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High School Football: Taylor propels Eagles

Junior has four rushing TDs and returns a kickoff for a fifth to help Estancia hold off Godinez.

October 25, 2013|By Barry Faulkner

Hoosier Homecoming hero?

Indiana Taylor, of course.

The Estancia High junior, filling in for injured tailback Christian Laurent, rushed for 214 yards and four touchdowns and added a 90-yard kickoff return for a touchdown to lead the host Eagles to a 55-41 Orange Coast League football victory over Godinez.

Taylor, primarily sprinting around end and off-tackle, gashed the Grizzlies all night. His scoring kickoff return immediately followed a 92-yard return for a touchdown by Godinez that opened the second half.

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And Taylor's final sprint, a 72-yard scoring burst on which he ran out of one tackle, finalized the scoring to clinch an explosive, back-and-forth game that the Eagles appeared to have control of at intermission.

After Godinez (3-5, 0-3 in league) drove 79 yards on 14 plays with its opening possession to take a 7-0 lead, the Eagles (3-5, 1-2) scored four touchdowns in 5:22 elapsed time on the clock. Before the Estancia run was over, it had 34 straight points in just less than 10 1/2 minutes to take a 34-7 halftime lead.

A short punt set up Estancia's first score, a 36-yard Taylor burst around right end.

After the Eagles recovered the ensuing pooch kickoff, sophomore quarterback Connor Brown threw to his brother, junior Jake Brown, for a seven-yard touchdown on fourth down that gave the hosts the lead for good with 10:22 left in the second quarter.

After Godinez went three-and-out on its next possession, Connor Brown capped a 26-yard scoring drive with a one-yard touchdown plunge, and when Estancia recovered a fumble on the first play after the ensuing kickoff, freshman cornerback Dylan Laurent scooped up the loose ball and scored on a 40-yard return that made it 27-7 with 6:15 left in the first half.

Taylor capped the first-half blitz with a 25-yard run and Ivan Perez added one of his seven conversion kicks to cap the first-half scoring with 1:09 left.

Godinez scored twice more in the third quarter after the two dove-tail kickoff returns for touchdowns to climb within 41-28, before Taylor capped a 10-play, 67-yard drive with a three-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter.

Once again, Godinez scored consecutive touchdowns to pull within 48-41 with 2:49 left.

But after Estancia's D.J. Davis called a fair catch on a high pooch kickoff, the Eagles needed just three plays to produce the capping touchdown.

It was another dizzying experience for the Godinez defense, which lost, 64-39, to Costa Mesa on Oct. 18.

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