With his 437-yard rushing performance against Covington (Kentucky) High School on November 4, Paintsville (Kentucky) Johnson Central High School senior running back J.J. Jude became the Kentucky state football career rushing leader.
Jude, who entered the game 122 yards shy of Derek Homer’s mark of 8,224 yards set at Fort Knox (Kentucky) High School from 1993 to 1996, now has 8,539 rushing yards for his career. According to the National Federation of State High School Associations’ National High School Sports Record Book, Jude also ranks 16th nationally.
In that first-round Kentucky High School Athletic Association Class 4A state playoff game witnessed by 4,500 fans, Johnson Central High School defeated Holmes High School, 63-20. Jude carried the ball 35 times and also scored six touchdowns in the game.
A hard-working and versatile athlete, the 5-foot-11, 175-pound Jude runs a 4.48 40-yard dash, bench-presses 330 pounds and is the defending state wrestling champion at 173 pounds. He is equally impressive in the classroom, where he maintains a 3.98 grade-point average.