St. Edward's has been considered one of the better high school teams in the country since the beginning of the season. On Saturday, the Eagles defeated Huber Heights Wayne 31-21 in the division one Ohio State championship game.
"It was awesome," Henderson said. "I can't believe we did it. It's been my dream for my whole life to win a state championship in the toughest division in the country. We were put through so many things this season. It's unbelievable. We're blessed."
Henderson said he finished with "10 or 11" tackles, a sack and deflected a pass that led to an interception at a critical time when the game was tied at 14 in the middle of the third quarter. After the victory was clinched, he was able to hold the trophy. That was an emotional moment for Henderson.
"It was awesome," he said. "I started to cry. A feeling and a time in my life I'll always cherish and remember."
Despite the joy of accomplishing a dream, there was some sadness as the realization set in that Saturday's game was the last Henderson would play at St. Edward's. He spoke to his teammates following the victory.
"Just that I love them," Henderson said. "We're family. (I told them) I'm proud of them. Then I broke down crying. I love my team so much."
The goal now is for Henderson to bring his bond with his teammates, leadership and winning attitude with him to Syracuse in order to help them turn things around.
"I hate losing," he said. "I can't have it. You just got to believe you can be the best team on the field and have that brotherhood and anything is possible. I promise."