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Yukon preps for ‘must-win’ game

This is a “must-win” week for the Yukon Millers if they hope to make their first trip to the playoff since moving to Class 6A-1.
The Millers are 2-4 (1-2 in conference) and have four games remaining on the regular season schedule. While the Millers have been on the road for all but one game so far, they will be at home for three of the next four games.
That begins Thursday when the Westmoore Jaguars visit Miller Stadium.
Both Yukon and Westmoore are coming off losses they would rather forget. Yukon lost to Jenks 68-1, while the Jaguars fell to Broken Arrow 55-14.
“It doesn’t completely settle the rest of the year, but it definitely tells you a lot. If you win this, you put yourself in great position to be in the playoffs either as a three (-seed) or a four,” Yukon coach Jeremy Reed said Monday. “This is a really big game.”
Last year, the Millers started off quick against the Jaguars on the road. The Yukon squad jumped out to a 14-0 lead before seeing Westmoore take control.
Reed said he doesn’t anticipate that happening this year, although the Millers will need to overcome some issues.
The first of those is forgetting about Friday’s loss at Jenks.
The short week, he said, should help with that because there isn’t time to think about the past.
And that’s fine with him.
Reed said Westmoore takes advantage of its returning quarterback, Dayton Wolfe.
The 6-0, 200-pound junior, is among the leaders in 6A with more than 1,600 yards passing and 19 touchdowns through last week.
He has a 69% completion rate.
“He is really accurate. He does a good job of extending plays,” Reed said of Wolfe. “He also runs the ball well.”
Wolfe had scored five touchdowns on the ground through last week, records show.
Meanwhile, Southmoore’s receiving corps includes three talented players in Dylen Taylor, Kaibren Grant and Colby Phillips.
Phillips leads the team with 19 catches for 412 yards.
Defensively, the Jaguars are led by DeJion Simpson and Josiah James. The two have combined for 43 solo tackles.
Reed said while the Westmoore squad is not huge up front, they do provide a lot of speed for the Jaguars.
“There philosophy is to get out there with lots of speed and run people down. They are good defensively,” he said.
Put simply, Reed said Westmoore is a good team.
“There is a reason they are 5-1,” he said.
“We are excited to play another big one (game) and to be at home for it,” he said.
Thursday’s game kicks off at 7 p.m. However, there will be a celebration honoring Yukon’s veterans before the start.
Officials have said the veterans’ event will begin at about 6:40 with the Patriot Guard delivering the game ball to Brig. Gen. Larry D. Haub.
In addition, each of Yukon’s football players will carry an American Flag onto the field.

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