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    Derrick Henry, Yulee

    The spectacular career of Derrick Henry has come to an end, but not without a couple more records falling by the wayside.

    Yulee (Yulee, Fla.) lost to Bolles 45-35 in the Florida 4A state semifinals Friday, but Henry still managed to put up some spectacular numbers. Unofficially he carried the ball 45 times for 316 yards and four touchdowns, including a 65-yarder late in the fourth quarter.

    Henry finishes the season with 464 carries for 4,260 yards and 55 touchdowns. All three marks are Florida state single-season records. The 464 carries ranks third all-time nationally, as does the yardage total. Henry breaks the Florida single season record of 4,087, held by Travis Henry of Frostproof.

    Henry also went over 100 yards rushing for the 47th straight game. Henry had long ago established the record for consecutive 100-yard games, but this one tied him for second all-time for total 100-yard performances. The record is 55 by Kevin Parks of West Rowan (Mount Ulla, N.C.).

    For career yardage, Henry finishes with 12,121, giving him the Florida state record in that category. Kelvin Taylor set the record of 12,019 yards last week, according to the Florida Sun Sentinel. Henry has 1,389 career carries, which is also a new national record. Parks held the previous mark of 1,370.

    Henry finished with 153 career touchdowns. The total ranks second all-time in Florida to Taylor, who ended his career with 192 touchdowns.
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    Derrick Henry breaks free for a record-setting run.

    Derrick Henry didn't just break Ken Hall's rushing record, he shattered it.

    Needing 102 yards to surpass the Texas legend, Henry exploded for 482 yards and six touchdowns in Yulee's playoff victory. He now has 11,613 career rushing yards with at least one game to play.

    The run that surpassed Hall was a 52-yard touchdown scamper. Check it out in the video below.

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  • We knew going into Friday night that star Yulee (Yulee, Fla.) running back Derrick Henry would get closer to Ken Hall's national career rushing record.

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    Derrick Henry, Yulee

    We didn't know he'd get this close.

    The massive 6-foot-4, 245-pound manchild toyed with Hamilton County (Jasper, Fla) rushing 21 times for 409 yards and six touchdowns in a 56-6 Yulee victory.

    Henry now has 11,131 career yards and just needs 102 to break the 58-year mark of legendary Ken Hall. Henry ran for 325 yards and five touchdowns in the first half alone, bringing him within 186 yards of the coveted national record.

    The Alabama-bound back expressed his gratitude towards his teammates and coaches when he spoke with MaxPreps about the record before Friday's game.

    "I'd be happy because it's something I can share with my coaches and teammates and give everybody something to remember," Henry told MaxPreps senior writer Dave Krider. "I've had a chance to put the town on the map."

    Henry will attempt to complete his assault on the national high school football record book at home in next week's playoff opener against Taylor County.
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    Kelvin Taylor had an extra year to compile his record-breaking yardage.

    Kelvin Taylor of Glades Day (Belle Glade, Fla.) ran for 201 yards on 17 carries in a 55-20 win over Summit Christian on Monday, making him the all-time national rushing leader - unofficially.

    Taylor finished the game with 11,418 yards, passing the all-time record of 11,232 yards held by Ken Hall of Sugarland, Texas. No high school running back had topped Hall's career mark in over 60 years.

    However, because Taylor ran for over 1,500 yards as an eighth grader on the varsity team at Glades Day, his record yardage total is not recognized by the National Federation of High Schools as a national record. It does count as a Florida state record, though.

    The contest was originally scheduled for last week, but Hurricane Sandy forced the postponement to Monday.

    Taylor could still potentially pass Hall on the official all-time list. Taylor has 9,874 yards in grades 9-12 and would need 1,358 in his remaining regular season game against South Fork on Nov. 9 and any subsequent playoff games. As a sophomore, Taylor ran for 1,194 yards in the postseason in leading Glades Day to the state championship game.

    If Taylor does manage to officially top Hall, he will likely be the second player to do it. Derrick Henry of Yulee (Fla.) is just 532 yards away with 10,700 career yards.

    Taylor is not the first with an unrecognized record. Take a look at the Top 10 unofficial national career high school records.
  • Not a good night for National Player of the Year favorite Derrick Henry on Friday.

    The 6-foot-3, 240-pound senior was sensational again, rushing for 242 yards and three touchdowns. But his Yulee (Fla.) squad fell to 6-3 on the season following a 42-22 defeat to host Trinity Christian (Jacksonville) (7-1).

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    Derrick Henry, Yulee

    It took Henry a season-high 45 carries to get past the 200-yard mark. His 5.38 yards per carry were a season low.

    He now has 10,690 career yards, which means he's 542 yards from catching the 59-year national mark of Ken Hall at 11,232.

    Henry, who ranks fifth on the national career list, now has a week off before Yulee closes the regular season at Hamilton County. It's doubtful the Alabama commit could pile up the record-breaking number then, but more likely in a home playoff game the following week.

    Henry could use the week off. He's carried the ball 298 times – 33 times per game – for 2,866 yards and 38 touchdowns this season.

