“They are really good,” said Yukon coach Jeremy Reed.
The coach was discussing the Broken Arrow Tigers, Yukon’s opponent Thursday.
The Tigers enter the game as the third-ranked team in Class 6A-1 with a 3-2 overall record and a 1-1 district record.
The team’s two losses have come at the hands of district foe Jenks, ranked No. 2, and No. 1-ranked Owasso.
But Reed is confident his Millers, (4-2, 2-1) have the potential to beat Broken Arrow.
Last year, the Millers came within a play of upsetting the then-No. 2-ranked Tigers on their own field.
Reed said he hopes his team remembers that game and how close they were to winning.
“We can compete with them,” Reed said of the Millers.
For many teams, hearing the names of teams like Owasso, Jenks and Broken Arrow can send shivers.
Reed said he is hopeful that having the memory of how close they were to victory last year will help boost his team’s confidence.
They will need it.
The Tigers are loaded and are coming off a 46-3 blowout against Edmond Memorial.
Offensively, the Tigers are led by quarterback Jake Raines, who has several receivers from which to choose as targets.
Sanchez Banks and Maurion Horn play key roles in the backfield.
Last week, Banks finished with 106 yards on 20 carries, while Horn added 58 yards. Raines had 298 yards passing.
“They are really good. They have two running backs who are better than any we’ve seen so far. They are really good,” Reed said.
Up front, the offensive line also is big and knows how to play football.
“It’s going to be a huge challenge,” Reed said.
The Tigers held Memorial to just 109 yards total offense last week, according to the Tulsa World.
Reed said the Tigers play very fast on defense and move to the ball quickly.
“Anytime you play east-side teams, you know they bring talent. This will be a nice challenge,” Reed said.
But the Millers will be prepared, he said.
Another challenge is playing on Thursday.
That means there is one less day to prepare than normal.
Reed said his players will have to show patience, giving his quarterback and running backs time to move the ball.
Defensively, they will have to stop the run, something that has been a bit of a struggle the past couple of weeks.
The Millers and Tigers meet Thursday at Miller Stadium.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.