- Jon Mahoney, ESPNHS.com
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Move over, Emmitt Smith. There's a new Florida rushing champ.
Glades Day (Belle Glade, Fla.) junior running back Kelvin Taylor ran for 388 yards on 34 carries in a 43-29 win over South Fork (Stuart, Fla.) on Friday night to move into first place on the Florida career rushing list with 8,975 yards. The previous mark of 8,804 yards was held since 1986 by Smith, who played for Escambia (Pensacola, Fla.).
Taylor is 3,842 yards from breaking the national record of 11,232 yards set by Ken Hall of Sugar Land (Texas) in 1953. He ran for 1,584 yards as an eighth-grader, but pre-freshman marks aren't included in national record listings. So only Taylor's totals from his freshman year up until now (7,391 yards) count toward the record.
Taylor, the son of former NFL star running back Fred Taylor, ran for six touchdowns against South Fork to push his Florida-record total to 141. He'll have a chance to add to both Florida marks when Glades Day opens the Class 2A playoffs this week against Champagnat Catholic (Hialeah, Fla.).