MIDWEST CITY — In Yukon's 42-17 pasting of Midwest City on Thursday night, the biggest play of the game was made in the waning seconds of the first half by a sophomore defensive back for the Millers.
Yukon jumped to a 21-7 lead in the second quarter, but Midwest City was rallying. The Bombers had already scored once to cut the deficit to one touchdown, and it appeared they were about to score again, facing second and three on the Yukon 18.
Instead, Yukon's Tucker Doyle picked off an errant pass from Midwest City quarterback Cedric Fair in the end zone and returned it 100 yards for a Millers' touchdown.
What looked to be a tie game at halftime suddenly became a 28-14 Yukon advantage in the locker room.
Yukon then dominated the second half of the District 6A-4 showdown. The Millers cleared a big hurdle toward making the playoffs, while the Bombers' playoff chances are now in peril.
“It gave us a lot of momentum,” Yukon coach Todd Wilson said. “It was a huge play.”
Yukon running back A.J. West said the Millers' locker room was elated at halftime because of Doyle's interception return.
“We were all hyped up and were ready to go,” he said. “It was a big momentum swing for us.”
Doyle said he fell back in the Millers' zone defense, reading the quarterback's eyes.
“I read him the whole way,” Doyle said. “I just dropped back in my coverage and I only saw one guy in my zone.
“I saw him staring him down so I just broke on the pass. I had some good blocks on the interception and I got to take it to the house.”
Doyle sprinted to the Bomber sideline and raced untouched to the end zone.
“I just saw it open up and was trying not to get caught,” he said.
The Bombers still had chances in the third quarter. They opened the third period with a 12-play drive that stalled at the Yukon 3.