Randy Taylor, a 6'2" 225-pound athlete can play all over the field. Defensive End, linebacker, tight end, or running back; Taylor can help his team in many ways.
Rushing for over 800 yards in 2010, Taylor helped Parkers Chapel make it into the Arkansas Class 2A playoffs, where they knocked off Walnut Ridge in the first round. A tough two point loss in the second round was dissapointing, but it doesn't take away from the progress the team has made under Mark King.
Playing in the toughest district in 2A, the Trojans lost three straight games to end the regular season. The losses to Strong, Bearden, and Junction City helped prepare for intensity the playoffs would bring. The playoff experience will help the Trojans in 2011.
"I've been training hard," said Taylor. "I've been hitting the weight room." Taylor's cousin, Shavonte Evans, broke out as a sophomore for Parkers Chapel in 2009. Evans had six touchdowns in a game against Fouke that season. Evans suffered an ACL injury in 2010 and was unable to play. "I'm working with him to get it back right," added Taylor.
While Taylor was busy running over people from his fullback position this past season, he might have a different calling in college. "Right now I haven't decided," he admitted. "More than likely I want to play defense."
Taylor has the strength and the frame to be a defensive end at the next level. He also has the athleticism to play linebacker.
There is still plenty of time for Taylor to figure out what position best suits him. He will have his work cut out for him in what promises to be a tough district once again. Off the field, a lot of the players are friends. Kenneth Dixon from Strong says Taylor is one of his best friends. Dixon will also be at Louisiana Tech's junor day as will Zhakeem Hollidy from Junction City.
These guys have a few weeks left in their junior year and they will have plenty of opportunities to talk about things over the summer. Then its back to the field for one last exciting season on the gridiron.