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October 12, 2009
by: DEAN CLARK Tulsa World Correspondent
(Reprinted with Permission. This is not an endorsement.)
YUKON Backup quarterback Kale Pearson and a suffocating defense carried short-handed Union to a 33-10 victory over Yukon on Friday night at Miller Stadium.
The Class 6A No. 2 Redskins, 4-1 on the year and 3-0 in District 6A-4, played without starting quarterback Chase Boyce, leading receiver Thomas Roberson and standout safety Luke Snider. But Pearson produced two rushing touchdowns and passed for another as Union broke the game open in the second and third quarters.
"Pearson is a gamer," said Union coach Kirk Fridrich. "He put the team on his back and carried it."
The Union defense was virtually immovable, except for a lapse late in the first half when Yukon stormed 80 yards for its only touchdown.
Yukon came into the game as the highest scoring team in Class 6A with standout sophomore quarterback Corben Jones entering with 15 touchdown passes. But Yukon (3-3, 2-1) did not pick up a first down until Union led 17-0.
The Millers had 221 yards in offense and hurt themselves with 12 penalties for 92 yards. The flags included a delay of game call when a blocked punt had given Yukon a first down at the Union 3 in the first quarter.
Slowed by poor field position, Union failed to score in the first quarter, but the Redskins put 17 points on the board in the second.
Union marched 80 yards in 10 plays for its first touchdown. Pearson scored on an 11-yard run with 10:52 left in the second quarter.
Cole Way drilled a 30-yard field goal to give Union a 10-0 lead with 2:36 left in the half. The Redskins got a 17-0 lead 37 seconds later when Kyle Crutchmer blocked a punt and John Carradini fell on it in the end zone.
Yukon then stormed 80 yards for its only touchdown of the night. Jones capped the drive with a sneak from the 1.
Yukon had momentum at the start of the second quarter, but tailback Terry Jones was stopped short of a first down at the Union 28. Pearson then slipped through the right side, cut to the sideline and outran the pursuit for a 76-yard touchdown.
Despite the relatively easy victory, Fridrich was not overly impressed.
"They did what they had to do to get the points we needed in the district," he said. "But we were way too sloppy."
UNION 33, YUKON 10
Union 0 17 13 3 — 33
Yukon 0 7 0 3 — 10
U: Pearson 11 run (Way kick)
U: FG, Way 30
U: Carradini recovered blocked punt in end zone (Way kick)
Y: Jones 1 run (Godwin kick)
U: Pearson 76 run (kick failed)
U: Hood 22 pass from Pearson (Way kick)
Y: FG, Godwin 43
U: FG, Way 23