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HIGHSCORE 20 for 20: Top 20 high school running backs over the last 20 years - HIGHSCORE
MaxPreps 20 for 20: Top 20 high school running backs over the last 20 years
What do Adrian Peterson, Christian McCaffrey, Derrick Henry, Leonard Fournette and Reggie Bush have in common? The quintet comprises one-fourth of the MaxPreps Top 20 high school running backs over the last 20 years list.

Over the next few months, MaxPreps will dive into a position-by-position look at the best players to perform under the Friday Night Lights.

We start with the running backs, and these 20 ball carriers have combined for 19 Pro Bowl selections, two Heisman Trophies, three BCS National Championships, three CFP national championships, two NFL Offensive Player of the Year awards, one NFL MVP and four Super Bowls.

Our criteria focuses toward on-field accomplishment, 247Sports composite ranking, awards, all-state selections and the impact the players made toward their team's success.

Henry and Bush lead the Florida and California contingents as each state lands four players on the list while the ageless Peterson and newly-crown Super Bowl champion Fournette represent Texas and Louisiana, each with two selections.
Graphic by Ryan Escobar
MaxPreps 20 for 20: Running Backs

1. Derrick Henry, Yulee (Fla.) | Class of 2013
No running back in high school football history has rushed for more yards than the former five-star recruit. Henry racked up 12,124 yards on the ground and finished his career with 153 touchdowns. During his senior season, he had 462 carries for 4,261 yards and 55 touchdowns and was the 2012 MaxPreps National Football Player of the Year.

2. Adrian Peterson, Palestine (Texas) | Class of 2004
One of three running backs to be ranked No. 1 overall in 247Sports composite rankings since 2003. During his final two years, Peterson rushed for over 5,000 yards and 54 touchdowns while averaging 10 yards per carry. The NFL's fifth leading all-time rusher was inducted into the Texas High School Football Hall of Fame in 2019.

3. Johnathan Gray, Aledo (Texas) | Class of 2012
Finished his high school career as the all-time touchdown leader with 205. Rushed for 10,881 yards, which ranks sixth all-time and trails only former Sugar Land legend Ken Hall for most in Texas history. He helped lead the Bearcats to three state titles (2009-11) and was the 2011 MaxPreps National Football Player of the Year and Gatorade Player of the Year.

The last running back to be ranked No. 1 overall in 247Sports composite rankings, Fournette finished his career with 7,619 yards rushing and 88 touchdowns. He's the only player in state history to twice be named the Louisiana Gatorade Football Player of the Year.

5. Reggie Bush, Helix (La Mesa, Calif.) | Class of 2003
Ended his high school career with 4,995 yards rushing and had 75 total touchdowns. He was a five-star prospect in the Class of 2003 and was the third-rated running back on 247Sports composite rankings.

6. Tavon Austin, Dunbar (Baltimore) | Class of 2009
When it comes to high school highlight tapes, Austin's has to be considered for best of all-time. While he went on to play wide receiver at college and in the NFL, he was a running back at the high school level and still owns the state record for total offense (9,258), rushing yards (7,962) and total points (790). He was a two-time Maryland Consensus Offensive Player of the Year and helped lead Dunbar to three consecutive state titles to close out his career.

7. Kelvin Taylor, Glades Day (Belle Glade, Fla.) | Class of 2013
Ranks second all-time with 12,063 rushing yards, trailing Derrick Henry while Taylor's 192 career touchdowns are good for third best. The son of former Jacksonville Jaguar star running back Fred Taylor was a five-star prospect in the Class of 2013 and second-rated running back.

8. Mike Hart, Onondaga (Nedrow, N.Y.) | Class of 2004
When you look at the record books for running backs Hart's name shows up a lot. He ranks second all-time with 204 career touchdowns and fourth all-time with 11,045 yards rushing. Michigan's new running backs coach helped the Tigers to a 46-1 record and three state titles during his legendary career.

9. Lorenzo Booker, St. Bonaventure (Ventura, Calif.) | Class of 2002
Named the 2002 Gatorade Football Player of the Year after rushing for 2,878 yards and 50 touchdowns during his senior season. He added 16 receptions for 300 yards and three more scores. Booker was the second-rated player overall on 247Sports composite rankings and finished his career with 8,502 yards rushing and 137 touchdowns.

