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Tornado Receiver Justin Wright Honored by City for State Record-Breaking Performance


A Taylorville High School athlete was recognized for his state record-breaking performance at Monday night’s city council meeting.


Tornado wide receiver Justin Wright was honored for his performance in the football game vs. Effingham on September 1. Wright had 390 yards receiving in the game, which is the most ever in a game by an Illinois high school football player, and 12th all-time nationally. Taylorville quarterback Brandon Odom threw for 513 yards in the game, with more than 3/4 of those yards to Wright. Mayor Bruce Barry honored Wright as this month’s Youth of the Month in the city of Taylorville.


Ward One Alderman Larry Budd praised the team for their performance so far this season, although he jokingly says the team has one flaw.



The Taylorville Tornadoes football team is 3-1 on the season. They face the Lincoln Railsplitters Friday night at home. Kickoff is at 7 p.m., and you can hear the game on Newstalk WTIM.


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