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.
1984 Elmwood Cross Country Team
Left to right: Coach Tom Meyers, Bill Troutt, Mike Heffron, Curt Smith, Joe Harkness, Jeff Kalteux, Stan Johnson, Brian Opper, Tony McCoy, Brent Simpson. Not pictured: Assistant Coach Greg Silzer.
The 1984 Elmwood Cross Country team accomplished what no other Elmwood team has; they completed their season undefeated. The schedule included three large "AA" invitation wins, against most of the "AA" powerhouses from Central Illinois and several Chicago area "AA" schools. The ’84 team finished their record-setting season by winning the state meet over runner-up Rushville 68-149. Elmwood placed five runners in front of Rushville’s #1 to complete the 81 point win. The Elmwood runners were: Sr. Mike Heffron, 11th in 15:14; Sr. Joe Harkness, 19th in 15:24; Sr. Jeff Kalteux, 24th in 15:32; Sr. Brian Opper, 27th in 15:37; Sr. Curt Smith, 28th in 15:38, So. Tony McCoy, 50th in 16:01, and So. Brent Simpson, 78th in 16:15.