YUKON Eisenhower got off to a good start in its District 6A-3 opener at Yukon.
Unfortunately, that start only lasted four plays, and after that things went sharply downhill.
The Millers racked up 607 yards of total offense and took advantage of four Ike turnovers to earn a convincing 59-7 victory Friday.
"I'm pretty disappointed," Eagle head coach Boone Copeland said. "I expected a lot more overall effort considering it was our first district game. We fumbled the football way too much and it's hard to win when you do that."
The Eagles (1-3 overall, 0-1 in district play) took the opening kickoff and gained some early momentum by converting a first down and getting a good gain on the ensuing play. But when the Millers forced a Shannon Coleman fumble and pounced on it, their sideline and crowd erupted and never looked back.
Running back A.J. West ripped through the middle for 19 yards, setting up his own 2-yard TD. After Yukon forced a three-and-out, Miller quarterback Hayden Somerville began his night-long picking apart of the Ike defense. He threw a perfect fade to senior receiver Codey Sanchez from 22 yards out to make it 14-0.
Somerville to Sanchez was a call frequently heard over the public address system Friday night, as the duo hooked up 12 times for 138 yards in just three quarters of work, including a TD connection in each of those three quarters.
Somerville, who had thrown seven interceptions in the team's first three games ñ all losses ñ had almost as many touchdowns (five) as incompletions (six), and never came close to throwing a pick. The junior was 28 for 34, for 334 yards.