Henton Looking Forward To State Title Game

Fort Valley (Ga.) Peach County quarterback Antonio Henton moved a step closer to his goal with a win in Saturday's state semifinals. Henton had two touchdowns passing and two rushing in his team's 35-17 win over LaGrange. Henton, an OSU verbal, shares his thoughts on that win as well as his feelings on the Buckeyes.

Fort Valley (Ga.) Peach County quarterback Antonio Henton, an Ohio State verbal, moved a step closer to his ultimate goal of winning a state championship on Saturday.

Henton (6-2, 215, 4.6) helped guide Peach County to a 35-17 win over two-time defending state champion LaGrange in a Class 3A state semifinal game at the Georgia Dome.

After three losses to start the season – when Henton was still hobbled by an ankle injury – the win was Peach County's 11th straight. The Trojans will play at rival Dougherty next Saturday for the state championship game.

"I play for my team and we were struggling," Henton said. "But we have come back ad won 11 straight. Hopefully, next week will be 12 straight. Plus, it's my senior year. Every quarterback wants to lead his team to a championship and to win that ring. That's a big thing."

Henton was on top of his game Saturday. He threw for 108 yards and two touchdowns, a 23-yarder to Duranzo Brown and a 10-yarder to Auburn verbal Chris Slaughter. Slaughter set a school record with 22 receiving catches on the year with that grab. Henton also rushed for 85 yards and a pair of touchdowns, an 8-yarder and a 6-yarder.

"We were pretty excited about it," Henton said of his team's win at the Georgia Dome. "(OSU assistant Paul) Haynes was there and he saw the game."

As a junior, Henton had over 1,810 yards and 19 touchdowns passing against only five interceptions as a junior. He also rushed for 316 yards and two touchdowns on only 38 attempts. He helped Peach County post an 11-2 record and reach the state quarterfinals in Class 3A.

This year, he has now thrown for 1,934 yards and 27 touchdowns. But he and Slaughter, friends since kindergarten, want to take the last step.

"I know I can throw it and he'll come down with it," Henton said. "He does a great job running routes and even if I can't see him, I know he'll be there.

"It's fitting that we're doing well because this is our senior year. This is how we want to go out. This is our last chance."

According to Henton, there is some history between Peach County and Dougherty.

"It will be a big game for us going in there," he said. "They beat us in '98 for the state championship. We played them last year in the quarterfinals and that was the game where I got hurt. Then, they got into a little bit of a fight."

Henton verbaled to Ohio State over the summer. He has not scheduled his official visit yet.

"It will probably happen in January," he said. "I am pretty excited. I can't wait until I can get up there. They call me once in a while. Coach Haynes calls me once in a while."

Henton kept tabs on Ohio State by watching the Buckeyes on television.

"I saw the Michigan game," he said. "That was a pretty good game. That was a classic game."

Henton holds a 2.8 GPA and is awaiting results from his most recent college entrance exam.

He is ranked as the nation's 18th-best quarterback and No. 25 prospect overall in Georgia by Scout.com.

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