EDMOND — His teammates call him T.J. All Day, and on Thursday at Wantland Stadium, it almost was.
Yukon running back Terry Jones admits he came up with the nickname himself, but after scoring four touchdowns and rushing for 148 yards in the 10th-ranked Millers' 35-19 win over Edmond Santa Fe, Jones wasn't giving himself any credit.
"It was the offensive line. They were creating huge holes for me to run through, especially the left side," Jones said, praising left tackle Travis Henning and guard Logan Schantz. "I got the ball and it was three yards before I even got touched, so I was just taking advantage of it."
After Santa Fe's Brandon Reece returned a punt 36 yards for a touchdown to cut Yukon's lead to 21-19, it was Jones and his offensive line that went to work to make sure the Millers held on.
Yukon answered with consecutive scoring drives of 65 and 28 yards to put it out of reach.
"It takes character to respond the way they did in the fourth quarter," coach Todd Wilson said. "I couldn't be more proud. We got in that double-tight end set, and those seven guys did a great job."
Wilson worried all week about a possible letdown following last week's 43-28 win over rival Mustang.
"I preached it all week, but I knew I couldn't say it enough," Wilson said. "You played your archrival. You're on a short week. You're on the road, on TV — just all these things going against you.
"But they did a good job. They answered."
Jones started the game with a bang, returning the opening kickoff 82 yards for a touchdown. He added rushing TDs of 14, 15 and 24 yards, and even shared the wealth with one of his linemen.
On his way toward the goal line in the fourth quarter, Jones fumbled the ball into the end zone where center Lantz Parks fell on it for the score.
"I loved it," Parks said. "I wanted to give the touchdown to (Jones), but I just did what I had to."
With juniors Tyler Bush and Will Paddock filling out the front five, the Yukon offensive line gave its second straight impressive performance.
"The o-line's been working hard," Parks said. "All summer we were hearing how our receivers and everything were gonna be so good. The O-line decided we've got to step it up and show them that we're here, too."