Through three games of his junior year, Aliquippa standout Dravon Henry has seen his team outscore opponents by a combined score of 138-7. That has included starters like Henry being out of the game by halftime.
"I'm cool with it," Henry said. "I like seeing the second team go out there and have fun; score points. I'm the biggest cheerleader when it comes to that."
Most recently, Henry scored on touchdown runs of 25 and 10 in a 68-0 win over Riverside. He scored an early 25-yard touchdown run before sitting out the next two offensive series, then returning for one final one. Six plays, 35 yards rushing and 2 touchdowns. For the season, Henry has six rushing touchdowns and an interception returned for a touchdown.
"It's a good thing," Henry added. "We get the rest. If we get down, it's another backup. It's good, though."
This all points to a Class AA in the WPIAL that includes the likes of Seton-LaSalle, South Fayette and Beaver Falls. Combined with Aliquippa, the four teams collectively outscored its opponents 206-7. Seton LaSalle has Pitt commit Scott Orndoff, South Fayette has Zach Challingsworth and Beaver Falls has talented Brock Boxen. The schools may be smaller in size, but once gain this classification has its Division I promise.
One thing that can get challenging for Henry and his teammates, is the lull in playing time. At some point, they're going to have to play a full game. At some point, the score is going to be a lot closer than 68-0. He talked about how the Aliquippa coaching staff helps with that.
"In practice, we don't take anything lightly," Henry said. "We're constantly watching film, constantly in the weight room. There's no days off. It's Monday through Sunday, and it's all hard work."
Henry and teammate Jaleel Fields were at Pitt's win over Virginia Tech this past Saturday. Henry has been to Pitt numerous times already, including this summer for a prospect camp. He says he was not discouraged by the 0-2 start, and liked the change in outcome he saw this past weekend.
"They'll pick it up," Henry said. "It's like a hometown college team. They're starting to get it together. I still understand that every team will have their downs, and every team will have their ups. They'll pick it up."
Through three games, Henry has rushed for 215 yards on just 22 carries (9.8 avg)