West­moore comes back to throt­tle Yukon



MOORE – Some­times, sim­ple is bet­ter. It cer­tainly was for West­moore on Fri­day night against Yukon.

Only five Jaguars car­ried or caught the foot­ball, but they did enough to lift No. 7-ranked West­moore out of an early 14-point hole and give it a 35-14 win over No. 6 Yukon at Moore Schools Sta­dium in a game most ex­perts be­lieved to be crit­i­cal to both teams’ Class 6AI play­off hopes.

Tail­back Chris Oliver had 21 car­ries for 157 yards and two touch­downs for West­moore (5-2, 3-1 6AI-1), while Ja­cob Clark caught seven passes for 122 yards and a touch­down and sopho­more quar­ter­back Day­ton Wolfe com­pleted 10 of 15 passes for 143 yards and two touch­downs and ran for an­other score.

Just as im­por­tant, West­moore took ad­van­tage of three turnovers by Yukon (4-3, 1-3), two of which came late as the Millers tried des­per­ately to come from be­hind, some­thing that can be dif­fi­cult to do with their run­heavy flexbone of­fense.

“This was the only game on the sched­ule,” West­moore coach Lorenzo Wil­liams said. “We took all of the rest of the games off the sched­ule. This was the only one. We had to win this one and win it big. The kids un­der­stood it. Some­times, you don’t want to put that much pres­sure on the guys, but it is what it is.”

For one quar­ter, Yukon could do no wrong. The Millers had nine first downs and ground out a 93-yard touch­down drive in the first quar­ter, with An­to­nio Wash­ing­ton scor­ing on an 11-yard run. Af­ter a three-and-out by West­moore, the Millers marched 55 yards for an­other score, with quar­ter­back Jack­son Young scor­ing on a 1-yard run on the first play of the sec­ond quar­ter.

But af­ter that, the Jaguars lim­ited Yukon to only three first downs the rest of the way. Yukon fin­ished with only 235 yards of of­fense.

Yukon “does a great job with that of­fense,” Wil­liams said. “It’s some­thing that you don’t see of­ten, but (de­fend­ing it) is all about do­ing your job. If guys do their job, we’ve got a chance to be great. Af­ter the first quar­ter, we got a chance to see it and then guys started lock­ing in. That’s kids grow­ing up right there.”

Runs of 25 and 29 yards by Oliver set up a 1-yard scor­ing run by Wolfe in the sec­ond quar­ter and Wolfe hit Jaquan Richard­son on a 12-yard touch­down pass 59 se­conds be­fore half­time to tie the game. That score came af­ter West­moore’s Jor­dan Hamp­ton re­cov­ered a Yukon fum­ble at the Millers’ 35.

West­moore took its first lead on a 15-yard run by Oliver with 4:51 left in the third quar­ter, and he fol­lowed with a 10-yard touch­down run be­fore the quar­ter ended, mak­ing it 28-14. Yukon turned the ball over on downs at its own 34 in the fourth quar­ter, lead­ing to a 16-yard touch­down catch by Clark with 7:20 left to seal the win.

“The plan to­day was to get the ball in our ath­letes’ hands and give them the space,” Wil­liams said. “We found the run game … and once we found it, we could move the ball a lit­tle bit.”

Yukon’s top rusher was Isa­iah But­ler, who car­ried nine times for 76 yards, but most of those yards came in the first quar­ter. The Millers have lost three straight games af­ter a 4-0 start and will host No. 1 Bro­ken Ar­row next Fri­day.

West­moore se­nior Chris Oliver on a first quar­ter kick­off re­turn dur­ing Fri­day’s high school game be­tween Yukon and West­moore at Moore Sta­dium. [PHOTO BY JIM BECKEL, THE

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