Dravon Henry rushed for 123 yards and one touchdown on 23 carries as Aliquippa defeated Washington rolled to a 34-7 victory over Washington in the WPIAL AA championship game Friday. Henry has rushed for 1,439 yards as a junior and scored 24 total touchdowns.
Henry's 123-yard performance in the win over Washington solidified why he is a legitimate Division I recruit. He has offers from Cincinnati, Maryland, Ohio State, Toledo and Pittsburgh just to name a few.
His focus for the time-being will be on his team.
"I went to the Pitt-Virginia Tech game and the Ohio State-Michigan game," Henry said. "As far as the recruiting, I'm not really paying attention to it this year, since this is my junior year. I'm just really trying to win the state championship, and focus on school. Probably around next year, and the end of this football season, I'll focus on that."
To advance to the PIAA Quarterfinal round, Henry and his teammates had to get by Shai McKenzie's Washington team. Henry and McKenzie are already two of the most heavily recruited athletes for the 2014 year. He said stopping McKenzie was the main focus of Aliquippa's gameplan. Henry also finished with six tackles on defense in the win over Washington.
"Shai McKenzie, he's a big running back, over 2,000 yards," Henry said. "We know we had to come in and stop him. If we stopped him, we could stop the offense. I met him a couple times before in the offseason. I know him. I'm familiar with him, and I played against him last year."
Though his team dominated Washington--a collective 505-yard output on the ground--Henry admits facing any team is never easy, nor do he and his teammates get over confident. Washington entered the game unbeaten, and knocked off previously undefeated South Fayette 26-14 the previous week. Still, Aliquippa came in and looked like a confident bunch as the game wore on.
"Truthfully, I get nervous before every game," Henry said. "You never go into a game, thinking you're going to blow a team out. We practice like its going to be a close game every game. I get nervous before every game.
"There's always room for improvement. We'll go into practice and work hard, make sure our grades stay up. The focus now is to be state champs."