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Cyler Miles: Last week's loss 'heartbreaking'

Catch Cherokee Trail at Mullen tonight on ESPNU at 7:30 EST/5:30 MST.

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In advance of tonight's big showdown between Mullen and Cherokee Trail (ESPNU, 7:30 EST/5:30 MST), we asked Mustangs quarterback and Washington recruit Cyler Miles about his thoughts for the game.

ON PLAYING ON NATIONAL TV:

"It's a great honor that we have a game on ESPNU, but at the same time, I don't want our team to make a huge deal out of it. It's great and it's all fun but I don't want it to distract us from the game. Our team is really focused. We're coming off a loss, and we really need to get a win under our belt. We sort of need to reboot after last week. That's all we're focused on."

ON LOSING FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 35 GAMES LAST WEEK:

"Heartbreaking. It was heartbreaking, man. The feeling after we lost was indescribable. Being a part of a winning program like Mullen, you hate to lose ever. But I think the loss will benefit us in the long run. It kind of made us realize we can't show up and automatically it's a 'W.' We have to play and prepare. We have to play every game like it's [the state championship].

ON WHAT WENT WRONG AGAINST GRANDVIEW:

"We might have underestimated them a little. We made too many mistakes. But that's past us now. We're really focused on getting a win this week. The coaches say they have a bitter taste in their mouths after last week, so we're focused on getting that taste out of our mouths this week."

ON CHEROKEE TRAIL:

"I know quite a bit about them, actually. They've got a very good secondary — just great corners — and it's usually very tough for me to pass on them. They have great defensive linemen as well. Their QB (Thomas Singleton), I've been friends with him almost all my life. He's a great athlete; we can't let him scramble too many times. We just need to do what we do and go back to playing Mullen football. Pass when we need to, and just play our game. But they're a very athletic bunch of kids' We're going to have to play fast."