10. Christian McCaffrey, Valor Christian (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) | Class of 2014
Just like he does on Sundays, he was one of the best all-around running backs on Friday nights. McCaffrey finished his high school career with 8,845 all-purpose yards and 141 touchdowns. He was named the Colorado Gatorade Football Player of the Year twice and helped lead the Eagles to four state titles.

The No. 1 recruit in the country from the Class of 2007 was one of the most versatile players in high school football. He did it all from the running back position, was a standout defensive back and also starred on special teams. He was selected to the Louisiana Sports Writer Association all-state first team in 2004 (return specialist), 2005 (defensive back, MVP), and 2006 (athlete, MVP). During his final two years, he accounted for 50 total touchdowns. He led the Patriots to three consecutive state championships from 2004-06.

The top-rated player from Florida in the Class of 2007 rushed for over 6,000 yards and set a Lee County record with 92 career touchdowns. Just like the previously mentioned Austin, Devine's highlight tape was one of the best ever. According to 247Sports composite rankings, he was the 10th-rated prospect overall and No. 3 running back.

13. Maurice Jones-Drew, De La Salle (Concord, Calif.) | Class of 2003
We recently released our Top 25 teams of all-time and Jones-Drew's 2001 Spartans squad was No. 1 and a lot had to do with what the three-time Pro Bowl running back did during his junior season. In the first ever No. 1 vs. No. 2 high school football game, Jones-Drew was the best player on the field accounting for 165 total yards and four scores in a 29-15 win over Long Beach Poly. The nine-year NFL veteran was the top-rated all purpose back in the Class of 2003.

Accounted for over 7,000 total yards and 87 touchdowns during his high school career and helped lead the Rebels to state titles in 2007 and 2008. The former five-star recruit was the top-rated all purpose back in the Class of 2010 and was named the South Carolina Gatorade Football Player of the Year during each of his final two years.

15. Chris Rainey, Lakeland (Fla.) | Class of 2007
Finished his career with more than 7,000 all purpose yards and 90 touchdowns while playing for one of the top programs in the country. From his sophomore to senior year, the Dreadnaughts were 45-0, winning three straight 5A state championships. Lakeland was named the No. 1 team in the country by USA Today in 2005 and followed that up with a No. 3 finish in 2006.

In 2012, he joined Ricky Watters as the only players in school history to have their jersey retired. McCoy rushed for 6,654 yards and 71 touchdowns despite being limited to 33 games during his career. He averaged over 200 yards rushing per game.

17. Najee Harris, Antioch (Calif.) | Class of 2017
During his final three years of high school he rushed for 7,783 yards and 93 touchdowns. Harris was the top-rated running back in the Class of 2017 and only Jaelan Phillips was rated ahead of him on 247Sports composite rankings.

18. Bryce Brown, East (Wichita, Kan.) | Class of 2009
Rushed for over 7,200 yards and 90 touchdowns and was the top-rated running back in the Class of 2009. The only player rated ahead of Brown on 247Sports composite rankings was Matt Barkley.

The top-rated running back in the Class of 2010 was the eighth-rated recruit overall, according to 247Sports composite rankings. He rushed for 8,097 yards and 84 touchdowns during his career and was named the Arkansas Gatorade Football Player of the Year in 2008 an 2009.

Ranks first all-time in Illinois state history with 9,045 yards rushing, a total good for 25th best nationally. During his senior season, he had a game when he rushed for 478 yards and seven touchdowns ... all in the first half. Robinson finished his career with a state best 158 rushing touchdowns.
High school football: Start dates for all 50 states - HIGHSCORE
High school football: Start dates for all 50 states
High school football across the country concluded its unique 2020-21 season earlier this month with state championship games in North Carolina and Rhode Island.

With COVID-19 numbers improving throughout the country, the 2021 season will not need a hyphen. All states have indicated intent for a traditional fall season, starting with preparation and non-league and conference games starting in the summer, and conclusion by the end of the calendar year.

More than half of the states have already set complete calendars, with start practice, season and playoff points, as as well as championship dates. Some of those are still pending state association and federation approval. Thirteen states have set partial dates, with a dozen currently still ironing out specific plans for all 2021-22 sports.

