Explosive Taylor enjoys four-TD day in Coyotes debut

A former H-DNL quarterback enjoyed a debut he won’t easily forget over the weekend.

After transferring from Feather River to Kansas Wesleyan, Fortuna’s Daeden Taylor had over 200 yards of offense and accounted for four TDs to help lead his new team to a 31-3 win over Bethany.

The 2020 Fortuna graduate was a back-up last year on the conference winning Feather River team before taking his talents to the NAIA level, and he was named the Coyotes’ starter for the week two matchup.

And what a debut it was.

Taylor ran for 171 yards and three touchdowns on 15 carries and also completed 4 of 9 passes for 60 yards and another TD.

And he earned the respect of his teammates and coaches with the breakout performance.

“Daeden played well and the offensive line was awesome,” head coach Matt Myers told the school’s athletic website. “He doesn’t say much, he just plays hard. It couldn’t have happened to a more team-oriented guy.”

Taylor got the party started with a 76-yard TD run in the opening quarter and would add three fourth-quarter scores as the Coyotes pulled away late.

He scored on a seven-yard run early in the fourth to put his team up 17-3 and all but ended the game on a 66-yard touchdown run three minutes later.

Taylor would add a fourth TD on a five-yard pass in the final two minutes and he did not throw an interception while being sacked just once.

“I ran the ball well, not too bad. Really all the credit’s to the O-line up front,” Taylor said in the website’s game report. “Missed a few throws I wish I had back. I started throwing more comfortable in the second half.”

Kansas Wesleyan Athletics – Taylor

The former Fortuna Husky told the school website he was a little nervous before kickoff, but he clearly settled into the game quickly, breaking free for a 76-yard TD on the second offensive play of his Kansas Wesleyan career.

“I was a little nervous but ran the ball the first couple of plays and that helped get the jitters out,” he was quoted as saying in the story.

Taylor and the Coyotes play at Southwestern College on Saturday.

The Coyotes, who play in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference, are 1-1 on the season and are ranked No. 20 in the nation among NAIA teams.

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