Posted: 7:41 pm Saturday, August 28th, 2010
By Jeff Greer
Let’s see how long I can go without mentioning Kelvin Taylor.
Anyway, a lazy man’s estimate says Taylor was at about 75 percent in Saturday’s 24-12 Glades Day win. He rushed for 94 yards and a score. Tanner Redish was 9 of 18 for 158 yards.
The stat of the day: Palm Beach County went 2-0 at the Gridiron Challenge. And yes, I did talk a ton of smack in the press box (not really).
1. It’s hard to not talk about Taylor. Let’s be honest: He was the man of the hour at today’s game. He has been the man of the summer, too. Everyone asks him about his knee. I wonder if ants ask him about it when they walk by him on the sidewalk.
He’s not quite there yet. One teammate said Taylor was on his way, but still not himself. That was clear. What’s not clear is if that’s an injury thing or a football-shape thing. In other words, Taylor missed a lot of summer conditioning, so part of his timidity might just be that he is still returning to football form.
He said he was still trying to get comfortable cutting. Doesn’t help that he was playing on turf. Either way, Glades Day’ll need him next week against Jupiter Christian. More on that later.
2. Pete Walker isn’t afraid to throw the ball. Walker told me a few times this week that he wanted to pass a bit and keep the offense balanced. Glades Day tossed 18 passes and ran 33 times. Not too bad.
Here’s a better stat … The Gators had 316 total yards — 158 passing, 158 running.
There’s your balance.
3. It was hard to miss Eaton Spence. The two-way athlete made multiple big plays that caught my eye. His most impressive play was his most meaningful.
Spence had one-on-one coverage on the right flank. Redish tossed up a fluttering ball that came down around the 4-yard line. Spence stopped at the goal line, tracked back and snatched the pass. Then he shed his man and tip-toed past the pylon.
“He’s a Division I athlete,” Walker said. “We expect that kind of stuff out of Eaton.”
4. Having a kicking game helps. Glades Day had a drive stall at the end of the first quarter. Stopped at about the 12, the Gators trotted out Joseph Langmeyer. The senior place-kicker drilled a 29-yard field goal to break the scoreless tie.
There are other teams with kickers, too. My point is this: Think of all the high school football games you’ve seen where a team has to go for it on fourth down because it doesn’t have a kicker. Glades Day doesn’t have that problem.
5. Get hyped for Jupiter Christian at Glades Day next week. I feel almost spoiled that we get to see these two teams meet up this early in the season. The game will more or less decide the district. Hopefully it’s a preview of another showdown in the playoffs later this season.
It’ll be fun to watch Jupiter Christian’s Josh and Austin Talbott match up with Spence and J.T. Thornton.
Oh, and that Taylor guy makes for an enticing running back vs. running back clash with Jupiter Christian’s shifty tailback Trey Pendergrass.
Good night, Daytona. I’m pretty sure no one cares what my life is like. Y’all just want to see football news, right?
Well, here’s a few days in the life of a sportswriter. And for the record, I still can’t believe I get to do this for a living. What a great gig.
Anyway, I woke up at 7 a.m. yesterday to work on some stories and a special weekly Web show that Matt and I are starting up. Then I moseyed my way to the muck for Pahokee vs. Jupiter Christian. Stopped back at work afterward to blog my thoughts. Got home at 2 a.m., woke up at 7 and left for Daytona.
Follow me on Twitter @jeffgreer for news updates throughout the week as these teams prepare for their big game next week.