The following is an ongoing updated list of those dates. Please notify us with further updates or corrections via e-mail at [email protected] or by Twitter @MitchMashMax. Note: States with asterisk pending final approval.

Alabama
First practice: Aug. 2 | First game: Aug. 19-20
Start of playoffs: Nov. 5 | Title games: Dec. 1-3

Alaska

First practice: July 28 | First game: Aug. 13
Playoffs: Oct. 9 | Title games: Oct. 16-22

Arizona
First practice: July 26/2/9 | First game: Aug. 18/25/Sept. 1
Playoffs: Oct. 22 | Title games: TBD

Arkansas
First practice: Aug. 4 | First game: Aug. 27
Playoffs: TBD | Title games: TBD

California
First practice: Aug. 2 | First game: Aug. 20
Playoffs: Nov. 5 (sections), Dec. 3-4 (regionals) | Title games: Dec. 10-11

Colorado
First practice: Aug. 9 | First game: Aug. 26
Playoffs: Nov. 6/13 | Title games: Nov. 27/Dec. 4

Connecticut
First practice: Aug. 16 | First game: Sept. 9
Playoffs: TBD | Title games: TBD

Delaware
First practice: TBD | First game: TBD
Playoffs: TBD | Title games: TBD

District of Columbia
First practice: TBD | First game: TBD
Playoffs: TBD | Title games: TBD

Florida
First practice: TBD | First game: Aug. 20
Playoffs: TBD | Title games: TBD

Georgia
First practice: Aug. 2 | First game: Aug. 20
Playoffs: Nov. 12 | Title games: Dec. 9-11
Lee County hopes to back to another 6A Georgia state title game after playing Buford in last season's finale.
File photo by Cecil Copeland
Lee County hopes to back to another 6A Georgia state title game after playing Buford in last season's finale.
Hawaii
First practice: TBD | First game: Aug. 6
Playoffs: TBD | Title games: TBD

Idaho
First practice: Aug. 9 | First game: Aug. 27
Playoffs: TBD | Title games: Nov. 19-20

Illinois
First practice: Aug. 9 | First game: Aug. 27
Playoffs: Oct. 29 | Title games: Nov. 26-27

Indiana
First practice: Aug. 5 | First game: Aug. 20
Playoffs: Oct. 22 | Title games: Nov. 26-27

Iowa
First practice: Aug. 9 | First game: Aug. 27
Playoffs: Oct. 29 | Title games: TBD

Kansas
First practice: Aug. 16 | First game: Sept. 3
Playoffs: Nov. 5 | Title games: Nov. 27

Kentucky
First practice: Aug. 1 | First game: Aug. 20
Playoffs: Nov. 5 | Title games: Dec. 3-4

Louisiana
First practice: Aug. 2 | First game: Aug. 27
Playoffs: TBD | Title games: TBD

Maine
First practice: TBD | First game: TBD
Playoffs: TBD | Title games: TBD

Maryland
First practice: TBD | First game: TBD
Playoffs: TBD | Title games: TBD

Massachusetts
First practice: Aug. 26 | First game: Sept. 9-10
Playoffs: TBD | Title games: TBD

Michigan

First practice: Aug. 9 | First game: Aug. 26
Playoffs: Oct. 29 | Title games: Nov. 19-27

Minnesota
First practice: Aug. 16 | First game: Sept. 2
Playoffs: Nov. 11-13 | Title games: Nov. 26-27

Mississippi

First practice: Aug. 9 | First game: Aug. 27
Playoffs: Nov. 5/12 | Title games: Dec. 3-4

Missouri
First practice: TBD | First game: TBD
Playoffs: TBD | Title games: TBD

Montana
First practice: Aug. 13 | First game: Aug. 26
Playoffs: Oct. 29-30 | Title games: Nov. 19-20

Nebraska*

First practice: Aug. 9 | First game: Aug. 26
Playoffs: Oct. 29 | Title games: Nov. 19-23

Nevada*

First practice: Aug. 7 | First game: Aug. 19
Playoffs: Oct. 28-30 | Title games: Nov. 19-20

New Hampshire
First practice: TBD | First game: TBD
Playoffs: TBD | Title games: TBD

