Yukon had Edmond North on the ropes late. But it was the Huskies who delivered the knockout punch.
After seeing the Millers steal the momentum with an incredible touchdown pass and clutch interception, the Huskies climbed back with big plays of their own for a 41-33 comeback victory at Wantland Stadium.
“We knew they were going to play us extremely tough, they do it every year, and I’m just glad our kids found a way to win,” North coach Jeremy Dombek said. “And sometimes you have to do that.”
Trailing 33-24, the Huskies defense dialed up the pressure on Yukon quarterback Hayden Somerville. A lineman stripped the ball from his hand, and recovered it on the Miller 24. Michael Farmer later scored on a nine-yard run to make it a 33-31 contest.
The Huskies again brought pressure up front, which led to a blocked punt deep inside Miller territory. While they couldn’t put the ball in the end zone, Branden Moore made sure North did not come away empty-handed. The junior kicker gave his team the lead with a 24-yard field goal with 6:29 left.
And an interception finally sealed the deal. Andrew Dixon picked off a Somerville pass, and Marque Depp later scored from 10 yards out to make it a 41-33 final.
“We just never had a sense of panic,” Dombek said. “And I kept telling the players if we’re a great team then we’ll find a way to win and we did.”
The comeback victory keeps the Huskies tied with Norman North atop of District 6A-3. The two will meet Thursday in Norman.
Somerville finished the game with 355 yards passing and five touchdowns. After a fast start, he was just 6-of-17 for 122 yards with a touchdown and an interception in the second half.
Hoskins was 14-of-26 for 206 yards and two interceptions. Farmer and Depp combined to rush for 163 yards and three touchdowns.
The game had the feel of a shootout from the start.
Yukon struck first when Somerville converted a third-down pass to A.J. West for a 13-yard score at the 7:08 mark in the first quarter.
North answered with a three-yard touchdown run by Farmer. After forcing a rare punt, the Huskies pulled ahead 14-7 on a six-yard run by Jarech Page with 2:32 in the first.
But the Millers wouldn’t stay down for long. Somerville hit Tyler Tredway for a 43-yard touchdown play with 38 seconds in the first. A North fumble then led to another Somerville touchdown pass. Yukon missed the extra point to make it a 20-14 contest with 11:10 in the second.
Hoskins later showed his mobility, as he rolled left and hit Luke Rossi in the corner of the end zone at the 8:44 mark.
Somerville again brought the Millers back before the half. The junior hit Parker Bohannon on a 28-yard strike. He was then sacked on a two-point conversion attempt, making it a 26-21 game at the break.
North came out strong in its opening drive of the second half. Hoskins hit his first three passes of the third, but the drive stalled on the Yukon 4. Moore hit a 20-yard field goal, pulling North within two at 26-24.
But that’s when things started to slip for the Huskies. They looked out of sync on offense and couldn’t catch a break on defense.
Backed up deep inside their own end zone, the Millers found some magic. Somerville scrambled to his right and heaved the ball toward a receiver at midfield. A North defender and a Yukon receiver each deflected the ball, before it miraculously landed in the hands of Yukon’s Codey Sanchez who sprinted untouched for a 94-yard score. The wild play put Yukon on top 33-24 with 3:12, and looked like the last blow for the Huskies.
Instead of backing down, they regrouped for the comeback victory.
Edmond North 41, Yukon 33
1 2 3 4 Total
Yukon 14 12 7 0 33
North 14 7 3 17 41
YHS A.J. West 13 pass from Hayden Somerville (Garrett Hagar kick); 7:08
EN Michael Farmer 3 run (Trevor Moore kick); 4:21
EN Jarech Page 6 run (Moore kick); 2:32
YHS Tyler Tredway 43 pass from Somerville (Hagar kick); :38
YHS Codey Sanchez 35 pass from Somerville (kick fail); 11:05
EN Luke Rossi 8 pass from Luke Hoskins (Moore kick); 8:44
YHS Parker Bohannon 28 pass from Somerville (run fail); 3:44
EN Moore 20 field goal; 8:23
YHS Sanchez 94 pass from Somerville (Hagar kick); 3:12
EN Michael Farmer 9 run (Moore kick); 8:15
EN Moore 24 field goal; 6:29
EN Marque Depp 10 run (Moore kick); 2:01
Edmond North forces three turnovers in fourth for 41-33 victory
Yukon had Edmond North on the ropes late. But it was the Huskies who delivered the knockout punch.
6 Edmond golfers hit pro links in Norman
Six Edmond golf professionals will tee it up Wednesday in the Second Annual OK Kids Korral Championship at Belmar Golf Club in Norman.
One hundred-eight players make up this year’s event on the Adams Golf Pro Tour Series. This includes five amateurs and 15 of the top 25 players on the 2013 AGPTS money list including last week’s winner in Miami, Okla. Mark Walker of Hurst, Texas, who is currently third among the money leaders.
Players from Edmond include William Kropp, Andrew Green, Dillon Rust, Wilhelm Bogstrand, Jackson Ogle and Cameron Meyers.
