Griffin Dougherty wanted to leave nothing to chance. So during the eight-month offseason, the most crucial of his young football career as he headed into his senior season for Taylor High, the receiver worked. And worked. And worked some more.
For a successful season of District 19-6A play this season, Taylor will have to put the final result of its out-of-district schedule behind it and take the advice of coach Chad Simmons.
With Deer Park holding a five-point lead late in the third quarter and threatening to make it a two-score advantage with the ball and second down on the Taylor 1-yard line, Trevor Woods saw it coming.
A stellar defensive effort and strong hitting from the outside by sophomore Chandler Lee propelled Taylor to an impressive District 19-6A opening sweep, 25-20, 25-17, 25-19, of Morton Ranch at Morton Ranch High on Sept. 13.