New Jersey
First practice: Aug. 9 | First game: Aug. 27-28
Playoffs: Nov. 5-6 | Title games: Nov. 26-27, Dec. 3-5

New Mexico
First practice: TBD | First game: TBD
Playoffs: TBD | Title games: TBD

New York

First practice: TBD | First game: TBD
Playoffs: TBD | Title games: Dec. 3-5

North Carolina

First practice: Aug. 2 | First game: Aug. 19-20
Playoffs: TBD | Title games: TBD

North Dakota
First practice: Aug. 5/9 | First game: Aug. 20/23
Playoffs: Oct. 16/23 | Title games: Nov. 12

Ohio

First practice: Aug. 1 | First game: Aug. 20
Playoffs: Oct. 29-30 | Title games: Dec. 2-5

Oklahoma
First practice: Aug. 5 | First game: Aug. 20
Playoffs: Nov. 12 | Title games: TBD

Oregon
First practice: Aug. 16 | First game: Sept. 2
Playoffs: Nov. 5-6 | Title games: Nov. 27/Dec. 4

Pennsylvania

First practice: Aug. 16 | First game: Aug. 27
Playoffs: Nov. 19 | Title games: Dec. 9-11

Rhode Island

First practice: TBD | First game: TBD
Playoffs: TBD | Title games: TBD

South Carolina

First practice: July 30 | First game: Aug. 27
Playoffs: Nov. 12-13 | Title games: Dec. 3-4

South Dakota
First practice: Aug. 5-6 | First game: Aug. 20
Playoffs: Oct. 21 | Title games: Nov. 11-13

Tennessee
First practice: July 26 | First game: Aug. 20
Playoffs: Nov. 5 | Title games: Dec. 2-4

Texas*
First practice: Aug. 7 | First game: Aug. 26-28
Playoffs: Nov. 11-13 | Title games: Dec. 15-18
Southlake Carroll highly-touted quarterback Quinn Ewers hopes to lead his team back to a 6A-1 state title game.
File photo by Freddie Beckwith
Southlake Carroll highly-touted quarterback Quinn Ewers hopes to lead his team back to a 6A-1 state title game.
Utah*
First practice: July 26 | First game: Aug. 13-14
Playoffs: Oct. 22-23 | Title games: Nov. 12-13

Vermont
First practice: TBD | First game: TBD
Playoffs: TBD | Title games: TBD

Virginia
First practice: TBD | First game: TBD
Playoffs: TBD | Title games: TBD

Washington
First practice: Aug. 18 | First game: TBD
Playoffs: TBD | Title games: Dec. 3-4

West Virginia

First practice: Aug. 6 | First game: Aug. 27
Playoffs: TBD | Title games: TBD

Wisconsin

First practice: Aug. 3 | First game: Aug. 19-20
Playoffs: Oct. 22-23 | Title games: Nov. 18-19

Wyoming
First practice: Aug. 12 | First game: Oct. 27-28
Playoffs: Oct. 29-30 | Title games: Nov. 12-13
High school softball: Maci Bergeron, Baylea Brandon headline list of HIGHSCORE National Player of the Year candidates - HIGHSCORE
High school softball: Maci Bergeron, Baylea Brandon headline list of MaxPreps National Player of the Year candidates
The high school softball season is over in some states, deep into playoffs in others, or if you're in New York, you could be in game three of your season.

That makes identifying candidates for MaxPreps National Softball Player of the Year a bit tricky. It also means others will emerge and this list is just kicking off the discussion. If you feel a player deserves to be considered, email [email protected] or follow on twitter @smontoyamp.

This initial list of 10 candidates includes a few recently-crowned state champions, a few who've completed their year, several in postseason play and one that still has nine more regular season games left to go.

