Kelvin Byrd didn't erase memories of the great Taft High running backs of yesteryear Friday night at homecoming, but if the likes of Jerry Rosenberg, Spencer Horowitz, Stuart Lewis and Donald Dozier were in the stands, they had to be impressed with the latest Toreador sensation just the same.
Byrd, who rushed for 242 yards and 5 touchdowns a week ago, churned out 101 yards in 27 carries and scored 2 touchdowns to lead Taft to a 24-0 West Valley League victory over El Camino Real.
What better choice than El Camino Real, winner of just 2 games in 3 years, for a homecoming game.
"I don't care what anybody says, I think El Camino is the best defensive team we've seen," Taft Coach Tom Stevenson said. "They just shut down our inside game."
But Taft (4-3, 3-2) shut down El Camino Real (2-5, 1-4) everywhere else, holding the Conquistadores to 77 yards--10 in the second half.