Police: Preps player had knife in waistband during game

A football player in Central Florida has been arrested and charged after police say he had a small knife in his waistband during a football game Friday night.

Trevante Taylor, 18, a senior who plays running back and linebacker for Lake Weir, was arrested after a student saw the knife and told the school’s principal about it, according to a police report obtained by FOX Sports Florida.

Taylor is accused of playing the first half with the knife in his waistband.

Authorities say a deputy from the Marion County Sheriff’s Department was alerted by the principal at halftime, and the deputy approached Taylor. According to the report, Taylor denied that he had a knife. The deputy claims he noticed something sticking out of Taylor’s waistband, patted the area and then took the knife.

Taylor claimed he had forgotten to leave the knife in his truck, police say. According to authorities, when pressed by the deputy why he did not put the knife in his football locker or leave it with his regular clothes, Taylor didn’t answer.

“This young man made a terrible mistake,” Lake Weir principal Wayne Livingston told the Ocala Star-Banner. “It was a bad decision on his part. There was absolutely no rhyme or reason for it.”

Taylor was charged with possession of a weapon on school property. He was released after posting a $2,000 bond, the Star-Banner said.

Lake Weir is about 75 miles northwest of Orlando.