Past MaxPreps National Player of the Year winners
2020 —  No award (Pandemic)
2019 — Sydney Supple, Oshkosh North (Oshkosh, Wis.)
2018 — Montana Fouts, East Carter (Grayson, Ky.)
2017 — Taylor Dockins, Norco (Calif.)
2016 — Caroline Hedgcock, Downers Grove South (Downers Grove, Ill.)
2015 — Tannon Snow, Chino Hills (Calif.)
2014 — Johanna Grauer, Amador Valley (Pleasanton, Calif.)
2013 — Casey Stangel, Lake City (Coeur d'Alene, Idaho)
2012 — Kenzie Conrad, Keystone (La Grange, Ohio)
2011 — Paige McDuffee, The Woodlands (Texas)
2010 — Kasey Fagan, Dunnellon (Fla.)
Graphic by Ryan Escobar
Softball Player of the Year Watch List

P Annika Litterio | Warren (San Antonio) | Sr.
The top pitcher for one of the best teams in the country has been dominant all season. The UTEP commit has a 0.23 ERA through 90 innings pitched. She's averaging just over two strikeouts per inning. The righty can also swing a bat with a .458 average with 27 RBI.

OF Baylea Brandon | Leander (Texas) | Sr.
If Brandon gets pitched to (29 walks), she is deadly with the bat. The LSU commit has 18 home runs and has two or more hits in 15 games this season. The powerful lefty is a major threat on the base paths as well as with 30 stolen bases.

P Emiley Kennedy | Lake Creek (Montgomery, Texas) | Sr.
The Texas A&M commit has not allowed an earned run this season in 84 innings pitched. The hard-throwing lefty has 168 strikeouts while allowing 18 hits in 299 batters faced. She's also hit 13 home runs.

UT Karissa Hamilton | Shelbyville (Shelbyville, Ind.) | Jr.
In 18 games, the Kentucky commit has 18 home runs while batting .719 with 45 RBI.

P Kylie Chung | Westlake (Westlake Village, Calif.) | Sr.
With the CIF Southern Section announcing spring playoffs will happen, the state of California will have a player up for Player of the Year consideration. Chung, a Stanford commit, is batting .471 with four home runs. She's also 8-0 in the circle with a 0.77 ERA.

C Maci Bergeron | Notre Dame (Crowley, La.) | Jr.
She led the Pioneers to another state title this season after smashing a nation-best 30 home runs. The LSU commit has hit 62 career bombs. She also drove in 70 runs and has 174 RBI in just two full seasons of play.

P Madi Ogden | Williamsburg (Ohio) | Sr.
The Morehead State University commit has thrown seven no-hitters this season, per Mike Dyer of WCPO in Cincinnati. The 18th-ranked Wildcats have yet to enter stats on MaxPreps.

OF Nyjah Fontenot | Barbe (Lake Charles, La.) | Sr.
Led her team to a Louisiana Class 5A state title. The Arkansas commit hit 11 home runs and batted .530 this season. Her junior teammate Halie Pappion is in the running as well after finishing 19-1 in the circle.

P Paige Kilgore | Houston (Miss.) | Sr.
The Southern Miss commit has been pitching at the varsity level since she was in seventh grade. She went 22-0 in the circle this season and struck 247 batters. She has 817 career strikeouts and a 95-6 overall record.

SJ Geurin | Leander (Texas) | Sr.
The Oklahoma commit is the ace for the top-ranked team in the country. In 81 innings pitched, Geurin has struck out 223 batters and has allowed 11 earned runs.
High school football: Unconventional Arkansas coach that never punts lands college head coaching gig - HIGHSCORE
High school football: Unconventional Arkansas coach that never punts lands college head coaching gig
Kevin Kelley approached and accomplished things on the high school football field few have ever done. The Pulaski Academy (Little Rock, Ark.) head football coach announced Thursday he was leaving his post to take the same job at NCAA FCS program Presbyterian College in Clinton, S.C.

The nine-time state champion has earned national attention for his statistical-driven, no-punt, high risk-high reward approach while piling up head-spinning numbers at the small (1,221 enrollment K-12), private, independent school in central Arkansas.

The 51-year-old's revolutionary offenses and methods were featured on segments of 60 Minutes, HBO's Real Sports and NFL Films and he once was a guest speaker at MIT. He was a pioneer of analytics in the high school game.

In 18 seasons, he boasted a record of 216-29-1 and was recently inducted into the Arkansas Hall of Fame.

