Terry Grant, who signed with Alabama, was getting all of the headlines. But his teammate, Rashod Henry, was doing more than his share to help his team win the Class 2A State Championship.
a junior, Rashod scored 99 points which was 14th best in Class 2A. At the halfback
position, Henry rushed 47 times for 570 yards - an average of 12.1 yards per carry
- and 7 TDs. As a wide receiver, he caught 24 passes for 438 yards and 5 touchdowns.
His contributions did not stop there. Henry also punted the ball 26 times
for a 35.9 average, which was 10th best in 2A. And on the defensive side of the
ball, where he is projected to play on the collegiate level, he recorded 102 tackles
and 6 interceptions.
It is hard to imagine a player being more versatile
for a team than what Rashod was for Lumberton last year.
What is in store
for an encore?
"Man, I hope to break all those numbers I put up last
year," stated the always excited Rashod Henry. "The main thing I want
to do is lead us back to a state championship, but I want to win Mr. Football
like Terry did too. I can't lie about that. I want that award pretty bad."
did receive one award that his former teammate, Terry Grant, had earned as a rising
"I made (the Clarion Ledger's )Dandy Dozen (team).
It was a great feeling. I never felt like that before. I was just surprised. When
we went up to Jackson (for the photo shoot), I had never seen that many people
before. My sister and mother got me a limo for the ride to Jackson. They surprised
me. It was the best gift I have ever received. We went up there in style (laugh).
But really, when I was told I made the team, my heart dropped. I was just so excited."
last year's performance and making the Dandy Dozen squad; the scholarship offers
have not been rolling in.
"Mississippi State is my only offer so far.
I have a lot that are looking at me, but MSU is it so far."
Ole Miss said something to my coach like they might be getting
close. I was hoping Alabama was going to do something, but they have not. Memphis
has been talking good too."
In Rashod's opinion, why has he only received
"I think my size, me being 5' 9" and skinny (165 pounds),
has hurt me some. But I play bigger than I am. And I think a lot of them are waiting
to see on how I do in school, and if I can make my ACT or not. I did get behind
in school, but I am going to make it up this year. I am retaking the ACT test
tomorrow (interview was conducted on Friday)."
Has Rashod had a chance
to take in any college camps?
"I just went to MSU this past weekend.
I did not make it to too many camps because of baseball. I went to Ole Miss and
USM's 7 on 7 camp too."
Where did Henry perform the best?
MSU. I felt like nobody was on my level. I felt like I was the best player there."
had been leaning towards Alabama, but he now has a new leader.
is my first choice. I just want something new. I want to get way away from here,
but at the same time, I want there to be some people there to make me feel at
home. I know up there, it will feel like home."
Is there anybody else
"Alabama. My boy (Terry Grant) is there and all.
And if I go there, I know I will be playing for a great defense. They have real
good DB's too, and I would like to be a part of that. Hopefully they will give
me an offer pretty soon."
Could a commitment take place in the near
"No sir, I am going to take all of my (official) visits after
the season is over and then make a decision."
Rashod Henry has one at the top
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