Taylor is money for St. Joe Indians

Two weeks ago, Jordan Taylor rushed for 315 yards against Northwood.

It was a school record and led the St. Joe Indians to the 3A Sectional Championship.

Last week Taylor rushed for 235 yards against Andrean.

It wasn't a school record but led the Indians to the 3A Regional Championship.

So in two championship games in the last two weeks, Taylor has amassed 550 yards and 6 touchdowns.

No wonder St. Joe is playing for the Semi-State Friday night for the first time since the school won it all back in 1995.

In addition to the single-game rushing record, Taylor holds 8 other records for the Indians.

He's the career leader in rushing yards (4,151), touchdowns (43) and points (260).

He holds the single season record in each category as well with 2,278 yards rushing, 25 touchdowns and 260 points this season alone.

Taylor also has the most 100-yard rushing games in a career (21) and most 200-yard rushing games (4).

But Taylor doesn't worry about the record. In fact, he had no idea he had passed the 2,000 yard mark this season.

Taylor is focused on winning state, like his brother Will did as a member of the 1995 St. Joe team.

"He's got a state ring and the necklace and everything like that," Jordan said with a smile on his face. "He's always giving me a hard time."

"He's like 'If you don't get one in your 4 years...it's your last chance in your senior year so you better get one.'"

"That's the big goal," Taylor explained. "He lost his so I want to get that ring and wave it in his face a little bit."

And Taylor certainly makes waves on the field. He's dynamic, flashy and exciting.

It's why he earned the nickname JT Money while at Schmucker Middle School in the PHM School District.

Taylor was shocked to hear the name came with him to St. Joe. Apparently the student who came up with the name passed it along to someone at St. Joe.

Taylor's running mate says JT Money fits perfectly.

"Every time he gets the ball, the endzone is the dollars," junior fullback Dustin White said laughing. "He's there all the time. So---JT Money."

But all the flash and glamour stays on the field. Taylor acts like anything but a star off of it, according to White.

White says Taylor never talks about himself.

Their coach agrees.

"For as good as he is, he's a very humble young man," Indians coach Kevin Downey said.

"He's always been one to stay after and help younger guys--help out in any way that he can."

"I think him being a good person has a lot to do with the success that he's having," Downey said.

When the season ends, Taylor will turn his attention to next year.

"Hopefully the future holds D-1 football," Taylor explained.

"That's the ultimate goal. I want to go play professional football if i get the opportunity."

For now, Taylor is just thinking about Friday's Semi-State.

The Indians will host Fort Wayne Concordia at 7:30 Friday Night at School Field.

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