W.Va. high schooler rushes for 658 yards

Published October 1, 2006

DELBARTON, W.Va. - Paul McCoy rushed for 658 yards in a high school game and, believe it or not, may not have set a national record with his feat.

The total tops the National Federation of State High School Association's listed record of 619 yards set by Ronney Jenkins of Oxnard, Calif., in 1995. But high school records historian Doug Huff said Saturday that the recognized record is 739 yards by John Giannantonio of Netcong, N.J., in 1950, against Mountain Lakes.

McCoy piled up his yardage on 29 carries and scored 10 touchdowns as Matewan beat Burch 64-0 on Friday. McCoy racked up 477 of his yards on touchdown runs, which covered 69, 1, 52, 56, 52, 20, 31, 84, 87 and 25 yards. He also had a 77-yard TD run called back because of a penalty.

"The National Federation book for some reason does not include that (the 739 yards), and I think the reason is there's a formal process for submitting those things," Huff said Saturday. "This school doesn't exist anymore. The papers recognized it."

McCoy did set a state record with his 658 yards. Shawn Smith, who played for Tampa Bay Tech, set Florida's state record for rushing yards in a game with 501 in 1985, in a 40-19 win over East Bay.