Tracking Traylon: Game One

One of the top stories in high school football this season in Texas is Cayuga running back Traylon Shead and his climb in the high school record books both in state and nationally. On Friday, the future Longhorn began the chase with 166 yards and two touchdowns in a 33-26 loss to Frankston.

Traylon Shead began his assault on the Texas high school and national record books on Friday. The 6-2, 210-pound senior and his Cayuga teammates didn't get off to the start many expected as the top ranked team in 1A losing to 2A Frankston 33-26.

In the loss, the future Longhorn rushed for 166 yards on 26 carries. With 166 yards in the books, Shead moved up six spots on the national career rushing record list and is up #35 all time.

At 3,473 yards shy of Ken Hall's all-time record, Shead would have to average 231.5 yards with Cayuga advancing to the 1A state title playing a 16-game season. Should Cayuga play a 13-game season and not advance as far in the playoffs, Shead would need to average 289.4 yards to break the record.

With 26 carries in the books, Shead is now over 800 career totes at 804. Shead now needs 318 carries to jump into the top ten nationally.

Shead also scored a pair of touchdowns on Friday. With 104 career touchdowns, the three-sport star is now 33 away from the state record held by Jacquizz Rodgers, which ranks eighth nationally.

This week, the Wildcats will take another 2A program in Grand Saline. The Indians return 10 defensive starters off of a 2-8 team in 2008.

Most Rushing Yards Career (Nationally)

11,232 Ken Hall (Sugar Land, TX), 1950-53
11,045 Michael Hart (Nedrow Onondaga, NY), 2000-03
10,241 Toney Baker (Jamestown Ragsdale, NC), 2001-04
9,662 Toby Gerhart (Norco, CA), 2002-05
9,442 Troy Fleming (Franklin Battle Ground Academy, TN), 1995-98
9,426 Tyrell Sutton (Akron Archbishop Hoban, OH), 2001-04
9,193 Brad Hocker (Archie, MO), 1988-91
9,076 Demetris Summers (Lexington, SC), 1999-2002
9,004 T.A. McLendon (Albemarle, NC), 1999-2001
8,855 Wes Danaher (Corpus Christi Calallen, TX), 1992-95
8,844 Monte Williams (Commerce, GA), 1997-2000
8,804 Emmitt Smith (Pensacola Escambia, FL), 1983-86
8,625 Demetrius "Mac" Campbell (Alexandria, AL), 1994-97
8,502 Lorenzo Booker (Ventura St. Bonaventure, CA), 1999-2001
8,472 DeAngelo Evans (Wichita Collegiate School, KS), 1992-95
8,441 Rodney Thomas (Groveton, TX), 1987-90
8,432 James Mungro (East Stroudsburg, PA), 1993-96
8,431 Kevin Grady Jr. (East Grand Rapids, MI), 2001-04
8,418 Cedric Benson (Midland Lee, TX) 1998-2000
8,411 Robert Strait (Cuero, TX), 1985-88
8,248 Kyle Bell (Keensebur Weld Central, CO), 2000-03
8,246 Jacquizz Rodgers (Rosenberg Lamar Consolidated, TX), 2004-07
8,224 Derek Homer (Ft. Knox, KY), 1993-96
7,942 Willie Green (Kissimmee Osceola, FL), 1996-99
7,866 Robert Toomer (Sylvester Worth County, GA), 1988-91
7,839 Jeremy Britt (Danville, KY), 1995-98
7,827 Zach Sherman (Platte City Platte County, MO), 1998-2001
7,813 Tim Shaw (Livonia Clarenceville, MI), 1998-2001
7,802 LenDale White (Littleton Chatfield, CO), 1999-2002
7,782 Anthony Saunders (Asheboro; Greensboro Western Guilford,NC), 1993-96
7,761 Carlos Snow (Cincinnati Academy of Physical Education, OH), 1983-86
7,761 Dominque Dorsey (Tulare Union, CA), 1997-2000
7,738 Billy Sims (Hooks, TX), 1972-75
7,725 Michael West (Louisa Lawrence County, KY), 1998-2001
7,760 Traylon Shead (Cayuga, TX), 2006-

After one game in 2009 in which he rushed for 166 yards, Traylon Shead now needs 3,473 yards to become the all-time and state of Texas record holder.

Most Rushing Attempts Career (Nationally)

1,353 Brad Hocker (Archie, MO), 1988-91
1,221 Robert Toomer (Sylvester Worth County, GA), 1988-91
1,183 Jeff Womack (McMinnville Warren County, TN), 1979-81
1,154 Kevin Grady Jr. (East Grand Rapids, MI), 2001-04
1,150 Zach Sherman (Platte City Platte County, MO), 1998-2001
1,135 Joe Longmire (Bruceton Central, TN), 1992-95
1,132 Anthony Saunders (Asheboro; Greensboro Western Guilford, NC), 1993-96
1,131 Robert Strait (Cuero, TX), 1985-88
1,128 Billy Sims (Hooks, TX), 1972-74
1,127 Emmitt Smith (Pensacola Escambia, FL), 1983-86

After 26 carries in the season opener against Frankston, Shead now has 804 career rushing attempts. He carried the ball 141 times in 2006, 247 in 2007 and 390 in 2008. He needs 325 carries to become the record holder in Texas.

