Posted: 1:43 pm Saturday, November 5th, 2011

Glades Day’s Kelvin Taylor now 217 yards away from Emmitt Smith’s state rushing record 

By Matt Porter

After adding another couple hundred rushing yards to his total, Glades Day junior Kelvin Taylor stands on the verge of breaking the career state record.


In Glades Day’s 49-12 win Friday over Zion Lutheran, Taylor rushed for 203 yards and four touchdowns on just 10 first-half carries. He also had a 70-yard punt return for a touchdown in the first quarter.

Taylor’s 203 rushing yards gives him 1,941 yards this season. He now has 8,587 career yards, 217 yards shy of the 8,804 Smith put up at Pensacola-Escambia from 1983-86.

Now, the big question: might Kelvin Taylor break the record in the regular season, or might it happen sometime during the playoffs?

On Friday, Glades Day (6-3) ends the regular season by visiting South Fork (6-3), the District 14-6A champion. The Bulldogs have allowed 161 rushing yards per game and have given up 10 rushing touchdowns.

In the first round of the playoffs, Glades Day will host Hialeah-Champagnat (3-4) at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18. Since stats for Champagnat are not readily available, a look at a common opponent could shed some light on Taylor’s possible production.

In Champagnat’s kickoff classic loss to Village Academy, the Lions allowed 120 yards on 13 carries to Village’s leading rusher, Erich Maine. In Glades Day’s Oct. 14 win over Village, Taylor put up 426 yards, the second-highest total of his career.

Click here for much more on Taylor’s chase for the record books.