Henderson with everything except a state title ring on his way out.
Even without the ring, Henderson was able to leave his name all over the record books this season.
“I never had the stats in mind. I just wanted to go out on a good note and get a state championship ring with all of my friends,” Henderson said. “We came up short of that, but we had a great season and we tried our best to get there.”
He finished this year with 84 receptions for 2101 yards and 29 receiving touchdowns. He also had a passing touchdown in the state championship. At the end he had the 3A career receptions record (164), 3A single-season receiving yards record (2101), 3A career receiving yards record (3665), AIA season receiving touchdown record (29) and the 3A career receiving touchdown record (42).
“We didn’t know anything about it (the records),” he said. “I remember coach told us the day before it was going to be in the paper that I was close to five state records. He literally told us the night before. That was the first I heard about it. It was exciting. He told us all of the great things would come if we just played as a team and tried our best.”
His 2101 receiving yards were good for third in the country, per MaxPreps. He was also named 3A conference player of the year. Coincidentally, his quarterback, junior Gage Reese, was named the AIA 3A offensive player of the year after 64 touchdowns through the air.
Henderson also made the all-region team as a defensive back as he led the AIA in interceptions with 10.
Since he only had two games without touchdowns, there weren’t very many off games for him, but he did have a defining game in the state title for
the Shamrocks. The team had one of its lowest offensive outputs of the year, but Henderson made some plays to keep them in the game.
He had a punt return for a touchdown, but he also threw a touchdown on a trick play late in the game and had an early receiving touchdown. The team ultimately fell in the game, but it was exciting until the end.
“You always know you have a chance on third-andlong when you have J.R. on the field,” Stallworth said.
Henderson is still weighing options on where he will play next season in college, but he does plan to play somewhere.
“We’re just trying to process it and trying to get through it,” he said. “We’re trying to figure out where I have opportunities to go. It’s really exciting to go from being a little kid dreaming of this to starting to be recruited and going through that whole process.”