Posted: 8:02 pm Tuesday, April 10th, 2012
By Matt Porter
ESPN plans to televise high school football every week this fall. It appears one of those games will involve Kelvin Taylor and Glades Day.
The Belle Glade private school and Yulee High are finalizing plans for their 2012 game to be carried on ESPN. The day and time are still to be determined, but the game will be during Week 5, in early October. It will played at Yulee High, about 30 miles north of Jacksonville.
“It’s about 95 percent done,” Glades Day coach Pete Walker said of the agreement between the teams and the network.
ESPN has not confirmed the game or announced its schedule of high school football games.
This will be the third season in a row a Palm Beach County team has appeared on the Worldwide Leader, following Dwyer (2010, ’11) and Glades Central (’11).
Looking for storylines that hook a national audience, ESPN will promote the game as a battle of future SEC running backs.
Yulee, which reached the Class 4A regional finals last year, features Georgia-bound Derrick Henry. In two years of varsity football, the 6-foot-3, 240-pound Henry has rushed for 5,210 yards and 61 touchdowns and is ranked by Rivals.com as the top multipurpose athlete in the nation for 2013.
Glades Day, a six-time state champion which lost in last year’s Class 2A state semifinal, has Taylor, who as a junior broke the state record for all-time rushing yardage formerly held by Emmitt Smith. He also holds the record for career touchdowns and rushing yards in a single game. He has committed to Florida.
Expect ESPN to spotlight Kelvin’s father, Fred Taylor, a Glades Central and Florida alum. Taylor is beloved in the Jacksonville area for his years with Jacksonville Jaguars.
According to Walker, Glades Day players are already buzzing about their chance to be on national TV.
“I think it’s great for our school and our football program,” Walker said. “It’s going to be great exposure. Not everybody has an opportunity to play on national television like that when you’re in high school. I know our kids are very excited about it.”