MCKINNEY (CBSDFW.COM) – A McKinney high school senior had a football game for the record books Thursday evening.
Matt Gadek set a state record with 599 yards rushing in a win over Plano East High School.
The 17-year-old running back kicked off Thursday’s game with one goal: To beat Plano East. Six touchdowns and 599 yards later, he had done more than that.
“It was 4th and 1, and my coach goes, ‘You have one chance to get 25 yards on the play to get the state record’, and that’s the first time I realized I could get the record,” Gadek says.
It was the second to last play of the game and though he had 48 carries, he pushed through, straight into the state record books.
“I got a 31-yard run, and everyone started going crazy. It was probably the most exciting moment of my life right there so far,” said Gadek.
McKinney took the win, which Gadek says was a more important achievement than his personal ones. He also broke a school record for career rushing yards.
“We knew at halftime he was doing something pretty special,” said McKinney football coach Jeff Smith. “I think I even said on the headsets, ‘This is special. What’s going on tonight is special.'”
Gadek, who started playing football in third grade, credits his teammates, his coaches and his family – everyone but himself.
“This team is the best thing I’ve ever been a part of in my life. It’s taught me brotherhood, friendship, love, and most importantly, it’s taught me that being on the team is more important than caring about yourself,” said Gadek.
And though some may raise an eyebrow at the moment he carried the ball, Smith said Gadek’s perseverance is part of his success story.
“I think when your motivation is the team winning, the team being successful and doing your part in that, I think you can find some strength to keep going, and that’s what Matt does,” said Smith.