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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.