DEL CITY — Stanvon Taylor did just about everything he could for Tulsa East Central on Friday night against Del City.
Taylor, the Oklahoma commit who's the No. 2 player on The Oklahoman's Super 30 list of the state's top football recruits, helped the Cardinals with his hands, his arm and his feet as East Central beat Del City 53-31 at Robert Kalsu Stadium.
Taylor had 183 yards and two touchdowns receiving, threw for another score and had four punts, including a 65-yarder as East Central came out with the win.
“I'm glad to have him on my side, I'll tell you that,” East Central coach Bobby Klinck said. “He's a heck of a young man who had a heck of a game.”
Taylor said East Central wore down as the game went on, allowing Del City to drive on them late.
“It was just exhaustion in the second half,” Taylor said. “That's something that's going to get better each week.”
Taylor also helped East Central slow down Del City receiver Corey Lawrence, although Lawrence did have a couple of long touchdown catches.
Lawrence finished with 143 yards on four catches.
“They did a lot of things differently than what they showed on film,” Klinck said. “They made some adjustments, but we came back and answered.”
But Del City clearly showed it was a better team than last year's edition, when it went 1-9 in Class 6A.
The Eagles got a 212-yard, three-touchdown rushing performance from Anthony Mason and did a solid job defensively against East Central's run, holding the Cardinals to less than 60 yards on the ground.
East Central jumped to a quick 12-0 lead on touchdown passes to Deontre Youngblood and Taylor on its first two drives before Del City answered with Lawrence's 77-yard score.
But the Cardinals came right back with a seven-play, 74-yard drive that ended in Taylor's 18-yard touchdown pass to Youngblood.
“I'm the backup quarterback, so that's something we've been working on,” Taylor said. “They'll bite on the jet play, and that leaves him open in the end zone.”
East Central led 34-6 at halftime.
“The first half went as well as it could've gone,” Klinck said.
For Del City, the road doesn't get any easier as the Eagles play a pair of tough Class 6A opponents to close non-district play, at Norman North next Friday and at Midwest City on Sept. 14.