Taylor runs past Warner

Updated: October 3, 2017

Andreas Butler


A potent rushing attacked pushed Pierson-Taylor past Warner Christian Academy 47-8 at Jerry S. Johnson, Jr. Memorial Stadium in South Daytona.

The Wildcats trio of Vicandi Ward (122 yards, 1 TD), Jaquvais ‘Shug’ Williams (126 yards, 2 TD) and Daniel Gemeinhardt (134 yards, 2TD) led the way.

“We wanted to get back to the things that helped us all year. It was on display tonight. We did all the little things tonight,” responded Taylor head coach, Antuarn Williams.

Taylor’s defense also held Warner’s Marvin Scott who has led Volusia and Flagler Counties in rushing yards for the past two seasons to just 37 yards.

“They loaded the box and it was hard for us to get the running game going. We have some young guys up front and some new guys as well. We’ll bounce back,” answered Warner head coach, Chris Green.

The game was originally scheduled for September 15 but moved due to hurricane Irma.

Both teams needed the game since a win only helps them with the new playoff format.

Four days earlier Warner beat Belle Isles Cornerstone Christian 38-6 and Taylor lost to Wildwood 16-9.

“We were mentally ready but a little banged up from the game on Friday. I am still proud of the team. We had a tough game. We got a good group. We’ll stay the course and get ready for the next game,” said Green.

Williams echoed, “It just shows the character of these young men. I think it was easier for them to come and play tonight instead of practicing today.”

Taylor (4-1) struck first on Ward’s 76-yard touchdown run with 6:36 to go in the first quarter.

Williams’ 20-yard touchdown run put the Wildcats up 27-0 with 6:18 remaining in the half.

Warner (2-2) scored on an 80-yard touchdown pass from Jon Stroehlen to Howard James who broke away from a defender to make it 27-8 with 8:15 left in the third quarter.

Taylor responded with a 55- yard touchdown run from Gemeinhardt pushing the lead to 34-8 with 7:53 remaining in the third period.

Kameron Hill added two rushing touchdowns for the Wildcats.

Jamaal Holmes added 45 rushing yards and Stroehlen threw for 91 yards for the Eagles.

Taylor hosts Interlachan while Warner hosts Space Coast on Friday.

Players of the Game: Quarterback Vicandi Ward and running back Jaquvais Williams and wide receiver/quarterback Daniel Gemeinhardt.

Almost left Gemeinhardt out of this one Ward and Williams made the big plays all game; especially early. Ward also had an interception on defense. Teammate Jaden Reeves had a quiet game while nursing an injury. With Ward, Williams, Reeves and Gemeinhardt the Wildcats have four players who must be accounted for at all times.


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