YUKON — Todd Wilson wasn't going to drive down Rodney Dangerfield Boulevard. The Yukon football coach knows respect at the end of the season is far more valuable than respect at the beginning.
"I don't want to use the phrase, 'We don't get any respect,'" Wilson said after his Millers knocked off No. 6-ranked Mustang 43-28 Friday night. "But we were a playoff team, and we have a lot of kids back.
"The fact that we started out where we were (in preseason rankings) doesn't matter. It's where you end up."
Regardless of whether anyone was paying attention to Yukon before, they should take note of the Millers' commanding Class 6A victory Friday night before an overflow crowd of 10,000 or more at Miller Pride Stadium.
"We made a big statement," senior Kollin Retter said. "We went out there and hit them in the mouth. This is just the start of a great season."
Retter was one of three receivers to catch a touchdown pass from junior quarterback Corben Jones, with Jordan Edwards scoring twice. Jones finished 27 of 39 for 346 yards and rushed 14 times for 72 yards. His brother, Terry, had 120 yards and two touchdowns on 23 rushing attempts.
Defensively, Yukon held the Broncos' usually high-powered offense to 57 yards in the first half and 175 for the game.