TriCounty "You will hear from Darrel Taylor some day, and it won't be about football, either," Richwoods coach Rod Butler said in describing the 1990 Peoria Area Player of the Year.
Above the awards, statistics and records the Knights fullback amassed in three seasons, two stand out: Of the 39 varsity games in which the 5-foot-6 fullback carried the football, Richwoods won 37.
The player Butler liked to refer to simply as "a winner" is also the all-time rushing leader in the 32-year history of the Mid-State 9 Conference.
Taylor's career M-S 9 records are 776 carries, 4,664 yards and 58 touchdowns.
He was the first sophomore ever to start at fullback at a school that featured the position in a record eight-year reign as M-S 9 champion while winning 68 of its last 69 regular-season games.
During Taylor's tenure, the Knights won the 1988 Class 5-A state championship and fashioned a 10-2 record in the three playoff appearances.
"You will hear from Darrel Taylor some day, and it won't be about football, either," Richwoods coach Rod Butler said in describing the 1990 Peoria Area Player of the Year.
This East Peoria native and Spalding ('82) graduate took the Irish to the 1982 state finals before obtaining an industrial engineering degree from Northwestern where he was an All-Big Ten catcher in 1985 and 1986. Drafted in the 5th round MLB draft by the Chicago Cubs, Joe turned a successful major league playing career into a managerial career, first as bench coach of the New York Yankees, and recently as manager of the Florida MarIin.