UCO Endeavor Games athletes qualify for 2014 world championship powerlifting team
At the University of Central Oklahoma’s Endeavor Games for Athletes with Physical Disabilities June 6-9, four athletes qualified for the 2014 World Championships in the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) powerlifting competition.
The qualifying athletes include Trevor Bunch from O’Fallon, Mo.; who is making his World Championships debut; Scott Danberg from Cooper City, Fla., a five-time Paralympian; Bryce Segura from New Iberia, La., who is competing in his first World Championships; and Mary Stack from Ann Arbor, Mich., a four-time Paralympian.
Two UCO rowers named All-American
Central Oklahoma rowers Jenna Goodner and Michaela Stam have been named to the NCAA Division II All-America Team, it was announced by the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association.
Goodner was a first-team selection, while Stam was a second-team choice. All-America selections take into account a candidate’s strength of schedule, regular season record, end of season regatta results, nomination rank, coach’s comments and 2,000-meter ergometer score.
The remembrance remains fresh
The celebration is not over.
The Deer Creek girls basketball team continued to relive March’s state basketball championship Friday at Deer Creek High School with a Class 5A state championship ring ceremony.
Head coach Totsy Manning greeted each of her players by presenting them with a title ring.
Traffic shouldn’t be an issue with upcoming national soccer tournament
About 15,000 people are expected at the U.S. Youth Soccer Southern Regional at the Edmond Soccer Complex on Danforth Road near Kelly Avenue June 21-27.
The number of out-of-state guests should not be a problem according to Assistant City Manager Steve Commons. The tournament will attract more than 200 boys and girls teams, ages Under-13 through Under-19, from the 12 state associations that make up U.S. Youth Soccer Region III (Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, north Texas, Oklahoma, South Carolina, south Texas and Tennessee).
As a matter of fact, Commons feels very upbeat about the prospect of Edmond hosting the national tournament.
LaFaye takes Pick-A-Partner crown with 135
The KickingBird Men’s Golf Assocation’s Pick-A-Partner was won by Robert LaFaye Saturday with a 135.
Sean Conrad took second (136) while Kevin Wright and Kevin O’Neil deadlocked for third place at 137.
UCO overtakes Division II foes for national title
Starting out the postseason, the University of Central Oklahoma Bronchos softball team puttered out in the MIAA Tournament.
But UCO shifted it into another gear when the rounds of regionals began and rode the wild momentum going undefeated en route to securing the NCAA II national championship over Kutztown (Pa.) in Salem, Va.
The Bronchos dominated, going 9-0 straight through to the national title contest on May 27.
2013 US Youth Soccer Region III Championships to bring more than $8 million to Edmond area
he 2013 US Youth Soccer Region III (South) Championships presented by the National Guard, to be played June 21-27, will provide an estimated economic impact of more than $8 million to the Edmond area.
Local restaurants, hotels, retail stores and others will benefit from the more than 3,600 players, coaches, teams and tournament officials, along with an estimated 12,000 spectators attending the seven-day tournament. Visitors to the Edmond area will book an estimated 10,000 room nights at area hotels.
The top 200 Boys and Girls US Youth Soccer teams from Region III, including at least 19 teams from the host Oklahoma Soccer Association, will compete at the Edmond Soccer Club Complex.
Memorial graduate Morris totes home MVP trophy
It’s always good when Oklahoma beats Texas in anything and Saturday night’s 101-95 victory by Oklahoma over Texas in the annual Faith 7 Basketball Bowl at Oklahoma Baptist University's Noble Complex was a real cause for celebration.
But the happiest person in the gym might have been Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall. You might remember that Marshall and his band of opportunistic Shockers shocked the basketball world and several NCAA experts with their improbable run to the much coveted Final 4 in April.
But Marshall, one of the clinic speakers during the annual Oklahoma Basketball Coaches Association annual festival, didn't want to talk about the Shockers’ monumental achievements of the spring. His big grin and jovial nature could easily have been a glimpse into the Wichita State future.
Stars’ Crabaugh, Jensen become MLB draftees
Oklahoma City University’s Cody Crabaugh and Chase Jensen have been chosen in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on Saturday.
The San Diego Padres took Jensen in the 22nd round with the 658th overall selection, while the Miami Marlins picked Crabaugh, a former Edmond North player, in the 32nd round with the 952nd choice.
Crabaugh, a senior right-handed pitcher from Edmond, compiled a 13-2 record and 2.12 earned run average, three complete games, a shutout and 77 strikeouts in 93.1 innings pitched this year.
In the NAIA, Crabaugh ranked fourth in wins this year. He led the SAC in wins and ranked second in ERA to his teammate Derek Howell. Crabaugh struck out seven in eight innings, both season highs, against Mid-America Christian on May 3 in the SAC Tournament. His whitewashed St. Gregory's on March 20 in Shawnee, Okla. He became a second-team NAIA all-American and first-team all-SAC selection this season.
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