Posted: 12:18 am Friday, October 12th, 2012

Kelvin Taylor now sixth all-time in career rushing yards 

By Matt Porter

With 177 rushing yards Thursday, Glades Day senior running back Kelvin Taylor moved up two spots in the national record book.

Taylor jumped to sixth place in the National Federation of High Schools career rushing yards list with 9,673 yards, passing Toby Gerhart (9,662 yards at Norco, Calif. from 2002-05) and Terrance Wilkes (9,668 yards at Jamestown Ragsdale, N.C. from 2001-04).

He made the moves on his final three carries of the game: a 2-yard run, a 3-yard run and a 5-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.

Taylor, a Florida Gators verbal commit, also rushed for a career-best seven touchdowns in a 56-42 win over Village Academy.

Taylor would have moved into fifth place if not for Yulee senior Derrick Henry, who last week passed both Gerhart and Wilkes. Henry has 9,807 career rushing yards.

Both players have significant ground to cover from here; Henry is 434 yards shy of fourth place and needs 1,088 to reach third. Taylor is 568 yards behind the current fourth-place man.

MOST HIGH SCHOOL CAREER RUSHING YARDS
11,232 — Ken Hall (Sugar Land, Texas) 1950-53
11,045 — Michael Hart (Nedrow Onondaga, N.Y.), 2000-03
10,895 — Kevin Parks, Jr. (Mount Ulla West Rowan, N.C.), 2006-09
10,241 — Toney Baker (Jamestown Ragsdale, N.C.), 2001-04
9,807 — Derrick Henry (Yulee) 2009-present
9,673 — Kelvin Taylor (Glades Day) 2009-present*

*note: only totals from grades 9-12 count toward National Federation of High Schools records; Taylor has 11,217 yards since eighth grade, which is considered Florida’s state record.