YUKON — Seemingly given a second life, Yukon wasn't going to waste another opportunity.
The Millers took control of Thursday night's win-or-go-home game against Putnam City North from the start and were never threatened on their way to a 48-7 win at Miller Stadium that clinched the fifth consecutive playoff berth for the Millers.
“I'm not sure if any team from Yukon has ever gone to five in a row,” coach Todd Wilson said. “It's a tribute to our kids and our coaches. We had some bad things happen, and they persevered.”
Two weeks ago, it looked like Yukon's playoff hopes were gone after Putnam City North upset Norman North to vault past the Millers in the District 6A-3 standings.
But Lawton Eisenhower's upset of PC North last week opened the door for the Millers — if they could beat the Panthers Thursday night.
“It was the best week of practice we had all season,” Wilson said. “So we had a decent feeling they'd play well, just because of the way we practiced.
“They were hungry for it.”
Quarterback Hayden Somerville was incredibly efficient in the passing game, completing 16 of 21 passes for 187 yards and a clutch 16-yard touchdown with seven seconds left in the first half that gave the Millers a 21-0 lead.
And the Yukon offensive line opened holes all night, leading to 307 rushing yards. Hunter Sconce led the way with 149 yards on 15 carries with one touchdown, while Caleb Davis added 75 yards and two TDs on 16 carries. Somerville, Shawn Anderson and backup quarterback Christian Gordon each had a rushing TD.