Countryside football coach John Davis doesn’t know if Cougars senior Alton Taylor is the area’s best running back. But he knows this:
“I wouldn’t trade him for anyone around,“ Davis said.
A year ago, the 5-foot-9, 180-pound Taylor played receiver. But in what may go down as one of Davis’ best ever coaching decisions, Taylor was moved to tailback in the spring.
He has responded by gaining 198 yards in the team’s spring game, 154 in its fall classic and 223 with four touchdowns on 29 carries last week against Boca Ciega.
“He gets better and better as he goes,” Davis said. “He’s a workhorse.”
Besides his own talent, Taylor has one other thing working in his favor: Countryside's outstanding offensive line. With the line blocking and Taylor gaining yards in huge chunks, the Cougars aren’t likely to change their plan of attack anytime soon.
“We’re going to be giving him the ball a lot,” Davis said.