Athlete of the week: Robert Taylor


courtesy of Katie Seifert

Ethan Cost, sports writer

Last week’s 56-3 win over Northwest, Friday, Oct. 24, was a blowout from the get-go, Matt Irvin, head varsity coach, said. The whole team had a solid performance, but Irvin said he thought it was highlighted by offensive lineman Robert Taylor, senior. Taylor “dominated” and was “mistake-free”, according to Irvin, and he was also praised for his work on defense.

“He’s been [the] leader of his group, which is the offensive line,” Irvin said. “He is a leader of our offense and a leader of our team.”

The players Taylor guarded did not have a single tackle and he accumulated several pancake blocks, while also holding his own on the defense. He was the best offensive lineman on the team at times last year, and he continues to be very productive this season.

“I’m hard-working, I’m always trying to give it my all,” Taylor said. “Just trying to do what I can do to help the team.”

Taylor possesses traits few other players do, according to Irvin. What sets him apart even further is that he continues to demonstrate them day-in and day-out.

“Physical, relentless, consistent,” Irvin said. “That’s one of the best things you can say about an athlete; lots of guys can have a good practice or a good game or a good play. He’s had a good career.”

Robert Taylor was working more behind-the-scenes rather than in the spotlight last Friday night. Even so, his contributions stood out most to Irvin in a victory that kept the Pioneers alive in the playoffs and one the team and Taylor appreciated greatly.

“I don’t like to lose,” Taylor said.