Posted: 11:47 pm Monday, November 12th, 2012

Playoff Primer 2012: Kelvin Taylor’s last hurrah with Glades Day 

By Jeff Greer

On Friday, there are 16 playoff games involving teams from our area. In the buildup to the games, we’ll break down every matchup.

Taylor

Kelvin Taylor. Do we really need to write more? OK, OK. Maybe just a little more. How about the quest for another state-title ring? Glades Day coach Pete Walker has three, two with Taylor, and Glades Day has seven overall. Surely the state’s all-time leading rusher wants one more ring for his fingers before he heads off to Gainesville, right?

Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. General admission is $8; reserved seating is $9.

GLADES DAY
Record: 7-2.
How they qualified: Winner, District 7-2A.
Average points per game: 43.6.
Average points allowed per game: 24.8.
Offensive yardage totals: 3,178 (2,323 rush/855 pass).
Offensive stars: RB Kelvin Taylor.
Defensive yardage totals: 2,252 (1,181 rush/1,071 pass).
Best win: 56-42 over Village Academy.

CHAMPAGNAT CATHOLIC
Record: 2-8.
How they qualified: Runner-up, District 8-2A.
Average points per game: 14.8.
Average points allowed per game: 27.4.
Best win: 22-21 over Doral Academy.

PBGametime favorite: Glades Day.
Pinkos’ prediction: Glades Day by 27.
Lazindex favorite: Glades Day.

This is one of those playoff games where, with all due respect and compliments for reaching the playoffs, Champagnat Catholic simply doesn’t belong on the same field. Not because it has bad kids or coaches. I’m sure they’re great. But the task of stopping Taylor for a 2A school with two wins to its name is just not fair. Taylor (5-11, 215) is a record-breaking, All-American running back, with big blockers in front of him and a keen eye for opening space. He’s big and bullish, but he’s fast and shifty. That’s why he’s who he is, and why Florida is so excited to have his verbal commitment. Glades Day won this game comfortably last year, and the Gators are better this time around.

The biggest question in the postseason for Glades Day isn’t whether it’ll win this game. It’s how far can the Gators go with the ball in Kelvin’s hands? He won them two state titles in a row before last year’s run was cut short by Admiral Farragut. It’s hard to imagine that happening again. Will it?