Taylor wrapped up non-district play with a 35-7 loss to Dickinson on Friday.
“We certainly aren’t happy about getting beat 35-7,” Taylor coach Chad Simmons said. “But we’re happy about not ever quitting.”
Mike Welch, Dickinson’s quarterback, grew up watching Dickinson play as his father Marvin Welch has coached at Dickson for the past 9 years. In his first year starting, Welch is off to a great start throwing for a 72.2 completion percentage and 198 yards in the win.
Dickinson’s quick pace tempo was evident Friday.
“We planned to pick up the pace against this team,” Welch said.
On many occasions, the Gators didn’t even let the Mustangs get set before snapping the ball. It was the quick pace that led to the Gators first touchdown as Welch hit tight end Cameron Gallhier across the middle on a 31-yard skinny post.
Before the first quarter came to a close, Welch hit his other tight end, Jalen Wydermyer, who ran 48 yards before getting caught just 10 yards short of the end zone. Welch scored a 10-yard touchdown with a run just inside the pylon.
Things got worse for the Mustangs, as Dickinson scored on the second play of the Gators following drive.
Welch connected with receiver Darryl Harris in a tight window for 19 yards before Wydermyer rumbled 72 yards for a touchdown showing scouts and fans in attendance why he has offers from Alabama, Miami, and Ole Miss.
Taylor couldn’t catch a break as Julius Loughridge fumbled at the 36 and Dickinson’s DJ Warnell scooped it up and scored from 64 yards out, the only defensive score of the night.
Down 28-0 before the half, Taylor drove to the 30 with help from its human bowling balls, Casey Shorter and Brandon Campbell. After a 25-yard pass to Campbell, the Mustangs couldn’t convert before half as quarterback Dalton Burden was sacked with no time left on the clock.
Having regrouped at the half, Mustangs came out with a consistent first drive. Campbell finished the first drive of the half with a run up the middle for a score giving the Mustangs their first taste of the end zone.
Welch and Dickinson responded, taking off for a 66 yard run on the Gators first play of the second half. Using everything he had, Welch dove for the right pylon of the end zone but was marked down at the 2. On the next play, the Gators fed senior running back Jordan Green the ball for a touchdown and a 35-7 lead.
Taylor’s success this season has come through long, timely drives and Dickinson did well to take that aspect away on Friday.
"Taylor does such a great job of keeping the football away from you and we really wanted to use our tempo to get up on them a little bit so they couldn’t play keep away all night long,” Dickinson coach Marvin Welch said.
Taylor kicks off District 19-6A play against Morton Ranch on Saturday at Legacy Stadium.