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1B FINAL: Glades Day 42, Warner Christian 35

ORLANDO – If fans were looking for an exciting game when they came to the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, they certainly found one.

Behind the 5-touchdown, 254 yard performance by Glades Day sophomore running back Kelvin Taylor, the Gators (10-4) captured the 1B state title 42-35 over the previously unbeaten Daytona Warner Christian Eagles.

Breon Allen got the Eagles on the board when he raced 30 yards for a 7-0 lead with 4:30 left in the opening quarter.

The Eagles extended their lead to 14-0 with 2:50 left in the opening quarter when Taylor Barron found Taylor Oldham from 80 yards out.

Warner Christian took a 21-0 lead with 8:11 left in the opening half when Marcus Dixon took it 14-0 after the Eagles forced a turnover.

Glades Day finally got on the board with 4:10 left in the first half when sophomore Kelvin Taylor took it in from 24 yards out, cutting the lead to 21-7.

Taylor and the Gators cut he lead to 21-14 when he ran 13 yards for a score with 6:37 left in the third quarter.

The Eagles answered back in a hurry when Allen ran 68 yards setting up a 23 yard scoring run by Oldham with 6:06 left in the quarter.

Tanner Redish brought the Gators back to within 28-21 with 1:44 left in the third quarter when he found Steven Williams from 28 yards out.

Taylor tied the game at 28-28 with 11:56 left in the fourth quarter on a 9-yard run.

Warner Christian, which has put the pressure on all season, took the lead back with 10:59 left on a 64-yard run by super sophomore Marcus Dixon.

Not to be outdone by Warner, Taylor and the Gators tie the game at 35 with 8:25 left in the game.

Taylor’s fifth touchdown of the game with 2:20 left in the quarter when he darted 19-yards for a 42-35 lead. On the score, Taylor was ejected for excessive celebration.

* Sophomore Kelvin Taylor, the son of NFL and former Glades Central star, has over 2,400 yards rushing this season – along with 30 touchdowns.

• Breon Allen is small at 5-7, 167, but this four-year starter for Warner Christian is a big time runner and defensive back.

• Glades Day QB Tanner Redish (6-2, 180) is a junior and a very good prospect. He had a rough opening quarter.

• Warner Christian senior DE Tyler Barron (6-, 206) is having a good first quarter. Several schools have been keeping an eye on him.

• Seniors Luke Turner (5-10, 238) and Jamari Daniels (5-10, 200) have been impressive on defense for Warner Christian.

• Junior Steven Williams (6-3, 160) came up with a huge play that saved a long gain – or a touchdown – early in the second quarter.

• Senior Javon Carrigan (6-0, 185) and junior Corey Garcia (5-11, 180) have started to step it up for the Gators.

• Jamari Daniels recovers a fumble for Warner Christian with 8:28 left on the Glades Day 35.

• While Breon Allen gets much of the ink, sophomore Marcus Dixon runs very well too!

•Taylor has not been able to find any big holes to run through as the Warner Christian defense continues to have an answer.

• Breon Allen has six first half tackles.

• Redish hit senior Eaton Spence with a key reception down to the Warner 24 with 4:16 left.

• Junior safety Luis Ruiz (5-8, 130) saved a sure touchdown run by Allen with 3:43 left.

• Eaton Spence comes up with a huge stop and then Steven Williams picks off Tyler Barron, deep in Warner territory. 10:59 (3).
• Allen once again comes up with a huge stop on Taylor, who had just 57 yards at the half.

• Javon Carrigan comes up with a fumble recovery at the Warner 16 with 8:07 left in the quarter, which leads to a score.

• Allen takes off on a 67-yard run. This kid is exciting!

• Taylor Oldham is also making it happen on the defensive side of the ball. This junior is very talented for Warner. He just came up with his 13th pick of the year!

• You have to credit the Warner OL for opening huge holes through the first three quarters. Charles Tatum (5-10, 238, Sr.), Randy Hasher (5-9, 208, Jr.), Michael Freeman (5-10, 200, Jr.), Tyrone Filer, Jr. (5-7, 248, Fr.) and Austin Harold (6-0, 243, Fr.) have led the way.

• The Gators recovered the kickoff when senior Taylor Mann (6-0, 165) came up with the recovery.

• If Warner Christian is going to win this game, Allen needs to continue to step it up like he has for the past three seasons.

• Warner has outscored the opposition 87-34 in the fourth quarter. Glades Day has been outscored 43-28.

• Taylor has had a record fourth quarter as he nears 200 yards.

• Junior Colton Coates (6-2, 310) and Landon McDuffie (6-1, 200) have come up with back-to-back sacks.

• Glades Day OL paving the way up front include Cameron Carlson (5-11, 235, Sr.), Tyler Lecroy (6-1, 210, Sr.), Eli Johnson (5-11, 250, So.) and Zachery Simmons (6-0, 230, Sr.).

• Junior Corey Garcia comes up with the turnover of the year for the Gators as he picks off Tyler Barron with 1:27 left.

Warner Christian 14 7 7 7 - 35
Glades Day 0 7 14 14 - 42
WC – Breon Allen 30 yard run (Cameron Rowe kick), 4:30 (1), 7-0
WC – Taylor Oldham 80 pass from Tyler Barron (Cameron Rowe kick), 2:50 (1), 14-0
WC – Marcus Dixon 14 run (Cameron Rowe kick), 8:11 (2), 21-0
GD – Kelvin Taylor 24 run, (Joseph Langmeyer kick), 4:10 (2), 21-7
GD – Kelvin Taylor 13 run (Joseph Langmeyer kick), 6:37 (3), 21-14
WC – Taylor Oldham 23 run (Cameron Rowe kick), 6:07 (3), 28-14
GD – Marcus Dixon 64 run , 10:59 (4)
GD – Steven Williams 28 yard pass from Tanner Redish (Joseph Langmeyer kick), 1:44 (3), 28-21
GD – Kelvin Taylor 9 run (Joseph Langmeyer kick), 11:56 (4), 28-28
WC – Marcus Dixon 64 run (Cameron Rowe kick), 10:59 (4), 35-28
GD – Kelvin Taylor 14 run (Joseph Langmeyer kick), 8:25 (4), 35-35
GD – Kelvin Taylor 19 run (Joseph Langmeyer kick), 2:20 (4), 42-35