Game Report: Ryan Taylor

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. --- Most high school athletes would be happy with Ryan Taylor's performance Friday night: five catches for 73 yards, one touchdown and one two-point conversion. However, Taylor's relentless pursuit of perfection prevents him from giving credit where it is due.

"I was a little out of shape I felt like," said Taylor. "It was hot, but that's no excuse."

Out of shape? You couldn't tell by his chiseled 6-foot-4, 210-pound frame – especially how he played just about every offensive and special teams snap for Winston-Salem (N.C.) Mount Tabor in their 39-20 defeat of perennial powerhouse New Bern.

What won't make the stat sheets is the touchdown catch that was ruled just short – only by the referees, not by Taylor, and another two-point conversion catch that was called back after an illegal shift.

On the recruiting front – or lack there of, Taylor's verbal commitment over the summer to the Tar Heels has taken him off the market.

"I get some letters, but nothing major," said Taylor. "I'm pretty solid and I let everybody know that."

Taylor is still in constant contact with the North Carolina coaching staff, and made an unofficial visit to the campus this past weekend.

"I'm going down Sunday [yesterday] for their recruiting day," said Taylor. "I talk to them about once a week."

This Friday, Mount Tabor will continue their march to the 4A State Championship with a pushover game against new school Pfafftown Reagan. On September 30th the Spartans will face their greatest challenge of the regular season as they taken on new conference rivals Mocksville (N.C.) Davie and UNC commit Logan Buchanan and Notre Dame commit Raeshon McNeil.

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