MUSTANG — After graduating so many of their top players last season, it wasn't known which new faces would be the big-play threats for the Yukon Millers.
Coach Todd Wilson got the answer Friday night, and it's not a short list.
The usual suspects, like quarterback Corben Jones and receiver/safety Derek Deeds, were in the mix, but less-familiar names like Hunter Meyn, Codey Sanchez, Tyler Tredway and Austin Bevill came through with numerous big plays to propel the Millers to a 44-31 win over Mustang at Bronco Stadium.
“We had all those starters last year that we lost, and we just had a big group of young kids coming in. We didn't really know what to expect,” said Bevill, who had only two catches on the night, 29- and 36-yard touchdown receptions. “We've been working hard, and just got in there and got after it. We really surprised ourselves tonight.”
The performance, particularly from the new receivers, was quite unexpected.
“We dropped a lot of balls in practice this week,” said Deeds, who had a 58-yard touchdown on a slip screen. “We didn't have one drop tonight. We came up with big catches on third and long, fourth and long. It was just awesome.”
Sanchez set the tone early, with a 45-yard touchdown catch on his way to 93 yards on five receptions.
Four of Jones' top passing targets graduated, but the offense didn't hit the slightest speed bump. Jones completed 12 of his first 13 passes and finished 18-of-23 for 285 yards and four TDs.