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Class 3A football: Jones' Taylor Bilyeu still making up for lost time

Two years ago, Jones linebacker Taylor Bilyeu was crushed when a broken ankle cut his season short. Bilyeu is still, two years later, trying to make up for missing those games.
by Ryan Aber Published: November 30, 2012
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photo - Taylor Bilyeu of Jones tries to recover after a fumble as Blake Barnes of Oklahoma Christian School (OCS) brings him down during a high school football game in Edmond, Friday, September 14, 2012. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Taylor Bilyeu of Jones tries to recover after a fumble as Blake Barnes of Oklahoma Christian School (OCS) brings him down during a high school football game in Edmond, Friday, September 14, 2012. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

“A kid like him being able to go out there and really pound the football for you, gives you another dimension,” Martin said. “They start to try to drop too many and things like that and Taylor's going to hurt them.”

And lately, Taylor has benefitted from Cornwell's chemistry with his receivers, most notably Randall Case.

Bilyeu is confident Jones' improvements will lead to a different outcome from the first time the Longhorns met Blanchard earlier in the season. Blanchard won that game 28-25.

“The biggest thing in that game was the turnovers,” he said. “If we keep those down and play the way we've been coached, we'll be fine.”

It will be the second rematch for Jones this season.

The Longhorns fell to Perkins in the season opener, 18-15, but blew out the Demons 48-12 in the opening round of the playoffs.

“We learned a lot from that,” Bilyeu said. “We learned tendencies and little flaws that we can pick up on easier the second time.

“It's the same way this week.”

by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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