Yulee (Fla.) coach Bobby Ramsay said Derrick Henry needed break to break the nationl rushing record by halftime for his team to have a chance in their 4A Playoff Game against Taylor County (Perry, Fla.).
The Senior Running Back went into the game 102 yards short of Ken Hall’s 59-year-old-record 11,232 yards. He passed Hall in just over one quarter of play.
“To be the all-time rushing leader, it’s just something that hasn’t hit me yet,” Henry told USA TODAY Sports. “It will be an honor. People wait all their lives to do things like this, and it could be something I actually accomplish by the end of this game.”
The play he set the record on was a 52 yard run that gave Yulee a 7-0 lead; Henry finished with an astounding 482 yards on 58 carries in the Hornets 41-26 victory.
Henry added: “when something’s lasted this long of course there’s some degree of it being a little bittersweet, but I want him to break it and go on and break even more records. Hopefully I’ll be able to shake his hand one day soon.”
At 6-foot-3, 240 pounds Henry will be going to Alabama next year and has said that he wants to be a running back for the Tide. Alabama is not short on strong runners, but if Henry can break records for them then I’m sure they won’t mind having him at running back.
Henry has now amassed 11,613 rushing yards this season and will have a chance to add to it in next week’s regional final against East Gadsden (Fla.). Yulee potentially has two more games after that if they plan to play for a state championship. I’m pretty sure Nick Saban will check the score for all of Henry’s games.