A guest arrives for the coin toss 2012.10.17

Written by David Green.

coin toss.1As surprises go, it couldn’t have worked  out any better.

Morenci football co-captain Kendrick Taylor had no idea his older brother, Josh, would be home for the weekend. As Kendrick walked to the middle of the football field Friday night for the pre-game coin toss, he certainly had no idea Josh would be tossing the coin.

Josh was on the other side of the field and walked out of sight behind the Whiteford captains, hidden from his brother.

When the announcer told the crowd that Josh Taylor would toss the coin, Kendrick looked up and there stood his brother. It was a tearful moment for Kendrick and he gave his mother, Robyn, a hard time later for making him look like a baby on the field. She couldn’t help it. Josh’s arrival was a surprise for the entire family.

Josh serves in the U.S Army and is stationed at Ft. Bliss, Texas. The four-year veteran works in the Aviation Battalion and repairs Black Hawk helicopters. He served a one-year tour in Afghanistan and is expected to return there in February 2013.

Josh is a 2003 Morenci graduate.

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