Superstar running back Johnathan Gray of Aledo (Texas) needed four touchdowns on Thursday night to move into second place on the all-time lists for career points and touchdowns scored in high school football history, so he went ahead and scored seven, tying his season-high.
Just another night on the gridiron for the record-setting runner who is set to become a Texas Longhorn next year. In the 67-42 win over Birdville (Texas), Gray racked up 258 yards on 31 carries, marking his seventh 200-yard effort of the season and the 44th 100-yard outing of his storied career. His 44th 100-yard game set another career state record.
The top-rated running back by ESPNU and the No. 5 overall player in the ESPNU 150 entered Thursday’s game with 1,052 career points and 176 career touchdowns and increased his totals to 1,100 and 183 to surpass running back T.A. McLendon of Albermarle (N.C.), the former No. 2 all-time in career scoring and touchdowns. Only Mike Hart of Onondaga (Nedrow, N.Y.) has more points and TDs than Gray over the course of a high school career. Hart’s totals of 1,246 points and 204 touchdowns will be difficult to catch for Gray, even with a deep playoff run.