After combining for 790 yards and nine touchdowns passing in the first three games of the season for Taylorsville High School, junior quarterback Tucker Boykin took things up a notch on Thursday against Raleigh. Boykin complete 74 percent of his passes for 517 yards and nine touchdowns in the Tartars 62-56 win over Raleigh in week four.
After the big win, Boykin had thrown so many touchdown passes that Taylorsville coaches lost count. "We kind of looked back and thought how many did he have? How many did he throw for? And somebody said nine, so we had to go back and watch the film to make sure we were right. But he did a good job of executing the offense and receivers made plays for him and the line blocked well in pass protection for him keeping him clean most of the night and executed well," said Taylorsville head coach Matt Caldwell.
Boykin's nine touchdown tosses on the night came up just one shy of the state record of ten touchdown passes in one game. Monday the junior said it was a fun game to have, especially against a rival. "It was pretty fun actually and what made it even better was doing it against a county rival. That's what made it worth the while. It's a great accomplishment being able to come out here and say that I did all this at Taylorsville High School. That's a pretty great accomplishment."
Five of Boykin's touchdown passes against Raleigh were caught by the lone senior on Taylorsville's offense, wide receiver Devin Ducksworth, and Ducksworth says the two have built up a chemistry together over the years. "We grew up doing that from freshman year so it's been good he knows what I want and I know what he expects. It's been good." Ducksworth has 735 receiving yards for 13 touchdowns in just four games so far this season.
Next up for Taylorsville is a tough matchup against defending 3A state champion Collins at home on Friday.