The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) has verified that DeAndre Hooper of Austin High School in Chicago is the state’s record-holder for single-game rushing with 593 yards in a 1996 game against Near North High School.
Hooper’s performance was previously listed in the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) record book, but not in the IHSA record book on the association’s website (www.IHSA.org).
“It appears that the omission was just an oversight,” said IHSA Assistant Executive Director Matt Troha.
“There was never a doubt as to if the performance had occurred or if it was legitimate. It was simply making sure there had been no extenuating circumstances that had caused the individuals who handled records in our office at that time to submit it to the NFHS, but not list it among IHSA records. After speaking with the NFHS, we felt confident that it was simply an oversight. Frankly, we were all surprised this had never been brought to our attention previously, considering the number of communications we receive on records.”
The record omission came to light after Plainfield North running back Kapri Bibbs ran for 520 yards against Oswego on Oct. 1. Bibbs’ total surpassed Billy McClure of Maroa-Forsyth who was listed as the IHSA single-game rushing leader with 498 yards from a contest in 1986.
“This is a nice thing for Mr. Hooper to finally be properly recognized by the IHSA for his performance and certainly doesn’t diminish the tremendous accomplishment that Mr. Bibbs achieved against Oswego,” Troha said.
Hooper and Bibbs’ respective performances will be displayed in the IHSA Football Record Book on the IHSA website this week.