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Oklahoma All-State Football 2018: Carl Albert's Dadrion Taylor became unstoppable in playoffs

Dadrion Taylor took the handoff from his own 25 moving to his left. He was looking for any kind of seam to get around the edge. There would be no stopping him if he found it.

And he did.

As Taylor hit the edge, he saw another seam to the middle of the field. Carl Albert's star senior running back cut to his right and turned up the speed leaving Ardmore's defenders behind.

Two plays into November's Class 5A state championship game, Taylor looked unstoppable.

“When he gets a step on you, you ain't going to catch him,” Carl Albert coach Mike Corley said. “Like those Ardmore kids, they've got some fast kids, but as soon as he made that bend back I knew nobody was going to catch him.”

For three years, Taylor was at his best in the playoffs. This season was on a different level.

Taylor scored 13 touchdowns in four postseason games while leading Carl Albert to a third straight Class 5A state title and second straight undefeated season, bringing his career postseason total to 24.

By the end of the season, Taylor, known as “Rabbit” by his peers, was firmly in the debate as the state's top running back. Now, he is The Oklahoman's All-State Offensive Player of the Year.

“I just felt like I had a point to prove,” Taylor said. “I'm not the biggest running back or the biggest player in the state, so with me I had to show I had a lot of heart. I had to prove a point and I wanted to be the first Carl Albert team to go back-to-back undefeated. I felt like we all had to make a point.”

Taylor, who is listed at 5 feet 10 and 175 pounds, battled through a knee injury that cost him four games early in the season but still posted nearly 1,400 yards and 24 TDs. He committed to Utah State following the season.

But he was even more impressive in the postseason.

For Taylor, the lights were brighter, almost like a source of energy.

“Those playoff games, he just took it to another level,” Corley said. “He's always been a good performer, but in those playoff games he took it to another level.”

As a sophomore, Taylor scored four TDs in the Titans' title run, but all came in the first three games. He suffered an ankle injury on his first carry of the title game and did not return.

As a junior, he scored seven TDs on an super-talented team.

This season, Taylor scored three in a win over El Reno. He followed with four against Claremore. Against Collinsville's stout defense, he scored all five TDs and rushed for 315 yards.

And in the title game against Ardmore, he scored on the 75-yard run and rushed for 128 yards.

The long run was ultimately a blur to Taylor. It was just another highlight in a long reel of them.

“When I get out there, I'm in another zone,” Taylor said. “After the game, I couldn't even tell you how I did it.”

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<p>Carl Albert running back Dadrion Taylor is The Oklahoman's All-State Offensive Player of the Year. [Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman]</p>

Carl Albert running back Dadrion Taylor is The Oklahoman's All-State Offensive Player of the Year. [Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman]

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