Most Rushing Yards in a Season (Nationally)

4,756 John Giannantonio (Netcong, NJ), 1950 (8)
4,495 Tyler Ebell (Ventura, CA), 2000 (14)
4,087 Travis Henry (Frostproof, FL), 1996 (14)
4,045 Ken Hall (Sugar Land, TX), 1953 (12)
3,846 Austin Scott (Allentown Parkland, PA), 2002
3,701 Rodney Thomas (Groveton, TX), 1990 (16)
3,586 Jermaine Marshall (Malibu Kilpatrick, CA), 1999
3,569 Wes Danaher (Corpus Christi Calallen, TX), 1995 (10)
3,526 Cedric Benson (Midland Lee, TX) 1999 (15)
3,523 David Dotson (Moreno Valley Valley View, CA), 1991 (12)
3,515 Robert Strait (Cuero, TX), 1987 (16)
3,502 Traylon Shead (Cayuga, TX), 2008 (16)

Most Points Career Nationally

1,246 Michael Hart (Nedrow Onondaga, NY), 2000-03
1,076 T.A. McLendon (Albemarle, NC), 1999-2001
952 Brett Law (Sheridan, IN), 1986-89
924 Kevin Grady (East Grand Rapids, MI) 2001-04
899 Ken Hall (Sugar Land, TX), 1950-53 (127 TDs, 137 con.)
890 Hubert Bobo (Chauncey-Chauncey Dover, OH), 1949-52
884 Brad Hocker (Archie, MO), 1988-91
874 Lorenzo Booker (Ventura St. Bonaventure, CA), 1999-2001
847 Levi Ferguson (New Sharon North Mahaska, IA), 2002-05
841 Robert Strait (Cuero, TX), 1985-88

Shead currently has 634 points scored in his four-year career. He posted 102 as a freshman, 198 as a sophomore and 322 as a junior. He needs 266 points as a senior to break the state of Texas record.

Most Touchdowns Career (Nationally)

204 Michael Hart (Nedrow Onondaga, NY), 2000-03
178 T.A. McLendon (Albemarle, NC), 1999-2001
166 Brett Henson (Hatch Valley, NM), 2002-04
151 Kevin Grady Jr. (East Grand Rapids, MI), 2001-04
141 Brett Law (Sheridan, IN), 1986-89
138 Demetrius "Mac" Campbell (Alexandria, AL), 1994-97
137 Lorenzo Booker (Ventura St. Bonaventure, CA), 1999-2001
136 Ryan Beckham (Idalia, CO), 1990-93
136 Jacquizz Rodgers (Rosenberg Lamar Consolidated, TX), 2004-07
135 Jason Gwaltney (North Babylon, NY), 2001-04
132 Hubert Bobo (Chauncey-Chauncey Dover, OH), 1953-56
132 Troy Fleming (Franklin Battle Ground Academy, TN), 1995-98

Shead enters his senior season with 102 career touchdowns. After scoring two touchdowns, he needs 33 to become the state record holder.

Most Rushing Touchdowns Career (Nationally)

204 Michael Hart (Nedrow Onondaga, NY), 2000-03
170 T.A. McLendon (Albemarle, NC), 1999-2001
134 Demetrius "Mac" Campbell (Alexandria, AL), 1994-97
132 Troy Fleming (Franklin Battle Ground Academy, TN), 1995-98
131 Lorenzo Booker (Ventura St. Bonaventure, CA), 1999-2001
128 Knowshon Moreno (Middletown, NJ), 2002-05
125 Brad Hocker (Archie, MO), 1988-91
120 Demetris Summers (Lexington, SC), 1999-2002
120 DeAngelo Evans (Wichita Collegiate School, KS), 1992-95
120 Robert Strait (Cuero, TX), 1985-88

Shead entered his senior season with 102 touchdowns scored. He scored 17 in 2006, 33 in 2007 and 52 in 2008. Shead scored two touchdowns in the season opener and needs just 17 for the Texas state record.

100-Yard Games Career (Nationally)

47 Michael Hart (Nedrow Onondaga, NY), 2000-03
46 Demetris Summers (Lexington, SC), 1999-2002
45 Emmitt Smith (Pensacola Escambia, FL), 1983-86
42 Brad Hocker (Archie, MO), 1988-91
41 Robert Strait (Cuero, TX), 1985-88
41 T.A. McLendon (Albemarle, NC), 1999-2001
41 Joe Longmire (Bruceton Central, TN), 1992-95
40 Robert Toomer (Sylvester Worth County, GA), 1989-91
40 Anthony Saunders (Asheboro, NC; Greensboro Western Guilford, NC), 1993-96
39 Zach Sherman (Platte City Platte County, MO), 1998-2001

Shead entered the 2009 season with 32 100-yard rushing games in his career. He posted six in 2006, 11 in 2007 and 15 in 2008. He needs 10 to become the state record holder. Shead posted his 33rd 100-yard rushing game on Friday against Frankston.

100-Yard Games Season (Nationally)

16 Fred Smith (Sealy, TX), 1994
16 Rodney Thomas (Groveton, TX), 1990
16 Jacoby Jones (Bangs, TX) 2003
15 Traylon Shead (Cayuga, TX), 2008
15 Robert Strait (Cuero, TX), 1987
15 Anthony Barbour (Raleigh Garner, NC), 1987
15 Billy Sims (Hooks, TX), 1973
15 Chris Robertson (Denison, TX) 1997
14 T.A. McLendon (Albemarle, NC), 2001
14 Rausell Harvey (Chicago Dunbar, IL), 1997

Sources: National High School Sports Record Book and Dave Campbell's Texas Football


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