Imperial High running back Matt Taylor is a lot of things.
He's cocky, almost arrogant, confident, but above all, he's good.
He talks the talk and walks the walk, backing up his words.
After a 49-0 drubbing of Imperial by Santa Fe Christian two weeks ago, Taylor was talking as if his team had been on the winning end of the blowout. He talked about how well he felt Imperial would do when it started Desert Mountain League play against Calipatria.
Friday, just as the 17-year-old senior predicted, the Tigers ran roughshod over the Hornets, winning 28-14.
Taylor finished with 179 yards rushing and three touchdowns on runs of three, 17 and 30 yards.
"Personally, I felt that I would have a huge game. I missed the first four games and this was my first full game back," said Taylor, who missed the first four games because of grades. "So all throughout the week I was telling everyone at school about the Calipat game. I was talking (crap), saying that we were going to win and I was gonna go out and score two touchdowns. So what did I do? I ended up scoring three."