Star performance: The senior running back carried 34 times for 193 yards and five touchdowns, as Powhatan defeated Orange 42-7. Taylor had a lot of success on stretch plays. He also found plenty of space going to the left behind blockers Austin Bradley, Jay Johnson and Brandon Eike.
The coach’s last game: Friday was the last regular-season game and likely the last home game for Powhatan coach Jim Woodson. It was an emotional night, Taylor said, as Woodson was greeted by former players and the Powhatan community.
“It’s a big deal for him,” Taylor said. “It felt special being his last group of kids. There’s a lot of pride in the program.”
Woodson is 282-105-1 in 34 seasons, making him the Richmond area’s winningest coach.
On to the playoffs: Powhatan (6-3) is the No. 7 seed in Class 4, Region B and will face No. 2-seeded Monacan on Friday. Powhatan didn’t make the playoffs last year after going 3-7, and got beat in the first round by Chancellor two years ago. The team is excited to be back, Taylor said.
Taylor is a two-year starter at running back. Most of the players were juniors last year, and they’re seniors now. The fact that so much of the team is a year older and a year better has contributed to Powhatan’s improved record this year.
“I feel like I’m playing a lot faster and making my reads better,” Taylor said.
If he could have dinner with anyone dead or alive: “Aaron Rodgers.”
Future career: “Dentist.”
Best advice he’s ever received: “Never give up,” from his dad.
Results from voting at 804Varsity.com:
-- Jacob Taylor, Powhatan: 1,001
-- D’Vonte Waller, Highland Springs: 469
-- Stone Snyder, Monacan: 271
-- Brendon Clark, Manchester: 92
-- Cirdale Luccess, Dinwiddie: 37