    Lost somewhat in Henry's performance was the sensational outing of Florida commit Nick Washington who, according to Jacksonville News staff writer and MaxPreps correspondent Justin Barney, rushed just eight times for 215 yards and three touchdowns.

    Washington lined up at running back, quarterback and wide receiver.

    "You can see why he's a sought-after player," Yulee coach Bobby Ramsay told Barney. "He is very, very good on both sides of the ball. He's a big one, but they've got a lot of good players over there."
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    Derrick Henry, Yulee

    Derrick Henry of Yulee (Yulee, Fla.) went over 100 yards for the 41st consecutive time in his career and also eclipsed the 10,000-yard barrier in rushing for 196 yards Friday.

    Henry's performance, which included three touchdowns, wasn't enough to lift Yulee past First Coast, which won 37-23.

    Henry's three touchdowns give him 30 for the season. His 196 yards push him past 10,000 career yards, making him just the fifth running back in high school history to accomplish the feat.

    Henry has 10,003 yards in his career and is 1,229 yards away from catching all-time national record holder Ken Hall of Sugar Land (Texas), who finished his career with 11,232 yards.
  • Derrick Henry continued his record-breaking rampage on Friday night while sparking Yulee (Fla.) to a 35-0 football victory over Fernandina Beach (Fla.).

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    Derrick Henry, Yulee

    The powerful (6-3, 240) senior running back carried 15 times for 190 yards and three touchdowns. His effort enabled him to rush for at least 100 yards in 40 consecutive games - a national record - according to the Florida Times-Union. The previous mark of 39 was set last year by Rushel Shell of Hopewell (Aliquippa, Pa.).

    Henry, who has committed to the University of Alabama, already holds some state records and now is the No. 5 career rushing leader in national history with 9.807 yards.

    The previous two weeks Henry had rushed for 865 yards, including a state record 502 yards in a 45-28 win over Jackson. He backed that up with 363 yards in a win over Glades Day on national television. In those two games he scored six touchdowns each.

    Yulee coach Bobby Ramsay told the Times-Union, "Some guys may never run for 100 yards in a game. To do it every game of his career is incredible."

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  • Derrick Henry and Kelvin Taylor are set to square off tonight in a nationally-televised matchup between Yulee (Fla.) and Glades Day (Belle Glade, Fla.).

    Before you watch them go head-to-head, check them out side-by-side, in this video comparison of the top two rushers in the history of the Sunshine State.
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    Derrick Henry, Yulee

    Derrick Henry, the nation's No. 11 recruit, will announce his college decision on Friday at 3 p.m.

    While he'll be choosing between Alabama and Tennessee in a press conference at his school, he's already made his decision, according to Yulee (Fla.) head coach Bobby Ramsay.

    Ramsay told MaxPreps that Henry has already decided which school he'll select, days before his announcement date.

    The two spoke on Monday, and Ramsay shared perspective from when he was a high school senior choosing a college, telling Henry that he looked for a completely perfect fit and never found one.

    "You have to come terms with that and know that not every place is perfect," he said.

    Alabama--believed to be the favorite for Henry--will have running backs coach Burton Burns in attendance at the game on Friday. Ramsay said that rumors that Nick Saban will be in attendance are untrue, though Will Muschamp and his staff are expected to attend.

    Both Alabama and Florida are also interested in checking out Henry's Friday night counterpart, Glades Day (Belle Glade, Fla.) running back Kelvin Taylor, who is committed to Florida.

    Alabama has continued to recruit Taylor, despite his firm commitment to the Gators.

    Also expected to attend are nearly two dozen members of the Jacksonville Jaguars, where Taylor's father, Fred, spent most of his career.

    Glades Day (4-0) travels to Yulee (3-1) for an 8 p.m. game Friday, five hours after Henry's announcement.

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  • Derrick Henry had a night to remember. And the Yulee (Fla.) senior running back has had many over his illustrious prep career.

    According to the Florida Times-Union, Henry rushed for a state-record 502 yards and moved into second place on the state's all-time rushing list during a 45-28 homecoming night win over Jackson.

    The MaxPreps No. 11 ranked recruit had 190 yards by the end of the first quarter and piled up 339 by halftime. By the time he entered the fourth quarter, he had surpassed the previous Northeast Florida single-game record set by Maurice Wells in 2003.

    According to the newspaper, Henry broke the state record of 501 yards set in 1985 by Shawn Smith of Tampa Bay Tech. He broke the record with a 24-yard touchdown jaunt - his sixth touchdown of the game - with 6:31 to go.

    “I’m just very thankful, very appreciative,” Henry told reporters. “I couldn’t have done it without all my teammates and coaches.”

    Among other records the paper cited, Henry passed the career rushing mark of 8,804 yards by Emmit Smith (Escambia High School). The only player that is ahead of Henry is Glades Day School senior Kelvin Taylor, who has more than 10,000 yards over five years.

    Henry and Taylor go head-to-head next week in Yulee