Erie Strong Vincent's "Super Mario"

Erie Strong Vincent head coach Tom Cacchione will have a lineup this season that could feature as many as four Division-1A prospects. Combine those with the other two Erie super powers, Erie Cathedral Prep and Erie McDowell, and District 10 AAAA football will be alive and well in 2004.

Potentially the best of them all could be RB Mario Henry 5-11, 200 4.4 and a 40" vertical. During his junior season Mario rushed 141 times for 1002 yards, and 19 touchdowns.

The most impressive thing about that according to his coach, "We run a wing-t so we spread the ball around. If I just gave him the ball his stats would be astronomical." said Cacchione

Perhaps as equally impressive as his football credentials is his ability in the weight room. Henry benches 450, Dead lifts 540, and squats 320. He currently owns 4 state power-lifting records in the 16-17 year old 198-pound weight class. His goal is to now eclipse a national record at an upcoming contest at Villa Maria High School in Erie.

Henry is getting interest from Michigan, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Virginia, West Virginia, and Syracuse. His favorites are Michigan, Pittsburgh, and Penn State.

Pitt Insider interview with RB Mario Henry

What camps do you plan on attending?

"Right now I am going to Penn State, Michigan, and possibly Pittsburgh and Syracuse."

How would you describe your playing style?

"I am very competitive, hard nosed, and I am enthusiastic, I like to play the game."

What are your goals for this season?

"2,000 yards and 25 touchdowns."

What players in college or the pros do you like to watch?

"Ahman Green and Terrell Owens"

Hopefully minus the pom poms, right?

"Yeah, no pom poms, I just like their competitiveness."

What are the things you look at when finding the right program?

"The head coach, how he relates to the players. A solid program, and a good education."

Do you participate in any other sports?

"I run the 100 and 200 in track."

When do you hope to decide?

"Hopefully before the season."

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