It has been a long time since Yukon has opened up its football season with anyone other than Mustang. That streak will come to an end at 7 p.m. Friday when the Millers host Edmond North in a Week Zero match up to open the 2018 season.
“We have seen a lot of Edmond North in the past two years in team camp and 7-on-7 drills,” Yukon coach Jeremy Reed said. “So, it’s like they have been on our schedule. They are going to be very multiple with their looks and attack us in different ways. They have a new offensive line and new quarterback this year and they are getting a running back back from an ACL injury. He is a big stocky kid and we are going to have to gang tackle him on Friday.”
Reed said he expects to see an aggressive defense from the Huskies.
“They will probably base out of a 4-2-5,” Reed said. “They will be aggressive and play hard. Coach (Tanner) Roof does a good job in getting his guys ready to play.”
Being the first game of the season for both teams and it being a Zero Week game, Reed said neither team knows a whole lot about the other.
“It’s hard to know a lot about each other right now,” Reed said. “We are just going to focus on ourselves and handle our assignments and trust in our training. Offensively, we need to take care of the football and execute. Defensively, we need to handle our assignments and continue to fly to the ball.”
Reed said he senses the excitement level in his team.
“There is a lot of excitement,” Reed said. “This is a fun time of year. We expect to come out and play well and trust in our training. Our preparation throughout the spring and summer has allowed us to be where we are right now. Our program has grown a lot since the last time we were on the field. We look forward to community support. We have done several community service projects this year because I want the guys to know how to give back. It’s important to have a strong relationship with the community.”
Reed said he is not worried about his players looking ahead to next week’s game against Mustang.
“Inside our building, we are focused on ourselves first and foremost, and doing what we need to do to make sure we are ready to play,” Reed said. “Second, we worry about our opponent and this week. That is Edmond North. Our guys know they have to come out and play well on Friday. That is what we are focused on right now.”
Reed will not be on the sidelines for the season-opener against Edmond North. The Yukon coach will serve his one-game suspension for getting thrown out of the Week 10 game last year against Westmoore. Offensive coordinator Jeff Hall will serve as the head coach Friday. Reed will be back on the sidelines for the Millers against Mustang.
The cost of tickets will be $5 for Friday’s game. All games will be $5 except for the Mustang game, which will be $7.
Millers wrap up preseason with scrimmage at Stillwater
The Yukon football team closed its preseason schedule Friday with a scrimmage at Stillwater.
The Millers competed in several half-field scrimmages before taking on Norman in a half game to end the evening.
Yukon coach Jeremy Reed said he was pleased with the way his team played early in the event, but not the way it ended.
“Early, it went well,” Reed said. “The defense dominated and we moved the ball offensively. We played a lot of guys, which is what our plan was. I thought we lost some energy against Norman to end the night. Overall, there were good moments and a great teaching moment. You can’t play this game without energy and intensity. I thought the offense and defense were equally good. We played sound.”