Taylor takes his turn at the wheel
The 2-3 Mustangs seem to have formulated an answer in senior Brock Taylor, who after sitting out most of last season with an injury, is making up for lost time in earnest.
Taylor rushed for 220 yards and three touchdowns, which included scores of 70 and 61 yards on 19 carries, in Mad- isonville's opening week 35-28 win against Groesbeck.
At 6-foot, 175 pounds, he obviously doesn't matchup physically with the 6-3, 230-pound specimen Whaley.
And while Whaley could jet past defensive backs with ease, Taylor possesses a warp speed that allows him to run a 4.32 40-yard dash.
"We call it comic book fast," said Madisonville Coach Greg Morgan. "He runs so fast that it's comical at times."
"You're never going to play Madisonville and not see their athleticism," said Rockdale Coach Jeff Miller. "And he's a heck of an athlete. He can do a little bit of everything and they do a good job of using him everywhere."
Even so, Whaley's imprint remains.
"He was so great," Taylor said of his former teammate. "I am going to have to work very hard to ever have a chance to equal him."
Taylor is used to following in footsteps. His brother Brad, reached near-legendary status himself two years ago as the Mustangs' quarterback.
He now plays tight end for Baylor.
Madisonville could have used Taylor's services last season. Even with Whaley, the Mustangs sagged to 3-6 with no one to take the heat off him.
But Taylor was hurt in the second game of the 2008 season with a torn meniscus and did not return until the season finale.
"It was hard for me to watch my team play and not be able to help," he said.
Morgan plans to move Taylor around where he can best help the team.
"He's going to play everything for us," he said. "When we're running the ball, he's going to be our tailback. When it's an obvious passing situation, he'll be at wide receiver. We're not going to trick anybody.
"They're going to know where he is. We've got to get the ball to him."
"I like having the ball in my hands and scoring touchdowns, that kind of stuff," said Taylor.
It really doesn't make any difference to me where I line up."
Taylor has rushed for 428 yards this season for Madisonville who is ranked dead last in offense in the district (272 ypg).
Taylor and the Mustangs will be facing the league's best defense in Rockdale Friday.
Taylor is hearing college offers from nearby Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Missouri and Oklahoma St. He could probably join his brother at Baylor.
He already has solid offers from Duke and Stanford after scoring a 1360 on his SAT test.
The Mustangs are coming off a mud-soaked 6-0 homecoming victory over Crockett.
"We needed some momentum going into district," Morgan said. "We've just got to get better at special teams, and we're continuing to strive to be more consistent offensively.
"We'll take the win, however we need to work to get the burden off Brock so that he's not our total offense. We need to get our inside game going so that others step up to Taylor in contributing."
This report contains material from the Bryan-College Station Eagle and Coaches Aid.
• Rockdale has now won 14 of its last 16 regular season games and is 8-1 at home in its last nine games.
• Terral Dixon changed jersey numbers from 11 to 1 because of a better fit.
• With his three touchdowns Friday night, Joe Sanders has now scored 23 in his career which moves him up to fourth on the career list behind Jamal Williams and Don Wesley who have 24 apiece. Blade Bassler tops the list with 35.
• With 538 yards and five games to go, Daniel Brooks could become the first sophomore in Rockdale history to gain 1,000 yards. Don Wesley ran for 832 yards as a sophomore in 1975.
• After converting five-of-six extra points Friday, Waylon Boyd is now 64-of-69 in his career.
• Juan Estrada punished the Yoemen with a game-high eight tackles including one that knocked off Yoe quarterback Steven Townsend's helmet.
• The touchdown the Tigers allowed in the second quarter is the first time a team has scored on them in the first half this season.
• The Tigers have been penalized 20 times for 198 yards in the past two games.
• Friday marked the 50th anniversary of the Tigers' first win in the Battle of the Bell series.
THE STARTING LINEUPS
|No.||Pos. Player,||Ht.-Wt.||Class||No.||Pos. Player, Ht.-Wt.||Class|
|18||QB||Joe Sanders,||6-2,||190||Sr||54||RE||Colton||Long 6-1, 203||Sr|
|22||RB||Greg Chelf, 5-7, 150||Sr||78||RT||Marcus Dorsey, 5-9, 260||Jr|
|31||WR||J.B. Debault,||5-11, 175||Sr||22||LT||Dasmine Whaley, 5-9, 200||Jr|
|9||WR||Justin||Elliott,||6-3,||180||Sr||65||LE||Vance||Brassell, 6-4, 252||Sr|
|8||WR||Brandon Gibbs, 6-1, 170||Sr||9||LB||Martin||Craig, 5-10,||164||Jr|
|88||WR||Derrick Mynar, 6-4, 205||Sr||45||LB||Terry Livingston, 5-10, 205||Jr|
|62||LT||LeRaven Clark, 6-6, 230||Jr||44||LB||James||Turner,||6-1,||190||Sr|
|65||LG||Chris||Ware, 5-10,||265||Sr||12||LB||Quinten McVey, 5-7, 164||Sr|
|50||C||Patrick David,||6-0, 235||So||8||S||Adrian||Smith,||5-10,||170||Jr|
|64||RG||Clemente Diaz, 5-11, 235||Sr||7||CB||Ladarian Byrd,||6-0,||170||Jr.|
|76||RT||Dillan||Schnerr, 6-4, 250||Jr||1||CB||Howard Harris, 5-11, 175||Sr|
|64||NG||Clemente Diaz, 5-11, 235||Sr||1||QB||Howard Harris,||5-11, 175||Sr|
|62||LT||LeRaven Clark, 6-6, 230||Jr||5||TB||Brock||Taylor, 6-0, 170||Sr|
|77||RT||Logan||David,||6-4,||300||Sr||22||FB||Dasmine Whaley, 5-9, 200||Jr|
|88||LB||Derrick Mynar, 6-4, 205||Jr||7||Z||Ladarian Byrd,||6-0,||170||Jr|
|34||LB||Anthony Montoya,5-10,||200 Jr||8||X||Adrian||Smith, 5-10,||170||Jr|
|6||LB||Derek||David,||6-3,||225||So||60||LT||Greg Bazan, 6-3, 236||Jr|
|8||CB||Brandon Gibbs, 6-1, 170||Sr||51||LG||Chris||Le, 6-0,||234||So|
|1||CB||Terral||Dixon,||5-9,||160||Jr||58||C||Will Mathis, 5-11, 270||Sr|
|15||S||Tyler Wright,||6-3,||180||Jr||54||RG||Colton Long, 6-1, 203||Sr|
|2||S||Casey||Burrough, 5-7, 160||Jr||55||RT||Dillon||Boyd, 5-11, 270||Sr|