By Terry Boehmker
NKyTribune sports reporter
Holmes junior slot back Tayquan Calloway joined the list of the state’s leading scorers in football last week when he got five touchdowns and a two-point conversion in his team’s 58-6 win over Owen County.
That scoring spree raised Calloway’s season total to 54 points, which is tied for ninth in the state based on statistics reported to the khsaa.org website.
Scoring five touchdowns in one game is not too uncommon in high school football, but Calloway did it in unique fashion. After getting his first two touchdowns on breakaway runs, he got one on an interception return, one on a pass reception and the last one on a kickoff return.
“In all my years, I’ve never seen anything like it,” said Holmes coach Ben Nevels. “A few weeks ago, I sent Tay an article from when I was in high school about a game I scored four touchdowns in. Mind you, that was in double overtime. He’s been saying ever since he was going to top me. He did a pretty good job of it Friday.”
Calloway picked up most of his 144 rushing yards on scoring runs of 50 and 66 yards. After returning an interception 47 yards for his third touchdown, he caught a 29-yard scoring pass from his twin brother, Quantez, and then ran in the two-point conversion.
This is the second year that the Calloway brothers have been playing varsity football together, but that was the first time they hooked up on a scoring pass.
Coach Nevels started using reserve players in the second quarter, but he let Tayquan return a kickoff and he took it 83 yards into the end zone. That gave him a net total of 273 yards on just his five scoring plays.
The win lifted Holmes’ record to 2-1. In those first three games, Tayquan rushed for 418 yards on 26 carries for a 16.0 average. If the Bulldogs win Friday’s game at Louisville Holy Cross, they’ll be off to their best start since 2013.