YUKON — Nobody is excited about being 2-5 at this point in the season, but not many two-win teams are in as good a position as Yukon.
The Millers earned their second win Friday night, 35-13 over Moore to improve to 2-2 in District 6A-4, with help from senior running back A.J. West.
West, playing his first season of football since junior high, had a 97-yard touchdown run and accounted for the majority of Yukon's 298 rushing yards as he nears the 1,000-yard mark for the season.
The Millers suffered tough losses to Norman North and Edmond North, games they led in the second half before faltering.
Despite their record, the Millers have kept a positive outlook on the season, knowing the playoffs are still within reach.
“We've kept our heads up,” West said. “We know we just have to work hard through the week to be able to go win on Fridays. We had a couple games we were winning, but couldn't finish.
“We're just tired of losing.”
This Thursday, the Millers visit Midwest City, a nemesis of recent Yukon teams. Yukon finished second to the Bombers in district play the last two years, losing head-to-head both times.
After the Bombers, Yukon hosts U.S. Grant and closes the regular season at Putnam City North, possibly with the district's No. 3 playoff seed on the line.
But the Millers know they can't look past Midwest City, which is mired in a difficult season.
“We're really fired up for this game,” senior linebacker Blake Biggs said. “The seniors from the last couple years that brought us up and taught us how to work hard, they really didn't like Midwest City, so this is like a redemption game for them.”