Game Report: Hilee Taylor

LAURINBURG, N.C. -- Scotland County dominated play both on offense and defense as they shutout Lumberton 44-0 Friday night. Fighting Scots star defensive end Hilee Taylor [<i>pictured</i>] demonstrated why the Tar Heels staff offered him a scholarship early, as he was constantly wreaking havoc in the opposing team's backfield.

It was amazing to watch as Taylor sacked the quarterback ending three Lumberton possessions in the first quarter. Taylor has the ability to blow past defensive linemen and target the quarterback (or punter). His closing speed is as good as any cornerback except he is closing on a quarterback instead of a receiver.

Lumberton tried various ways to avoid Taylor's pressure by double-teaming, rolling away from his side, and even holding. Sometimes his presence was evident by causing several illegal procedure penalties as Lumberton blockers would try to position themselves early to block knowing that Taylor would be exploding off the ball.

Taylor appeared to be very much the team player. He doesn't trash talk. He always hustles on and off the field. He is used on Offense, Defense, and Special Teams and does not take plays off. Scotland uses Hilee as a tight end on short yardage situation as he is an exceptional blocker. On one play, he pancaked one defender and continued blocking several other Lumberton defenders that led to a big running play by Scotland.

Taylor was used in kickoff coverage and the punt return team. He used his rushing ability on one occasion to block a Lumberton punt that led to a Scotland County score. He appears to have a good attitude in doing whatever was asked of him.

Inside Carolina had the chance to speak to Mr. and Mrs. Hilee Taylor Sr. about the decision by Hilee Jr. to join the Tar Heels.

"I really think he knew all along that he was going to Carolina," Hilee Sr. said. "He wanted to visit those other schools just to be sure. We have never been to a Carolina football game and we are looking forward to visiting for the Florida State game next week."

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