October 8, 2013
Week 6 news, notes: Panthers' Miller, Ready's Taylor stand out
Not sure how many of you caught the Ready-Washington Court House boxscore from Oct. 4, but it sounds like that game got ugly in a hurry.
It was the first game for wide receiver Myles Fowler and running back Deandre Golden, who sat out the first five games after transferring to Ready from Westland and Watterson, respectively, and both had touchdown runs as the Silver Knights blew past Court House 98-20.
There was some time before it got out of hand for Ready senior running back Akili Taylor to add to his area-best rushing totals as well, as he finished with 136 yards and three touchdowns on just eight carries.
That's 17 yards per carry, bringing his rushing totals during Ready's 6-0 start to 1,169 yards and 14 touchdowns on 104 attempts (an 11.2 average).
Taylor isn't especially tall considering he's 5-foot-9, but he packs a punch with his 190 pounds.
According to his profile on ScoutingOhio.com, Taylor has offers from Kent State and Navy in FBS as well as from Notre Dame College in South Euclid.
Taylor seems like a great fit for a MAC school.
In the meantime, it might be tough for him to get to 2,000 yards rushing in the regular season but I would guess that he'll get close to that mark.
*I got to watch a blowout of different proportions in week 6, one that featured two teams familiar with each other and that have been among central Ohio's top programs the last few years.
What Pickerington North did to Pickerington Central in a 49-14 victory was impressive to say the least.
The thing that stands out to me about North is how poised senior quarterback Zeph Miller looks.
Last season, the Panthers had a pretty good prep quarterback in Mason Olszewski, but Miller was progressing so much that he forced his way onto the field. Even in some big games, North brought Miller in as a change of pace because of his athleticism.
This season, Miller is wowing with his arm and his feet.
He was successful on several long passing plays in the first half and also rushed for three touchdowns.
Miller would seem to be in a battle with Westerville Central's Jared Drake, Marysville's Matt Mulholland and maybe a couple others for all-district honors at quarterback.
You can check out Miller's profile on ScoutingOhio.com here.
*Speaking of Mulholland, who could have predicted that he would be 119-for-201 passing for 1,412 yards and that his team would be 5-1 through six games?
Mulholland was the Monarchs' punter and backup quarterback last year but has blossomed under second-year coach Morgan Cotter.
It would be one of the feel-good stories of the year if Marysville makes the playoffs.