Posted: 11:24 am Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

Glades Day’s Kelvin Taylor is Florida’s first 10,000-yard rusher 

By Matt Porter

Every time Kelvin Taylor carries the ball, he adds more to his state rushing record. Last week, he reached another level.

Kelvin Taylor carries the ball against Jupiter Christian in a 2011 regional final game. (Allen Eyestone/The Palm Beach Post)

Kelvin Taylor carries the ball against Jupiter Christian in a 2011 regional final game. (Allen Eyestone/The Palm Beach Post)

With 194 yards and four touchdowns in the first half of Friday’s 34-7 win over Pompano Beach-Highlands Christian, Taylor became the first Florida high school running back to surpass the 10,000-yard mark.

Taylor, who has an area-best 508 rushing yards on 41 carries this season, now has 10,038 yards on 1,102 career attempts. That’s an average of 9.1 yards per carry over four-plus varsity seasons.

With 7 touchdowns this year (most in the area), the Florida Gators verbal commitment has 155 rushing touchdowns, also a state record.

Taylor has a shot to become the all-time national leading rusher, but the National Federation of High Schools uses totals from grades 9-12 in determining records. Throw out his eighth-grade season and Taylor has 8,454 yards. That’s 2,779 yards shy of the mark (11,232) set by Ken “The Sugar Land Express” Hall in 1953.

It’s also 350 yards short of the 8,804 former state record holder Emmitt Smith put up in his four years at Pensacola-Escambia. Taylor passed that total on Nov. 11, 2011 at South Fork. The Florida High School Athletics Association does not keep regular-season records, but newspapers across the state agree Taylor holds the record.

Subtract the 28 touchdowns he had in eighth grade and Taylor has 127, short of the 141 former Clemson running back Mike Bellamy had at Charlotte High from 2007-10. (Bellamy, by the way, was recently cut from a Mississippi JUCO.) The national touchdown record is 205, set in 2011 by Texas running back Jonathan Gray, now a freshman at the University of Texas.

Taylor will likely pass the “four-year record” for rushing yards in the next two games, and touchdowns sometime later in the season.

Glades Day (2-0) visits Clewiston this week.

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