MOORE — It’s been a season of missed opportunities for Moore. Almost every game it’s been in, it’s had its chances to come up with the upset, but hasn’t been able to cash in.
That trend continued Thursday when the Lions hosted Yukon in a District 6A-3 matchup. Moore played the Millers tight for four quarters, but were unable to take advantage of the moments provided to them to steal the win. Yukon defeated Moore 35-14 at Moore Stadium.
“That’s the most difficult part when you know you are towing the line between success and failure,” Moore’s Casen Haddox said. “You are right there and you step across. But we always step back behind. We have to find the spark to keep us across that line.”
With 10:03 left in the game and trailing 21-14, Moore (1-6, 1-3) took over on its own 30-yard line. It drove the ball to the Millers’ 43-yard line and faced fourth and one. The Lions lined up to go for it, but a false start pushed them back five yards. Instead of going for it, coach Todd Watters decided to punt and give his defense a chance to get the ball back
The gamble didn’t work. Yukon (4-3, 2-2) drove the ball down the field and scored in less than two minutes to put the game away at 28-14.
However, the scoring wasn’t done. Yukon got the ball back again with 1:30 left in the game. Since the Lions had no timeouts, the Millers looked like they were going to run out the clock. Instead they decided to go for district points and Hayden Somerville threw his fourth TD pass of the night when he completed a 45-yard bomb with 26 seconds left.
The move didn’t sit well with the Lions.
“We had problems with them the past two years,” Moore quarterback Jordan Bernhardy said. “It wasn’t unexpected. That is just what they do.”