Alabama commitment Derrick Henry was off Friday night, as Yulee (Fla.) High had a bye week as he chases the national career rushing yards record. Henry needs 512 yards to take over as the country’s top all-time rusher.
Yulee (6-3) will complete its regular season Friday at Hamilton County. After that, Yulee will participate in the Class 4A state playoffs in Florida’s eight-classification system.
Henry, who is 6-foot-3 and 240 pounds, has 2,855 yards this season in nine games. Different people are giving different figures, but we’ve tried to go with figures published by the Florida Times-Union, which is based in Jacksonville, Fla., and is Yulee’s hometown newspaper.
Rival Kevin Taylor of Glades Day High of Belle Glade, Fla., had 201 yards Monday night in his most recent game. Glades Day also was off this week but will play again Friday night at home against South Fork.
The all-time list
1, Ken Hall, Sugar Land (Texas), 1950-53, 11,232
2, Mike Hart, Onondaga (Nedrow, N.Y.), 2000-03, 11,045
3, Kevin Parks Jr., West Roan (Mt. Ulla, N.C.), 2006-09, 10,895
4, Johnathan Gray, Aledo (Texas), 2008-11, 10,889
5, Derrick Henry, Yulee (Fla.), 2009-12, 10,721
6, Traylon Shead, Cayuga (Texas), 2006-09, 10,298
7, Toney Baker, Ragsdale (Jamestown, N.C.), 2001-04, 10,241
8, Kevin Taylor, Glades Day (Belle Glade, Fla.), 2009-12, 9,874
9, Terrance Wilkes, Wadley (Ala.), 2003-06, 9,668
10, Toby Gerhart, Norco (Calif.), 2002-05, 9,662
The national record book counts only the ninth through 12th grades, so Taylor has more overall yards than Henry because he played varsity as an eighth grader. Taylor has 11,418, including his eighth-grade numbers.
Some other bits and pieces about Tide recruits:
–Offensive tackle Leon Brown has helped Asa Community College of Brooklyn, N.Y., post an 8-0 record. The Avengers have scored at least 61 points in five games. They were to play Saturday at Louisburg (N.C.), but the game was canceled because of the effects of Hurricane Sandy. They’ll complete their regular season at home Nov. 10 against Nassau Community College.
–Fultondale beat Parrish as athlete Ardarius Stewart had 123 rushing yards on 12 carries with three touchdowns. He also completed 4 of 6 passes for 144 yards and a touchdown. The previous week, he rushed for five touchdowns and returned a kickoff 80 yards for a sixth. For his career, he has 128 touchdowns. According to AHSAA.com, that would rank third in the state’s history, behind Wilkes (160) and Alexandria’s Mac Campbell (153 in 1993-97).
–Altee Tenpenny had 160 rushing yards on 20 carries with a touchdown as North Little Rock beat Little Rock Central 42-14 on Thursday night. For entertainment value, here is a short video of an incomplete pass in the end zone that was ruled a touchdown for Little Rock Central — and we’re not talking about a pass that was bobbled slightly or caught just barely out of bounds. This officiating call is just plain bad.