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Inland stars shine bright in Pac-12 Conference football games

By in Press Enterprise on October 29, 2017

By Eric-Paul Johnson

Inland football fans tuning in to watch Pac-12 Conference football games Saturday afternoon and evening probably recognized familiar faces having big games and making dazzling plays.

J.J. Taylor, a redshirt freshman out of Centennial, rushed for a season-high 152 yards and scored a pair of touchdowns in Arizona’s 58-37 victory over No. 15-ranked Washington State. Taylor, who was ejected from the previous week’s game against Cal for targeting, was quiet in the first half (minus-1 yards), but he went 62 yards on his first carry of second half.

JJ Taylor doing JJ Taylor things… #Pac12AfterDrunk

— Christopher Boan (@cgboan) October 29, 2017

That was the longest run of Taylor’s career … or at least, it was until he broke free for a 79-yard touchdown run later in the third quarter to help give the Wildcats a 37-27 lead.

JJ Taylor was just gone. Taylor x2 TD. So many weapons#AZ Up 37-27

— AZ Wildcat Country (@Wildcat_Country) October 29, 2017

Taylor wasn’t the only Inland alum making big plays on offense for Arizona. Jamie Nunley, a redshirt freshman out of Vista Murrieta, had a 48-yard touchdown catch in the first quarter and added a 68-yard reception later in the game to finish up with a career-best 116 yards.

Jamie Nunley takes it to the HOUSE for @ArizonaFball! 🐻⬇️


— Pac-12 Network (@Pac12Network) October 29, 2017

Lucas Havrisik, a true freshman out of Norco, is Arizona’s kickoff specialist this season, but he drilled a 57-yard field goal at the end of the first half. Havrisik’s kick tied the school record jointly held by Lee Pistor (1977), Max Zendejas (1985) and Jon Prasuhn (1995).

VIDEO: Lucas Havrisik absolutely drills a 57 yard FG to end the half. Would […]    

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