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McKinney running back sets single-game Texas high school football record

State single-game rushing record falls

McKinney senior Matt Gadek gained 599 yards Thursday against Plano East. Here's the record-breaking run. Video Bryan Niemann
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McKinney senior Matt Gadek gained 599 yards Thursday against Plano East. Here's the record-breaking run. Video Bryan Niemann

Move over Daryl Ellis - there’s a new sheriff in town and his name is Matt Gadek.

Gadek, a senior running back at McKinney, rushed for 599 yards Thursday night against Plano East to break the state record for rushing yards in a single game. Ellis had 587 yards for Sommerville against Thrall in 1998.

For now, Gadek’s performance is an unofficial UIL 11-man state record. Stats were kept by The Dallas Morning News and will be verified by the UIL and Dave Campbell’s Texas Football, which keeps all state records.

Gadek ran for 357 yards in the first half. On the game’s final drive, he rushed eight times for 63 yards to break the record. The Lions went on to beat Plano East 63-50 to improve to 6-1 and 3-1 in District 6-6A.

Gadek also set school records for single-game rushing touchdowns with six, and career rushing yards with 4,378. Both records were previously held by Donta Hickson, who had 415 yards during a game in 2000. Hickson went on to play at Oklahoma.

According to MaxPreps, Gadek went into the night with 122 carries, 862 yards and five touchdowns. He only rushed for 80 yards last week against Denton Guyer, and had a season-high of 283 yards against Plano West on Sept. 29.

According to Dave Campbell’s, the state six-man single game rushing record is held by Paint Rock’s Tony Diaz, who had 621 yards in 2010.

According to the National Federation of State High School Associations, Rudy Rudison from Houston Marian Christian holds the private school state record with 599 yards in 1978. The national record is 754 yards by John Giannantonio of Netcong, N.J. in 1950.

TOP RUSHERS IN STATE HISTORY

599 Matt Gadek, McKinney vs. Plano East 2017

587 Daryl Ellis, Somerville vs. Thrall 1998

560 Tyrone Swoopes, Whitewright vs. Tom Bean 2011

547 Deion Williams, Katy Morton Ranch vs. Katy Taylor 2012

534 Justin Twine, Hemphill vs. West Sabine 2011

525 Tyson Thompson, Irving vs. Hurst L.D. Bell 1998

524 Jordan Barnes, Van Alstyne vs. Farmersville 2011

520 Kenneth Hall, Sugar Land vs. Lutheran 1953

517 Eli Untemeyer, San Angelo Grape Creek vs. Alpine 2011

517 Phillip Graves, Hutto vs. Thorndale 2002

517 Cleon Williams, Boling vs. Ganado 1991

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