Ken Hall told The Florida Times-Union the player who breaks his 59-year-old high school career rushing record should cherish it.
Hall rushed for 11,232 yards for Sugar Land (Texas) High during 1950-53, and Yulee (Fla.) High’s Derrick Henry stands only 103 yards from breaking it. Yulee will face Taylor County on Friday night in the Florida Class 4A playoffs, and considering Henry has rushed for at least 100 yards in every game his sophomore, junior and senior seasons, it seems nearly certain he’ll break the mark in this game.
“People have asked what would be your feeling [if the record is broken],” Hall told the newspaper. “Well, we have had fun holding it. I sure hopes he has as much fun as we’ve had, whoever it is. I hope he feels some honor in it. It’s something to be very proud of. Cherish it, protect it, because he’ll be the one who has it.”
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Henry, an Alabama commitment who is 6-foot-3 and 240 pounds, has 3,266 yards this season in 10 games for Yulee (7-3).
Hall played three seasons at Texas A&M for Bear Bryant before embarking on a professional career in the Canadian Football League, the AFL and the NFL.
The all-time list
1, Ken Hall, Sugar Land (Texas), 1950-53, 11,232
2, Derrick Henry, Yulee (Fla.), 2009-12, 11,130
3, Mike Hart, Onondaga (Nedrow, N.Y.), 2000-03, 11,045
4, Kevin Parks Jr., West Roan (Mt. Ulla, N.C.), 2006-09, 10,895
5, Johnathan Gray, Aledo (Texas), 2008-11, 10,889
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, 10,115
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 11,659, including his eighth-grade numbers, entering tonight’s action.
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