A simple eight-yard curl turned into a critical first down after yet another unfortunate cornerback was simply outwilled on the play. Trey Taulton shined brightest under the Friday night-lights, but he was so much more than just a football player, he was a teammate and a friend.
“He was a person who loved football,” Head Coach Mike Overton said. “And loved his teammates.”
Taulton had a love for the game, but he valued being part of the team and the camaraderie of sharing a common goal. He took the family values of football to heart as he made his way up and down the sideline keeping his team in the game no matter the score.
“He was a good teammate,” Overton said. “And that kind of defines him, in being a good teammate also means you’re a good friend.”
Taulton had a commitment not only to the game, but to those he played with. To him, his teammates with were more than just that, they were family.
“He treated me like a brother,” Junior Marvin Johnson said. “That’s why his [nick] name was Good Vibes.”
He tried to relate to everyone, and did the best he could to help out those who truly needed it. This is why he gained the unusual but very appropriate nickname Good Vibes. Taulton could often be found seeking out fellow teammates after a bad play to remind them that there was so much more football to be played.
“He would let you know things about his life,” Senior Chris Bacon said. “And he would teach you things. He was like a peer mentor.”
Taulton dreamed of getting a scholarship to his favorite school, Oklahoma State University. He could often be seen with hats and shirts bearing the infamous Pistol Pete. This drive to succeed in everything he did reflected in every game as he fought for every yard after every catch.
“He was a passionate person,” Overton said. “A person who loved football and loved his teammates.”
He was a tough, physical receiver on the field, but off the field his mentality was much different. Taulton was a mentor to many, and was even an aspiring musician. His music has recently been released on the popular streaming service SoundCloud.
“I would lay down beats and he would rap to them,” Johnson said. “He could rhyme words that you would never even think of, that just showed his vocabulary.”
Taulton made music every chance he got, choosing random teammates from the locker room and making their numbers into a new, unique rap. He did his best to make other know they belonged with him in whatever he was doing whether it was music or football.
“He was always somebody you could talk to,” Bacon said.
Taulton left a mark that extends far beyond his catches and receptions, no matter how great they were. He left advice, camaraderie and love that will not be soon forgotten. However, no one could ever reveal who Taulton was more than he did himself everytime that he read to his brothers before each game.
“The battles we go through in life, I ask for this chance in despair, a chance to equal our stripes, a chance to do it in dare, and if we win?
We win by the code with our faith and honor held high and if we lose? We lose on the road and cheer as the winners go by. Because day by day, we get better and better, because a team that can’t be beat, won’t be beat.”