High School Football: Henry runs for 419 yards and 5TDs, Gans secures playoff spot
Jameson Henry has had some big games running the ball this season.
The Gans High junior quarterback saved his biggest game when it mattered most as Henry rushed for 419 yards and five touchdowns as Gans defeated host Arkoma 52-36 in a District B-6 game as the Grizzlies clinched the fourth and final playoff spot on Friday.
“He knew that if we could get the edge set and if he could get to the edge it was going to be a big night for him,” Gans coach Logan Beakley said. “They came out in that defense that we saw in film and were able to capitalize off that.”
Henry missed almost the entire fourth quarter of last week’s game against Porum with badly bruised hip.
The junior sucked up the pain and did everything he could to help Gans make the playoffs for a third-straight season.
“He was a heck of a leader,” Beakley said of Henry. “Made good decisions and didn’t turn the ball over. I’m real proud of him.”
Gans (5-5 overall, 2-3 B-6) was in a win and advance to the playoffs or lose and your season is over position heading into the contest.
Beakley praised Arkoma (2-8, 0-5) who was simply playing for pride in the game for giving Gans all they could handle.
“The final score didn’t really do the game justice,” Beakley said. “It was a battle all the way up until half through the third quarter then we took care of business after that.”
Gans led Arkoma 26-20 going into halftime.
Going into the game Beakley wasn’t sure how his team was going to respond after losing 30-16 to Porum the previous week.
The loss was tough on a lot of the team, mainly the seniors who were playing their final home game.
With the season on the line Gans came up big.
“I was proud of how the boys fought,” Beakley said. “Defensively our man coverage was really, really good. They threw the ball a lot and a lot more than I expected them to. Braxton Lee came up with some big plays and they challenged him a lot. I think he ended up with four deflections, five tackles and a pick at the end.”
Nick Philpot and Morgan Bradley both had rushing touchdowns and Drextyn Brown had a team-high 11 tackles in the win for the Grizzlies.
Gans will take on Wetumka (7-3) in their District B first round playoff matchup.
Kickoff is slated for a 7:30 p.m. start.
Wetumka won the District B-5 title this season.