Powhatan football coach Jim Woodson says there’s “no nonsense” when it comes to the running style of 5-foot-8, 192-pound senior Jacob Taylor.
“He has a couple of moves, but he’s more into lowering the pads and punishing people when they try to tackle him,” Woodson said. “He wears people out toward the end of the game.”
Taylor and the Indians wore down Midlothian last week. He got the ball 34 times and ran for 251 yards and two touchdowns as Powhatan carried over last year’s late momentum with a14-7 victory.
The Indians went 3-7 last year but were more and more competitive as the season progressed. Powhatan returned seven starters on offense – including almost the entire line -- and eight on defense.
“They’re looking to change things,” Woodson said.
Taylor averaged 121.2 yards last year. He’s put on about 10-15 pounds, Woodson said, and has increased his speed some.
“He’s a big, thick guy in the legs, and he’s difficult to tackle,” Woodson said. “We’ve got an outstanding group of linemen in front of him. [They] are working hard and have the capability to adjust when the defense makes changes at the last second.”