While the Henry County High School varsity football team has been on a roll to finish the regular season at 8-2 and win the Class 3-A District Four title, the junior varsity squad has been equally impressive.
The younger players had a 6-1 record this season and won the conference championship on Oct. 24 with an 8-0 victory over Grant County in the finals. The JV program is making that transition from middle school to varsity much easier. Ray Isaacs is the team’s head coach and coaches defense; Cliff Dawson coaches offense. There were 21 freshmen and seven sophomores.
“They went above and beyond my expectations for this year,” Isaacs said. “Basically, we were so young that I didn’t know what to expect. Every kid was a key player for us and they all did whatever we asked of them.”
The conference had six teams: Henry, Grant, Owen County, Carroll County, Trimble County and Pendleton County. After a five-game schedule, the top-four teams based on overall record advanced to a season-ending tournament. Henry was 4-1 and earned the top seed, Grant was the second seed, Owen the third seed, Carroll the fourth seed, and Trimble and Pendleton did not advance.
During the regular-season, Henry defeated Trimble (40-2) on Aug. 31 and Grant (21-20) on Sept. 10, lost to Carroll (21-12) on Sept. 17, and defeated Pendleton (70-0) on Sept. 24 and Owen (14-13) on Oct. 1. Isaacs said his team did not have all of its players in the Carroll loss due to a rescheduling conflict.
In the tournament, hosted by Grant, Henry defeated Carroll (21-0) on Oct. 8 in a contest that was called after the first half due to the weather. In the finals against Grant two weeks later, Henry got a safety and Dakota Isaacs ran in a 45-yard touchdown carry to give Henry the 8-0 victory.
“I was impressed with all of our players,” said Isaacs, whose team is still waiting on a trophy for winning. “It was great that we were able to play for something. Personally, I’m excited for this group of players.”
Dakota Isaacs, who backs up Luke Magness at the varsity level, was the team’s starting quarterback. Connor Johnson and John Allgeier were the running backs, and Tommy Farris, Shelby Wardrup and Brent Raisor were the wide receivers. The offensive line included Ben Ingabrand, Jesse Adams, Jacob Yount, Alex Miles and Joseph Beasley. Defensively, the squad was led by linebackers Wardrup, Adams, Nick Magness and Tyler Craigmyle. The defensive line included Beasley, Alex Day, Kyle Downey and Marus Box. And the secondary included Farris, Dustin Duncan, Kyle Stewart and Brock Fish.
“It was a great experience for our young kids,” HCHS head varsity coach Chris Engstrand said. “The Henry County football future is pretty bright with that bunch.”
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