September 12, 2008

Henderson planning visits?

Dallas Carter has been a longtime power at the Class 5A level, the largest in the state of Texas, and defense has always led the way for the Cowboys.

Although this year marked a change for Carter with a move down to Class 4A, other things have remained the same. The Cowboys once again have one of the best defenses in the Metroplex and, as usual, have one of the area's best defenders in Texas A&M defensive tackle commit Chris Henderson.

"The defense is what is doing it." said the 6-foot-2, 280-pound Henderson of his team's start. "We've been nailing them down."

The Cowboys are currently 2-0 after non-district wins over Waco University and Lancaster and will face Fort Worth O.D. Wyatt on Friday night. The versatile Henderson has been a big part of the defense's' success with two sacks and six tackles in his first game and, by his count, four sacks and ten tackles in his most recent one.

"I'm playing defensive tackle and I can go to strong left or strong right," said Henderson. "That's where the nosetackle is shaded to the weakside and I'm shaded strong. We can switch and flip. I know his plays and he knows my plays, so we're good with that, but the nosetackle gets doubled and tripled too much. At tackle, it's just you and that guard one-on-one and that's all me.

"I get my sacks on third-and-long when I'm rushing. I can do that all day. I grab the guard by the shoulder pads, push his arm down and then just go. On third down, I don't have an assignment. The coaches just tell me to go and make plays."

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