By Mark Schremmer
Globe Sports Writer
RIVERTON, Kan. —
Riverton football coach Derrick Rider is confident Sam Taylor will give it his all at the next level.
“Sam is one who plays at 100 mph,” Rider said. “There is no difference in how he competed in practice from how he competed in a game. So for him to raise up to that level, he was always very good about doing that on his own. His work ethic was always very strong. He worked hard in the weightroom and competed very hard in practice.”
Taylor (5-foot-11, 200 pounds) signed Wednesday at Riverton High School to continue his football career at Coffeyville Community College. The Red Ravens are looking at Taylor as a linebacker and possibly as a fullback.
“It’s where my major is,” said Taylor, who wants to study to be an electrical lineman. “Everything just fell into place.”
Taylor played all over the field during his four years for the Rams, lining up as a guard and tackle on the offensive line, at fullback, noseguard, defensive end and middle linebacker. As a senior, he earned first-team all-CNC honors on the defensive line and second-team honors on the offensive line. On defense, Taylor played at linebacker or defensive line depending on the scheme during his senior season.
“His skill set allows him to do some different things,” Rider said. “That kind of varied from year to year based on the team’s needs. That’s unique, because not everyone is able to do that. Him changing positions went a long way and was a big help to what the team needed to do.”
Taylor will be joining a Coffeyville program that finished 6-4 in 2012.
In other signings around southeast Kansas, Frontenac lineman Kylor McCartney (6-1, 220) is headed to Independence Community College and Girard running back Anthony Scholes (5-11, 185) will join the Fort Scott Community College program.
McCartney was a second-team all-CNC defensive lineman for the Raiders. Scholes, who will sign Friday at Girard High School, was a unanimous first-team all-CNC running back for the Trojans.
Chanute wide receiver Sebastian Fairchild (6-2, 200) will join Taylor at Coffeyville, and Chanute linebacker Cody Howell (6-2, 215) is going to Butler Community College.