His rise in fame coincided with the invention of numbers-driven MaxPreps.com and he quickly became the poster coach for entering team and individual statistics. His teams often ranked near or at the top of all offensive categories.
Kevin Kelley, Pulaski Academy
File photo by Rickey Miller
Kevin Kelley, Pulaski Academy
Among the Bruins' remarkable feats since 2004:

* Scoring more than 600 points 13 times and at least 700 seven times, topped out at 790 in 2019 and 789 in 2011.

* That 2011 squad was his only team to finish 15-0. Three other times the Bruins went unbeaten including his final season in 2020 (13-0), the only time they finished No. 1 in the MaxPreps Arkansas computer rankings. They finished ranked second in 2008, 2016 and 2019 and No. 3 in 2011.

* In all but one season (2009), they averaged more than 500 yards per game, while once clearing the 600-yard plateau in 2019. That year, they averaged a ridiculous 648 yards, 439 through the air and 209 on the ground.

* Average yards per game per year since 2010: 529, 537, 513, 556, 516, 581, 550, 571, 597, 648 and 579.

* Points per game since 2014: 50.2, 50.8, 47.8, 56.0, 50.2, 56.4 and 50.7.

* In a 2017 game, the Bruins pilled up what was then a national record 991 total yards during an 86-56 win over Little Rock Christian Academy. Layne Hatcher set a state record with 745 yards passing to go along with nine touchdown passes.

Hatcher is one of the most prolific passers the country has ever seen. He's the state leader with 15,483 career passing yards.  But Hatcher is not nearly alone among Kelley's pupils.

A 2020 story by MaxPreps senior writer and historian Kevin Askeland highlighted that Kelley has coached 12 of the top 100 single-season passing yardage marks in history.
Layne Hatcher, Pulaski Academy's record-setting quarterback in 2017.
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Layne Hatcher, Pulaski Academy's record-setting quarterback in 2017.


Texas high school football: Allen hires former Arkansas coach Chad Morris - HIGHSCORE
Texas high school football: Allen hires former Arkansas coach Chad Morris
Allen (Texas), one of the most prominent high school football programs in the nation, found its next head coach, announcing Wednesday that former Arkansas coach Chad Morris will lead the Eagles. The hire comes two weeks after Terry Gambill announced his retirement following a five-year tenure that saw the Eagles go 65-4 with a 2017 6A Division 1 state title.

"I am honored to join Allen ISD and the Allen Eagles football program," Morris said in a statement. "My roots run deep in Texas high school football, and I am excited for the opportunity to get back to coaching young student-athletes and making an impression on their lives."

Morris was Auburn's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach last year and was the head coach at Arkansas from 2018-19. He was 4-18 as Razorbacks coach. He last coached in Texas from 2015-17 as the head coach at SMU. He went 14-22 in three years with the Mustangs. He also was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for Clemson under Dabo Swinney from 2011-14 and spent a year at Tulsa the year prior.

Before his college coaching career started in 2010, Morris was one of the best high school football coaches in the Lone Star State.

He spent two years at Texas power Lake Travis (Austin) as the head coach from 2008-09 and led the Cavaliers to back-to-back 4A Division 1 state titles going 32-0 in his two years. Garrett Gilbert was his quarterback during the 2008 season when he was named the Gatorade Athlete of the Year after throwing for 4,851 yards and 55 touchdowns.

Morris is 169-38 during his 16 years high school level and also had previous stops at Stephenville (Texas), Bay City (Texas), Elysian Fields (Texas) and Eustace (Texas).

This was one of the most sought-after coaching jobs in the nation. The Eagles have won five state titles since 2008, led by a three-peat with Kyler Murray under center from 2012-14. Allen has the largest enrollment in the state and a $60 million stadium in which they've never lost.

The Texas high school football power has won at least 10 games in 15 consecutive seasons and return a lot of talent next fall led by three-star offensive lineman Neto Umeozulu, junior running back Jaylen Jenkins and 2022 Harvard commit Jackson Newville.
Chad Morris was announced Wednesday as Allen's new football coach. Prior to coaching at the University of Arkansas and other collegiate stops, Morris was Lake Travis' head coach for two seasons.
File photo by Jim Redman
Chad Morris was announced Wednesday as Allen's new football coach. Prior to coaching at the University of Arkansas and other collegiate stops, Morris was Lake Travis' head coach for two seasons.