Kentridge athlete revels in victory

Joey Henley is a 6-4, 210-pound TE/DE prospect from Kent (Wash.) Kentridge and the Chargers took care of business Friday night as they dealt the defending state 4A champs Kentwood a blow to their hopes of repeating with a 22-20 win at French Field in Kent.

"It feels great to get the pads back on," Henley told Dawgman.com. "Just to go out there and hit somebody...it's one of the greatest feelings in the world." Joey liked going up against Washington verbal commit Tahj Bomar. "He's tough. He's a great athlete and has a nose for the ball."

Henley and the Chargers will certainly move up in the 4A polls. Before Friday night's game, Kentridge was ranked 8th in the state and the Conquerors 4th.

Henley is splitting time between DE and TE. "I'm being recruited more as an end, but some are starting to recruit me as a tight end also," Joey said. "I like scoring touchdowns, but I like sacking the quarterback too." Henley's long arms were key to preserving Kentridge's win Friday, as he had a couple of passes defended at the line of scrimmage. His energy and active style of play is sure to get more colleges on the lookout for his highlight tape.

The recruiting attention is already starting to heat up. "Yesterday I talked to a coach from Nevada and the day before I talked to Coach (Randy) Hart," he said. Henley is definitely someone to watch out for this fall, so remember his name.

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