MINT HILL, NC – The Patriots senior quarterback returned to action this season to retake the helm at running the offense. He was having a fabulous season in 2019 prior to sustaining a knee injury and subsequent surgery. He plays with a knee brace to protect his knee, but had a stellar recovery and is starting to flash his potential.
The solid 6’1″ 210 pound QB took a hit on the knee in the season opener. However, no damage just a stinger. He returned to the contest to almost pull out a comeback win at Hickory Ridge in a heartbreaking 7-6 loss. Then he engineered the winning touchdown in the 4th quarter to defeat East Mecklenburg Friday night 15-9. He connected with his receivers for 55, 20, 15 yards in key down situations to keep drives alive.
His career passing statistics in 13 games played prior to Friday night includes 143 completions on 291 attempts for 2406 passing yards. This equates to a .491 completion percentage, and it improved against East Mecklenburg. He has averaged 185.1 yards per game, 16.8 yards per reception, accumulated 19 touchdowns, with his longest pass completion being 80 yards, and a QB rating of 85.0.
Arnold has rushed 93 times and gained 444 yards, with an average of 4.8 yards per carry, 52 yards was his longest career run to date from scrimmage, with a 34.2 yards average per game, and 6 rushing touchdowns.
The senior who carries a good 3.6 GPA is expected to keep Independence very competitive along with a stable offensive line, good running backs, and receivers. The Mint Hill Times sports editor and writers want to congratulate Arnold Taylor for being selected our Featured Player of the Week.