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Small-School Player of the Year: Kelvin Taylor, Glades Day, sophomore

HT./ WT.: 5-11, 205 POS.: RB STATISTICS: Rushed for 2,517 yards on 288 carries and scored 35 touchdowns after coming off knee surgery last spring that limited his playing time at the beginning of the season. SEASON HIGHLIGHTS: He rushed for a single-game state playoff-record 437 yards and scored five touchdowns in Glades Day's 35-29 win against district rival Jupiter Christian in the Class 1B regional final. He followed that up with another stellar performance in the state championship game, rushing for 248 yards and five touchdowns on 44 carries to lead the Gators to a 42-35 victory against Warner Christian. OF NOTE: Taylor's phenomenal performance in the regional finals ranks as the fifth-best single-game rushing performance in state history. He basically was a one-man wrecking crew in Glades Day's four playoff games, rushing for 1,204 yards and 16 touchdowns as the Gators won their second consecutive state title. TAYLOR ON ACCOMPLISHMENTS THIS SEASON: "I owe a lot to my offensive line. They did a really good job [blocking] for me. All of our players did. Winning back-to-back state championships, that was way more important." MARK RANDALL, Sun Sentinel
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