After breaking the Delaware high school career rushing record Saturday in the Eagles' state tournament semifinal win over Hodgson, Smyrna High's Will Knight shares the credit for his accomplishment with his teammates.
While helping his team advance to the state championship game for the third year in a row, Smyrna High running back Will Knight broke the state high school football record for most rushing yards in a career – and he did it in style Saturday against Hodgson.
Knight broke the record on a 46-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter in front of the Smyrna fans at Charles V. Williams Stadium. The previous record of 6,224 yards was held by Chris Jones from Laurel since 2011.
Knight now has 6,248 yards with one game left to go Saturday, Dec. 2 in the state title game against Middletown at the University of Delaware.
Smyrna head football coach Mike Judy said Knight has compiled those yards on 718 carries for an average of 8.7 yards per attempt, while scoring 94 rushing touchdowns in 45 games.
When asked what it means to break the record, Knight said, “I just think about how blessed I am to be in the position to do this because of my teammates. They give their blood, sweat and tears to get me to where I am. All props to them – the offensive line, the receivers, the quarterback, the defense.”
He talked about the keys to success as a runner: “Being patient, letting the game come to you. You just find the hole in the defense and just play the game that you love,” he said.
Knight got his start in football in the Smyrna-Clayton Pop Warner program.
“They built my foundation. Without them, I wouldn’t have learned the skills and all about the game of football,” he said.
He credits his coaches at the middle school and now at the high school for giving him the opportunity to excel.
Knight played all four years on the varsity team for the Eagles. Now he’s looking forward to one more game.
“We’re blessed to be able to have the opportunity to go to the championship game for the third time, one more time before my senior year is over,” he said.
Coach Judy said he’s humbled to coach a player who’s the number one runner in Delaware high school history, but more importantly such an outstanding person.
“He’s a special human being,” said Judy. “He’s done so much for the team. He has such a selfless manner. He doesn’t focus on individual records. He gives all the credit to his brothers on the team. If it wasn’t for him we wouldn’t be in the shape this program is in. I’m so proud of him. He’s overcome injuries and he gets the job done. I’m really happy for him and his family. You couldn’t find a more deserving young man.”