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Jucqui Taylor is the leader among the receivers on the Uniontown football team. Evan R. Sanders/Daily Courier

Uniontown roster

No. Name Pos. Height/Weight Class

1 Lyric Caleb WR/DB 5-10/165 So.

2 Jesse Petronie QB/DB 5-11/155 So.

3 Dylin Durst RB/LB 5-8/155 So.

4 Tito Cantalamessa WR/DB 5-10/145 Jr.

5 Josh Hart RB/DB 5-6/160 Jr.

7 Xavier Ellis QB/DB 6-0/160 Jr.

8 Zayed Ennab RB/DB 5-9/150 Fr.

9 Flyzell Williams RB/LB/K 5-8/185 Sr.

10 Jordan Pratt WR/DB 6-0/160 Jr.

11 Ryan Stephans TE/DL 6-4/230 Sr.

12 Jucqui Taylor WR/DB 6-0/160 Jr.

13 Giona Dimarco TE/LB 5-10/190 Sr.

14 Tyrek Lendell WR/DB 5-5/125 Fr.

15 Isaiah Spencer RB/DB 5-10/175 Sr.

16 Evan Rohaley WR/DB 5-11/140 Sr.

17 Zack Helisek WR/DB 5-8/135 So.

18 Kris Eilam WR/ DB 6-0/170 Sr.

19 Ariene Washington QB/LB 6-0 180 Fr.

21 Miles Jackson RB/LB 5-8/160 Sr.

22 Jeff Schambach RB/DL 5-6/190 Sr.

23 Todd Morrison RB/LB 5-9/195 Jr.

24 Bru Martin WR/DB 6-2/160 Jr.

25 Joe Linderman RB/LB 5-8/180 Sr.

26 Ben Wilson WR/DB 5-9/120 Fr.

28 Doug Lewis RB/LB 6-0/195 Jr.

30 Zack Stashick QB/LB 5-10/155 Jr.

33 Cody Yankulic RB/LB 5-8/150 So.

35 Eric Wilson TE/LB 5-7/200 Sr.

36 Aesa Morgan RB/LB 5-9/195 Sr.

40 Pex Thomas RB/LB 5-10/175 Jr.

42 Amar Chisler RB/DB 5-7/165 Fr.

44 Tristan Sandrosky RB/LB 5-9/195 Jr.

50 Austin Williams OL/DL 6-0/255 So.

52 Jake Gatts OL/DL 6-0/245 Sr.

54 Jon Clark OL/LB 5-8/185 So.

56 D.J. Stash OL/DL 6-0/210 Sr.

59 Donovan Simon OL/DL 6-0/245 So.

60 Jonathan Thorpe OL/DL 5-3/160 Fr.

62 Darren Osborne OL/LB 5-10/175 So.

63 Jason Mills OL/DL 5-8/170 Fr.

64 Zack Settles OL/DL 6-2/310 Sr.

66 Joe Burke OL/DL 5-10/280 So.

67 Rodney Harris OL/DL 6-1/250 So.

68 Randy Eicher OL/DL 5-9/180 Jr.

70 Jeremy Perkins OL/DL 6-2/200 So.

72 Nathan Giannopoulos OL/DL 5-9/270 Fr.

73 Darius Pratt OL/DL 6-0/255 So.

74 Robert Rider OL/DL 5-8/240 Fr.

76 Lucas Stinger OL/DL 5-9/200 So.

78 Garrett Fox OL/DL 6-2/215 Jr.

80 Raekwon Saunders WR/DB 5-11/140 Jr.

81 Justin Wingfield TE/DL 6-2/270 Fr.

83 Jon Hager TE/DL 6-0/200 Sr.

88 Nathan Guerriere TE/LB 6-1 /195 So.

89 Mark Fike TE/DL 6-2/210 Fr.

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By Dave Stofcheck
Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012

Like most wide receivers, Jucqui Taylor wants the ball thrown his way — preferably often.

But Taylor accepts everything else that comes with the position, and because of that, he has become one of the leaders on Uniontown's football team.

The 5-foot-10, 170-pound senior has shown he can not only make the big catch, but that he can also come up with a big block when needed.

“It takes sacrifice,” Taylor said. “At the end of the day, you want the ball and you want to catch it as many times during the game that you can. But you have to have a selflessness to better the team.”

Taylor is the elder statesman of a group of receivers that includes Bru Martin, Jordan Pratt, Tito Cantalamessa and Lyric Ellis.

Uniontown coach John Fortugna said Taylor has been a work in progress, and that he's finally at a point where he can step up to be a team leader.

“Jucqui has really good hands, and he's very skillful,” Fortugna said. “There's not a lot of seniors on the team, and all of the other receivers are juniors. Jucqui's a great blocker and he has a great work ethic. Jucqui's fast and he works hard. He wants to get better every day.”

At cornerback, Taylor plays with the same tenaciousness that he does at wideout.

And yes, he likes to play rough.

“He's a good one back there,” Fortugna said. “He'll come up and hit you. Every one of our defensive backs will hit you. They're not big, but they hit.”

Fortugna said he has watched Taylor grow into a leader over the course of the past two seasons.

The longtime Uniontown coach hopes his other players have been watching as well.

The Red Raiders will field a young, mostly inexperienced team, and someone willing to step up and lead will be invaluable.

“The other seniors we have — the ones who didn't start in the past but who have played a little — are going to watch Jucqui and step up their game because of him,” Fortugna said. “He's vocal and he does it by example. I think he had it in him to be a leader when he was a junior and a sophomore, but you don't see it as much when they're younger.”

Taylor still wants his number called often. He still dreams of catching that game-winning touchdown pass.

But he has embraced the idea that he can help Uniontown win football games in other ways.

“I'm giving 100 percent and going hard 24/7,” Taylor said. “I think that everyone else around me will go just as hard. I'm looking to be a leader. I know it's my senior year, and I want to pass some things on to the younger players.”

Dave Stofcheck is a freelance writer for Trib Total Media.

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