Glades Day 34, Jupiter Christian 28 (OT): Kelvin Taylor rushes for 283 yards, 4 TDs
Saturday, September 24, 2011
by Matt Porter
Steven Williams pulls in a pass in the corner of the end zone in overtime to give Glades Day what turned into the game-winning touchdown. (Photo by Thomas Cordy /The Palm Beach Post)
PALM BEACH GARDENS -- As expected, it was as good a game as there will be all season. Plenty of points went up on the board.
As expected, it came down to who had the ball last.
Unexpectedly, it was the turf.
In the latest chapter of one of the best rivalries around, Glades Day beat Jupiter Christian 34-28 in overtime at Dwyer High School thanks to another jaw-dropping performance from junior Kelvin Taylor, who carried 40 times for 283 yards and four touchdowns.
However, it wasn't Taylor who had the final word.
Given the ball at the 10 to open the extra session, the Gators won the critical District 7-2A game on an 8-yard fade pass from senior quarterback John Barr to senior Steven Williams in the corner of the end zone. With an injury to their regular kicker, they went for two and failed.
With their chance to pull even, Jupiter Christian ran one play and fumbled. Glades Day sophomore Damien Lincoln recovered. Game over.
"I don't know that there's a better rivalry," Gators coach Pete Walker said. "We know it's a war every time we play. I'm sure we're gonna see them again."
That could be in the playoffs, where Glades Day has won the last two regional final games against Jupiter Christian on their way to a pair of state championships. Jupiter Christian won the two previous regular-season meetings.
"I told my kids, last two years, we got the jump up in this game, and they were the state champions. We'll come back strong," Eagles coach Bill Powers said.
Glades Day (2-2, 1-0) has the upper hand in District 7-2A, while Jupiter Christian (3-1, 0-1) has to get through a feisty Village Academy team to make sure they get to the postseason.
Like all great rivalries, the teams came in tossing plenty of smack talk at each other and left with renewed respect.
Showing no effects of the migranes that kept him out last week, Taylor was electric, breaking off touchdown runs of 40, 6, 21 and 60 yards. He answered Jupiter Christian's first three scores with TD runs and even announced "it's over" after putting Glades Day up 15-14 just before halftime.
Despite Taylor's proclamation, it was hardly over.
With 3:08 left in the third, Taylor took the first play from scrimmage 60 yards for a touchdown with a burst of speed that would stand out on any college football squad.
But Jupiter Christian senior quarterback Kedric Bostic answered. The Central Florida commit went 9-of-16 for 215 yards and two touchdown passes and carried 14 times for 132 yards and another score.
With 10:26 left in the game and the Eagles down 28-21, Bostic mimicked Taylor, taking the snap from his own 35 and racing 55 yards to the Gators' 10.
Four plays later, he sneaked in.
With the game tied at 28, the Gators couldn't capitalize on a 10-play drive that ended in a punt with 3:14 left. Bostic carried for 16 and 19 yards on a seven-play drive that stalled at the 14.
Eagles kicker Jon Dinzik, who made all three extra points, lined up for a 32-yard field goal with 3.2 seconds on the clock.
"We got blessed. Come on," Taylor said in disbelief. "That's a great field goal kicker."
With one set of downs in overtime, Taylor was stopped for a 2 -yard gain. Unexpectedly, Barr threw his fourth pass of the game. Williams, standing 6-foot-4 and change, hauled it in.
Moments later, it really was over. Afterward, when braggadocio had settled into humility, Taylor looked over at Jupiter Christian consoling one another and had another proclamation.
"I've got a lot of respect for that team," he said.