MINT HILL, NC – The Patriots senior quarterback gets the nod for his gallant effort in the recent 24-22 loss to crosstown rival the Rocky River Ravens in an exciting football game. The Ravens played two quarterbacks and recognition must go out to junior Khalil Archie for tossing two touchdown passes including the game winner with 53 seconds remaining.
However, throughout the contest and especially in the first half and in a fourth quarter comeback Taylor excelled when his team needed him most. He followed through with an extraordinary effort to almost pull off a miracle finish.
In the first half he had multiple pass completions to different receivers of 9, 10, 13, 17, and 20 yards. He also ran for an 18 yard gain to put his team in field goal range which put the first points of the game on the scoreboard.
During the fourth quarter comeback charge, he had two quarterback keepers of 15, and 30 yards during an important drive to again put his team in field goal range. Then with just 44.4 seconds remaining and down 24-16, from the Patriots own 40 yard line, he would connect with wide receiver Bryson Tisdale for a beautiful 60 yard touchdown in perfect stride on the first play of the drive giving the Patriots an opportunity to tie the football game.
In his career at Independence Taylor has tossed 23 touchdowns, has accumulated 3191 yards passing, 539 yards rushing, with a total of 207 all purpose yards per game including this Thursday nights football game.
The Mint Hill Times Sports Editor and Writers want to congratulate Arnold Taylor for being this weeks “Featured Player of the Week” for his outstanding performance, competitive spirit, and leadership displayed on the field.