Yukon players determined to avoid another first-round playoff loss

The Yukon Millers are proud of their streak of four consecutive playoff appearances. But there's one thing that's still eating at them.
by Scott Wright Published: August 30, 2013
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— The Yukon Millers are proud of their streak of four consecutive playoff appearances.

But there's one thing that's still eating at them.


“We want to go win in the playoffs now,” said senior defensive end Andre Dowuona-Hammond.

The Millers have been through four straight first-round playoff losses, two of them at home.

With six returning starters on each side of the ball, the Millers have a strong core group motivated to change that. And it starts up front, with an experienced offensive line anchored by Tyler Bowling, who has committed to Tulsas.

The 6-foot-6, 300-pound left tackle has become a force protecting the blind side for quarterback Hayden Soomerville. Senior center Logan Parks returns on the offensive line as well, after missing last season with a torn ACL. He tore it again in the offseason, and might miss the first few games.

“He tore it in Week 1 against Mustang,” coach Todd Wilson said. “Then he had recovered and gotten his release, and he tore it again, just working out.

“But he's out there dressed out every day. He snaps the ball for all of our 7-on-7 where there's no contact or movement. He has really stayed involved, and when he comes back, that makes our line just that much better.”

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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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