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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