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Maiden running back Ricky Taylor did a little bit of everything for his team on the gridiron Friday.
The senior running back scored three rushing touchdowns, caught another and also returned an interception for a score, helping the Blue Devils win their home opener 55-29 against West Iredell at Blue Devil Stadium.
â€śIn our last game, I played terrible,â€ť Taylor said. â€śThis is the first home game, and I came out with a lot of intensity and came ready to play. I want to thank my teammates for blocking for me. The interception I got was on a play we ran in practice. I jumped it when I saw it and took it to the house.â€ť
West Iredell coach Mike Natoli, a former Newton-Conover assistant coach, made his return to Catawba County in the contest.
â€śMe and my wife have three kids, and we have a lot of really close friends and a lot of family members in this area,â€ť Natoli said. â€śThis is where I started coaching. We just wanted to come back home. The good Lord has put me in a great spot. I love this school where Iâ€™m at. Itâ€™s exciting. I love waking up, going to work every day and coaching in games like this against good programs like Maiden.â€ť
Following up his 295-yard, five-touchdown performance against Foard in week one, Maiden quarterback Jake McRee 256 yards and two touchdowns.
â€śOn the first drive, we established our run game, which we didnâ€™t do last week," McRee said. "Having a two-dimensional game helped us out a lot because we were able to move the ball more fluidly and score more often.â€ť
Maiden defender Dalias Woods returned a fumble 56 yards for a touchdown in the contest.
T.J. Vick also scored a rushing touchdown in the game for the Blue Devils, while wideout Kyle Kelly caught one of McReeâ€™s touchdown passes.
The Blue Devils are off next week before taking on St. Stephens (0-2).View more articles in: