Westmoore this coming Friday.
“The guys are all still hurt, crushed and broken,” Reed said. “It’s tough to lose that kind of ballgame. However, the motivating factor for Friday’s game is the fact we still have a chance to make the playoffs. The first thing we have to do is go get a win over Westmoore. It will be very tough. They are extremely talented, arguably the most talented team we have seen all season.”
The Jaguars are coming off a disappointing loss to Jenks where Westmoore and the Trojans were knotted at 21-21 in the fourth quarter but Jenks made several key plays to go on and win 38-21.
“They don’t look like a typical high school offense with their size and talent level on that side of the ball,” Reed said. “Defensively, they are very aggressive, play very fast. They try and force a lot of turnovers with that aggression, so we have to be prepared for that.”
The Yukon offense has struggled recently in capitalizing on opportunities once they are inside the red zone against the opponents.
Reed said Yukon needs to play better in crucial situations.
“We need to execute better and make more plays when we have opportunities in those crucial situations,” Reed said. “Defensively, we can’t let them have quick scoring drives. If they do have success offensively, we have to make sure we are making them run a lot of plays on their drives.”
Reed said he wants to see one area of the offense make drastic improvement.
“Our passing game as a whole is just not very good right now,” Reed said. “We are kind of a comedy of errors when we throw it. It’s just one thing after another. We work the different aspects of our passing game all the time but we haven’t executed it at all in games.”
Reed said it’s important for his team to come out strong Friday.
“Very important to start fast,” Reed said. “We can’t let them come out and put us in a whole early. These kids have accomplished a lot this year but they can accomplish so much more. It starts with a win Friday.”