Millers bring unique offense to Allan Trimble Stadium
If you reside in Class 6A-1 District 1, you are guaranteed one week of the regular season to face Yukon, which employs an offense that will give most defensive coordinators some sleepless nights and headaches.
Yukon is coached by Jeremy Reed, who took over the Miller football program in 2016. Along with a new coaching staff, Reed brought the flexbone offense to Yukon and in turn, to 6A-1 football in Oklahoma.
This will be the fourth time Jenks defensive coordinator Adam Gaylor has faced Reed’s flexbone offense. The first two at Mustang and the third at Jenks a year ago.
“They execute really well,” Gaylor said. “Their quarterback is back from last year and being his second year in the system, he is operating at a much better level. They are better in all areas. They are also better up front. It’s tough to defend and can be frustrating. You have to take advantage of opportunities to take the football away and get off the field on third down.”
Yukon is 4-3 this year and 2-2 in the district. Last week, the Millers hosted Broken Arrow and nearly upset the Tigers in a 27-22 loss. BA needed a late-game touchdown pass to secure the win.
“They limit what you can do from a defensive perspective, so you have to give them some smoke and mirrors and give them different looks,” Gaylor said. “If you do move your front or blitz, you have to be timely with it and you have to be able to fit the triple-option at all times. Coach Reed has done a good job of scheming it up against us. We gave him some things that first year we hadn’t shown, and they have come back with some different schemes. Those flexbone guys have seen every defensive known to man and they keep coming back with different answers.”
When the Trojans take the field at 7:30 p.m. Friday against Yukon, it will be the first time in more than two weeks. Last week’s matchup against Edmond Santa Fe was canceled due to COVID-19.
“We have to be sound in what we do,” Gaylor said. “For the most part, they aren’t going to trick you. They will give you a different formation here or there or even fancy it up with some motion, but for the most part, they are going to do what they do. We just have to be sound. We have to tackle the dive, have a player on the quarterback and a player on the pitch guy. We have to make sure we are setting edges with our force players against the triple-option because if one guy gets his eyes in the wrong spot, it is a touchdown. Not being disciplined for one play is a touchdown against this team. They are certainly good enough to exploit us if we aren’t disciplined.”
Yukon has rushed for 2,471 yards this season, which is an average of 353 yards per game on the ground.
“I think Coach Reed’s scheme has evolved against what we have done and that makes it tough,” Gaylor said. “Facing this offense is tough but having a good football coach like Coach Reed on the other side makes it that much more difficult. We will do some different things, but we don’t want to confuse our kids. They have to be locked in and understand where their eyes are at all times. Your rules have to be black and white. There is no gray area. Read the keys, trigger and let’s roll.”