Haddox agreed with his teammate.
“I think it’s a little bit arrogant to throw a touchdown at the end of the game like that,” Haddox said. “If that’s who you are, that’s who you are. I feel like that’s something you shouldn’t have done.”
The Millers were the first to strike when quarterback Hayden Somerville connected for a 24-yard touchdown pass with 57 seconds left in the first quarter. The TD was set up by great field position after a poor punt by the Lions.
Moore turned the ball over to start the second period deep in its own territory. Two plays later, the Lions forced a fumble and Ryan Lujan recovered on the 10-yard line.
Unfortunately for the Lions, they weren’t able to do much with it. Bernhardy would break off long runs, then the offense would stall out and have to punt.
When the Lions finally got on the scoreboard, it was in dramatic fashion. After forcing Yukon to punt, the ball was downed on the Lions’ 1-yard line. Two plays later, Lujan smashed through the middle of the Millers’ defensive front, broke two tackles in the secondary and skirted 98 yards for a touchdown. The game was tied 7-7.
However, it didn’t last long. Less than a minute later, the Millers’ Caelan Groce caught a TD pass to put Yukon up 14-7.
With 3:17 left in the half, the Lions had a chance to try and tie the game when they forced Yukon to punt. Bernhardy scrambled for a 30-yard gain before hitting Lujan for another big play down field. That set up a 9-yard touchdown pass from Bernhardy to Stephan Robinson and sent the game into halftime tied 14-14.
With the Lions shutting down the running attacking, the Somerville continually tested Moore’s secondary. Late in the third quarter, it was Evan Sprayberry who got lit up for a 26-yard touchdown pass, which gave Yukon a 21-14 advantage.