STRATFORD – A second year starter for the Stratford football team, Taylor Krall has made quite an impact during the first two games.
Krall has rushed for 278 yards, 9.3 per carry, and has four touchdowns to his credit in wins over Mosinee and Colby so far this season. None of his TDs have been short punch it through the line scores, but rather long jaunts. His shortest scoring run is 15 yards and his long is 38.
“Taylor brings a quick burst of speed in the middle,” Tigers coach Jason Tubbs said. “He’s also a strong blocker when he doesn’t have the ball.
“He’s really committed himself to the weight room and has gotten stronger and he’s a leader to the young kids. Overall, he’s a good guy to have in our program and he has a bright future ahead of him whether it’s in football or not.”
You’ve beaten two good nonconference teams so far this season, what grade would you give your team? I have to give us an A. All that we’ve overcome with injuries and losing a talented senior class to play as well as we have and win was great. We don’t hang our heads no matter what happens.
Do you prefer offense or defense? I’d have to go with offense. Scoring a touchdown is a pretty good feeling, so is breaking tackles. It’s fun to celebrate with your teammates after scoring and thank the offensive line.
What’s a tougher sport to learn, football or wrestling? For me learning the technique in wrestling was harder for me because I didn’t start until seventh grade. I started playing football in third grade, so it’s been second nature for me.
What made you want to play football? I’ve just always loved it. As soon as I found out I could start in third grade, I was so excited. I like that it’s a team sport and that if you excel at your job you help the team be successful. It’s just a sport that I’ve always enjoyed.
What does it mean to you to be a varsity member of the Stratford program? It means a lot. Playing for our coaches who helped win those state titles is exciting. Playing for this program has pushed me to work hard to achieve success. It’s exciting to play for a program that has such a strong history in the sport.
Tell us something that people would be surprised to know about you: I’m quiet around new people. Once I get to know you, I’m pretty crazy.
What is your biggest fear? Losing a family member. That’s my biggest fear.
What are your plans for next year? I’m not sure if I’ll compete in any sports, but I’m looking at going to school at UW-Stout. I’m thinking of mechanical engineering. I’ve always liked building things. Building things that people can use in their every day lives would be rewarding.
Mark Massoglia can be reached at 715-423-7200, ext. 6736 or email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @markmazzy.
Sports: Football, wrestling, track
Family: Dad, Steve; mom, Krissie; sisters, Makayla, MaKenna
Favorite color: Orange
Favorite food: Chicken alfredo
Favorite TV show: “Criminal Minds”
Favorite movie: “The Other Guys”
Favorite athlete: Melvin Gordon
Favorite subject: Science
iPhone or Android: Android
Breakfast, lunch or dinner: Dinner
Spring, summer, fall or winter: Fall