The Powhatan defense had Kent Henry and the Western Albemarle offense right where it wanted them.
With 3:12 remaining in the game and the Indians clinging to a 36-30 advantage, the Warriors faced a fourth-and-three on the Indians 44-yard line. One final stop by the Powhatan defense would have, in essence, wrapped up the game and given the Indians a satisfying win over a team that defeated them 30-10 just one year ago.
Enter Henry, Western’s multi-dimensional senior playmaking quarterback who, at times, seemed like the only player between the white lines for the Warriors. Up until this point in the game, he had been typically dominant — both through the air and on the ground — and he wasn’t about to let such a petty inconvenience as a fourth down play with the game on the line spoil his team’s fun.
So, true to game-changing form, Henry took the snap, faked a hand-off to the right side, shimmied his way out of a few tackles, and shot up the Indians’ sideline for what ultimately became the game-winning touchdown*.
If a moment as dramatic and awe-aspiring as this happened to occur for the home team at, say, “the Jungle” in Louisa, perhaps a living person would have been fired out of the on-campus cannon at a dangerously high rate of speed.
But this was Western, after all, so those in attendance had to settle for a brief dose of enthusiastic hoo-rawing from the public address announcer, which, in the end, was probably the better alternative.
Henry’s last minute, gut-wrenching touchdown gallop took the axe to yet another outstanding performance from Powhatan’s rushing attack. The two main suspects — Logan Allen and L.J. Jackson — did most of the damage, combining for 309 of the Indians 311 yards on the ground. Both Allen and Jackson had touchdown runs of over 60 yards early in the game: Allen’s 62-yard sprint on a simple dive play put the Indians on top 7-0, and Jackson’s 72-yard jive session tied the game at 14 all.
Henry’s totals were, well, expectedly Henry-esque. Through the air, he was 16-of-30 for 179 yards and two touchdowns. On the ground, he ran 17 times for 145 yards (8.5 yards per carry) and two more touchdowns.
Interestingly enough, it was a rare second quarter mistake by Henry that almost allowed the Indians to escape Crozet with a victory. Powhatan corner back Chance Morris jumped a route and took Henry’s pass 31 yards to paydirt to tie the game at 21 with just over two minutes remaining in the first half. Henry would redeem himself in the second half, however, hooking up with Tre Banks for a seven yard touchdown pass and reeling off that 44-yard, game-winning touchdown run.
Lost in the shuffle was a solid performance by Powhatan quarterback Cambrun Graham, who finished 8-of-15 for 141 yards. Chance Morris, who is quickly becoming Graham’s favorite target, had another productive day at wide receiver, hauling in seven passes for 130 yards.
Powhatan will travel to Charlottesville (3-7) this Friday to wrap up the regular season, while Western will play Fluvanna at home.
*This wasn’t even the Warriors most dramatic victory of the season. That distinction belongs to a nail-biter against county rival Albemarle, a game which featured Henry connecting with Steven Hearn in the end zone on on the last play of regulation to secure a 41-39 road victory.