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High School Running Back Derrick Henry Sets High School Career Rushing Record


We’re a little late on the this one, but better late than never. Last week Derrick Henry, a running back from Yulee High School in Florida, ran for 482 yards in a game, giving him 11,612 rushing yards in his high school career, the most any high school running back has ever had. From the Florida Times-Union:

On a cold, blustery, record-breaking Friday night, Derrick Henry smashed a 59-year-old rushing mark in the second quarter and then kept the legend — and the season — going as Yulee fended off Taylor County 41-26 in a Region 1-4A semifinal game. Henry was more content to talk about the victory, which means the Hornets (8-3) will host a region final next Friday. But there was no mistaking what had people talking from Yulee to California — Henry’s record-breaking rushing performance, which supplanted the “Sugar Land Express” Ken Hall from the top of the charts. Hall had 11,232 yards for Sugar Land from 1950-53. Henry now has 11,612 after a whopping 58 carries, 482 yards and all six Hornets touchdowns. “Couldn’t have been a better night,” Henry said. “It’ll probably be emotional when I get home, step back and realize what I just did.” The run that will go down in history came two plays into the second quarter when Henry took a handoff from his own 48, shrugged off a couple Bulldogs and went like a bullet through the Taylor defense. The school arranged fireworks to go off following Henry’s record-breaking run.