Three Points and a Pick: Yukon at Edmond North
We’ve got a rematch from last year’s first round of the playoffs in the works tonight at Wantland Stadium in Edmond, and you know that Yukon will be motivated to make sure it doesn’t go the same way as the previous meeting.
That one ended 27-0 after a strong defensive performance from the Huskies, and ironically, the game was some of the first meaningful varsity action for then-sophomore quarterback Hayden Somerville of Yukon, who filled in after All-Stater Corben Jones was injured.
Second-ranked Edmond North is out to show itself as one of the best teams on the west side of the state, with strength on both sides of the ball. The offense has scored at least 34 points in all but one game, and the defense has allowed less than 14 in all but one as the Huskies compiled their 5-0 record.
1. Triple-speed. Yukon has faced some good running teams this year, but not one like Edmond North. The Huskies have three backs — Ezel McIntee, Marque Depp and Michael Farmer — each with at least 344 yards, four touchdowns and an average of seven yards per carry. Containing the Huskies’ run game will be critical for the Millers. Yukon can answer with a solid run game of its own, though it’s more of a one-man show. A.J. West has been a pleasant surprise after sitting out of football for the last couple years. He has rushed for 662 yards and five scores so far.
2. Miller Air. West’s run game will be important to keeping the passing attack open for Somerville, one of only a handful of 6A quarterbacks to pass for more than 1,000 yards to this point. He has completed 57 percent of his passes for 1,182 yards with 13 TDs and six interceptions. He has developed a strong connection with WR Codey Sanchez, who has caught more than one-third of Somerville’s completions, with 37 grabs for 446 yards and six TDs.
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