Posted: 12:11 pm Friday, January 6th, 2012

Glades Day RB Kelvin Taylor finishes second in Mr. Football voting 

By Jeff Greer

Glades Day running back Kelvin Taylor finished second in voting for Florida’s Mr. Football, the Florida Dairy Farmers announced Friday. Miami Norland running back and Miami commit Duke Johnson won the award, which is given to Florida’s top high school football player.

Johnson received 16 of the possible 26 first-place votes for the award and beat out Taylor, who got three first-place votes, by 64 points. Bradenton-Manatee quarterback Cord Sandberg was third.

Tallahassee-North Florida Christian’s Robert Craft won Coach of the Year. Miramar coach Damon Cogdell finished second, and Miami Washington coach Tim Harris placed third.

Taylor ran for 2,884 yards and 40 touchdowns as part of his record-breaking junior season in which he shattered the state records for career rushing yards and touchdowns. Glades Day lost to St. Petersburg-Admiral Farragut in the state semifinals.

Florida Dairy Farmers has given out the prestigious awards every season since 1992. Three area players and two area coaches have won the awards, with the last Palm Beach County winner being Dwyer’s Matt Elam in 2009.