High school football: Edmond North defense keys victory over Yukon

Huskies score two second-quarter touchdowns, including an 80-yard pass from Stephen McClernon to Luke Rossi, with both scores coming after the defense forced turnovers on downs inside the Huskies' 30.
by Scott Wright Published: October 10, 2013

YUKON — According to Andrew Dixon, the goals of the Edmond North defense are clearly defined.

“Shutout, no yards, just absolute dominating defense,” Dixon said.

With the first two goals in the tank less than three minutes into the game, Edmond North spent the next 45 minutes trying to achieve the third — and did a pretty good job of it, leading the way to a 20-9 win over Yukon at Miller Stadium on Thursday night.

Yukon kicked a field goal on its first possession, after a fumble gave the Millers the ball at the Edmond North 26. Yukon gained only five yards before Branden Brus' 38-yard kick made it 3-0, but that was more than enough to ignite the Huskies' defense.

“It built us up, put a fire in us for the rest of the game when they got that field goal,” Dixon said. “We had it in our mind that we were gonna come out here and get a shutout. That's what we focus on every game of the entire year.

“We want to lead the way for our offense to go get points.”

That's how it worked on a couple of occasions Thursday. Edmond North scored two second-quarter touchdowns, including an 80-yard pass from Stephen McClernon to Luke Rossi, with both scores coming after the defense forced turnovers on downs inside the Huskies' 30.

“Our defense steps it up when we need them,” Rossi said. “If we need to lean on them, we can anytime. When they're out there getting stops, it gets our momentum going. When our defense is on the field, we always feel like we're about to get the ball back.”

Yukon rushed 27 times for 34 yards, which includes a pair of crucial sacks when the Millers had driven to the Edmond North 15 early in the fourth quarter.

Yukon quarterback Hayden Somerville threw for 280 yards, but managed only one big play, hitting Caelan Groce for a 62-yard score in the second quarter.

by Scott Wright
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A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and...
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