Munday's other big playmaker

RB Taylor has 24 TD on only 84 carries

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Munday running back Roddrick Taylor (left) is capable of a big play every time he touches the ball, averaging 16 yards per carry.

Daniel Gomez/Texas Scripps Newspapers Munday running back Roddrick Taylor (left) is capable of a big play every time he touches the ball, averaging 16 yards per carry.

Munday's leading rusher isn't fielding multiple Division I scholarship offers.

He's not the biggest focal point of an offense averaging almost 60 points per game.

But Roddrick Taylor can't be overlooked, not in the middle of a breakout senior season that includes 1,351 rushing yards and 24 touchdowns on only 84 carries.

Quarterback Dee Paul might be generating more collegiate and statewide attention, but Taylor is more than a formidable sidekick. He's equally capable of going the distance on any play.

"He's so explosive. His vision is tremendous," Munday coach Patrick Corcoran said. "The big thing is he's not searching, he's expecting where the hole is going to be and when he sees it, it's like he's getting shot out of a gun."

Taylor wasn't a slouch as a starter the past two seasons, gaining 1,497 yards and 25 touchdowns during the Moguls' state finalist run as a junior, although on about twice the carries as this year.

But like most seniors who return with that much experience — Munday had played 30 games in 2010-11 seasons — Taylor elevated his game to another level.

"For one, I was in the weight room a lot this summer. I've gotten a lot stronger and a lot quicker," Taylor said. "I worked on my feet and my skills a lot during the offseason, and I think it's paying off for me."

There's also a noticeable decisiveness in his running that wasn't always visible before now. The shifty Taylor has excelled in discovering cutback lanes.

"Through the years, we've done a lot of coaching and a lot of talking about those things," Corcoran said. "Now he understands, sees and trusts it, and it's just made him a tremendous tailback."

Taylor also is a versatile tailback. His first five receptions went for touchdowns this season, the fifth being a 55-yard strike in the first quarter last week against Hamlin.

Not until a 28-yard reception later in the 66-13 rout did it mark the first time Taylor had been tackled after a reception.

"I enjoy it with Dee throwing me the ball," Taylor said. "It seems like we have a connection that it's just us out here playing and nobody can stop it."

Taylor, like Paul, could easily be putting monster numbers if they weren't only playing the first halves in blowouts. The 34-27 win over Stamford was the only time Taylor had double-digit carries in a game. Against Era, he scored touchdowns on all four of his carries.

Wouldn't Taylor like to see what he could accomplish if he was fed the ball 15 times a game?

"A little bit, but I really don't mind it as long as we get the 'W,'" Taylor said. "That's all that matters."

Three more victories and Taylor will own a state championship ring. That beats a 2,000-yard season or more publicity any day.

Note: It was written Paul had 99 rushing touchdowns entering last week's playoff game, but Corcoran said his senior quarterback only has 89 after one score against Hamlin.

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adman writes:

What an absolute awesome football team the Moguls fielded this year. To think that they could have so many outstanding players when there are only 105 kids in their high school. I have seen them play twice this year and there is not a 2A or 3A school in our area that could play them close.

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