SMU signee Taylor seizes spotlight

by Dan M | Posted on Friday, August 2nd, 2013

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By Bo Carter

FORT WORTH – Don’t laugh if SMU and Texas Tech recruiting coordinators and receivers coaches are telling their compadres they told them so after two sterling performances in the 79th annual THSCA All-Star Football Game last Tuesday night.

Mustangs signee Jabryce Taylor of Lufkin set the stage for the evening with a game-high 10 catches for 226 yards while Texas Tech newcomer Dylan Cantrell of Whitehouse was just a notch back with nine receptions for 183 yards. That pair accounted for five TD receptions – three by Taylor.

The North team headed by Stephenville mentor Joseph Gillespie outpointed coach Hank Carter’s (Lake Travis) South squad 39-29 in a shootout characterized by 48 first downs, 1,001 yards of combined total offense and 751 aerial yards on 50 total completions.

Iowa signee and Corsicana Mildred HS standout Nic Shimonek was 8-of-9 passing for 172 yards and also rushed for one TD as the North overcame a 14-12 halftime deficit to win at Amon Carter Stadium on the TCU campus.

Taylor’s 226 receiving yards also eclipsed the previous THSCA mark of 177 reception yards by Texas A&M signee Percy Waddle in the 1986 all-star fracas.
Cantrell even punted five times for a 38.8 average as the two all-purpose players demonstrated their talents against some of the top talent in the Lone Star State.
Shimonek’s TD jaunt from nine yards out was the decisive slow for the North with 2:12 left in the contest and the Yanks clinging to a 32-29 advantage.

South quarterback Jake Hubenak of Georgetown and headed to 2013 Big 12 Conference preseason favorite Oklahoma State was the top thrower on both sides with a 19-of-27 passing night for 294 yards and two TDs.

Yoakum’s Keith Ratley, who had TD receptions of 45 and 33 yards for the South while San Antonio’s Trevecia Johnson (Cisco College) led all rushers with 82 yards on 17 attempts.

Ironically, barring redshirt seasons, Taylor and Cantrell will be lined up on opposite sides when the Mustangs host Texas Tech Friday, Aug. 30, in a national telecast at Ford Stadium with 7 p.m. airtime in Dallas.

It will seem like old THSCA All-Star and Southwest Conference memories when these talented lads make their anticipated college debuts.

(Photo: SMU signee Jabryce Taylor of Lufkin looks to turn the corner during the Texas High School Coaches Association All-Star Game. Photo via Fort Worth Star-Telegram.)

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