While elsewhere in the state Glades Day (Fl.) High School running back Kelvin Taylor added to his state rushing records for career yards and touchdowns, Yulee (Fl.) High School running back Derrick Henry was making his own run at history as well. Henry ran for 303 yards and five touchdowns on 41 carries, making this his 37th straight game rushing for 100-plus yards. This ties a state record set by Pompano Beach‘s Tyrone Mass in 2002.
Henry opened the night quickly, taking his third carry 50 yards for a Yulee touchdown, on the way to their 42-14 victory over hosting South Lake (Fl.) High School. It was his largest run of the night, as he was later forced to scrape for relatively shorter yard runs against a resilient South Lake defense. A touchdown pass from quarter back Dalton Bradley to full back Jason Ray accounted for the only Yulee touchdown that Henry didn’t score on Friday. Ray and Bradley are both currently undeclared.
Henry currently has offers from Tennesse, Alabama and Georgia, but is yet to make a decision. He made his first official visit Saturday to Tennessee to watch the Volunteers host the University of Florida. Alabama is reported to be Henry’s top choice and he will visit them the following weekend.
Henry is current 53 yards behind Emmitt Smith for the number 2 spot in Florida’s career high school rushing yards record book. He hopes to declare his choice of school for next year the morning of September 28, when current record holder Kelvin Taylor and Glades Day will take on Yulee. That game will be available on ESPN.