Friday, October 28, 2011

Texas' Best TD-maker - Johnathan Gray, Aledo High School

by Jeff Fisher
High School Football America

It seems every time Aledo's Johnathan Gray touches a football, another record falls.

Last night, the Bearcats senior running back scored seven touchdowns to move into second place nationally in career touchdowns.  Gray, who has verbally committed to Texas, passed T.A. McLendon, who scored 178 TDs from 1999 to 2001 at Albemarle High School in North Carolina.

Next-up on the TD-front for Gray who has 183 touchdowns?  Michael Hart who scored 204 career touchdowns at Nedrow Onondaga in New York before graduating in 2003.

Gray also moved into second place on the all-time scoring list with 1,092 points; again passing McLendon on the national list.  Hart is also the all-time leader with 1,246 points.

In last night's 67-42 win over Birdville, Gray also rushed for 258 yards, which gave him the Texas record for 100-yard games; it was his 44th game above the century mark.  He's currently fourth on the all-time list with Emmitt Smith, yes that Emmitt Smith, sitting at #3 with 45 100+ games.  The national record is 55 by Kevin Parks of West Rowan in North Carolina.

Gray also moved from 12th to 9th on the all-time rushing list.  He has rushed for 9,251 yards in his career.

The all-time mark of 11,232 yards by Ken Hall of Sugar Land (Texas) seems out-of-reach, because Gray would have to average over 280 yards a game and take his team back to its third straight Class 4A title game in December.

A couple of weeks ago, I talked with Gray on High School Football America.  You can watch that interview below:

National High School Career Rushing Leaders

11,232 - Ken Hall (Sugar Land, TX) 1950-53
11,045 - Michael Hart (Nedrow Onondaga, NY) 2000-03
10,895 - Kevin Parks (West Rowan, NC) 2006-09
10,241 - Toney Baker (Jamestown Ragsdale, NC) 2001-04
9,668 - Terrance Wilkes (Wadley, AL) 2003-06
9,662 - Toby Gerhart (Norco, CA) 2002-05
9,442 - Troy Fleming (Franklin Battle Ground Academy, TN) 1995-98
9,426 - Tyrell Sutton (Archbishop Hoban, OH) 2001-04
9,251 - Johnathan Gray (Aledo, TX) 2008-present

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