There are big games and then there are huge games.
This one at 7 p.m. Friday between Yukon and Edmond Santa Fe, has “huge” written all over it.
The unbeaten Millers and unbeaten Wolves will put their perfect seasons on the line but more importantly, will put their playoff hopes on the line.
Last season, Edmond Santa Fe stole one from Yukon at Miller Stadium and all but eliminated the Millers from playoff contention.
If the Wolves win on Friday, Yukon’s playoff hopes will not be dashed, but they will be heavily damaged with Jenks, Westmoore and Broken Arrow looming in the next three weeks.
“Edmond Santa Fe is very talented,” Yukon coach Jeremy Reed said. “They are easily the best team we have seen to this point in the season. Their quarterback is back and is a good player, he throws the ball well. Trace Ford is going to be the best defensive player we may see all season.”
Ford is an Oklahoma State University football commit as a defensive end/linebacker, but he plays both ways for the Wolves.
“They will use him in the wide receiver or tight end position and they are starting to go to him more in the passing game, so we need to be prepared for that,” Reed said. “They are also big up front on the offensive line, but they are young but still talented and do a good job.”
Where Edmond Santa Fe earns its pay dirt is on the defensive side of the ball. The Wolves have allowed 41 points to their opponents through four games.
“Their defense is the strength of their team,” Reed said. “Of course, led by Ford, they have talented and skilled players all over the field, especially on the defensive line. We are going to have to focus on running our offense and executing our game plan, but also be aware of where Ford is at all times. You have to know where he is. They use him in a lot of ways. He can line up at almost any position on the field.”
Reed’s message to his team was simple when they met on Sunday to discuss their upcoming opponent.
“I just told them, the more you win, the more build up comes each week,” Reed said. “Our guys aren’t worried about going on the road or where this game is going to be played. They are excited to get to go and play a really good team. They are excited for the opportunity in front of them. I told them they control their own destiny right now and as long as they keep winning, they will continue to do so. The next four games are going to tell our story and if we can go get a win on Friday, that will be huge for us.”