Taylor garners Old Dominion Athletic Conference honors


FOREST, Va. – Summerville native Hunter Taylor was recently honored by the Old Dominion Athletic Conference.

The Emory and Henry College junior quarterback’s performance against Washington and Lee University Oct. 19 led to him being named the conference’s Offensive Player of the Week for the fourth time of his college career.

Taylor, a former Stratford High School QB, threw for four touchdowns on 30-for-47 passing and 368 yards as the Wasps earned a thrilling 48-42 come-from-behind victory over Washington and Lee University. The Wasps rallied from deficits of 28-7 and 42-28 in the victory as all four of Taylor’s touchdowns came after the intermission.

In the third, he linked up with senior wide receiver Derrick Yates (Abingdon, Va.) for two scores and hit sophomore Jeff Wallace (Abingdon, Va.) from four yards out with 1:40 to play to tie the game at 42.

With just two seconds remaining and the ball on the opponents’ 39-yard line, Emory and Henry went for and achieved college football glory. Taylor found junior wideout Max Yates (Abingdon, Va.) on the front edge of the end zone for the game-winning touchdown and celebration that followed.

Wasps’ sophomore linebacker Ivan Phillips (Kingsport, Tenn.) was named the conference’s Defensive Player of the Week.

During his first seven games of this season, Taylor passed for 1,717 yards and 19 touchdowns. As a sophomore, he started eight games and threw for 1,942 yards and 21 touchdowns while rushing for 405 yards and eight TDs. That season, he had five games in which he threw for more than 250 yards.