From many, there will be one. And while there’s still no guarantee contending athletes will win their own state at this point in the season, a number of elite performers are making a case for Gatorade National Football Player of the Year consideration. Here’s the scoop on the latest top candidate.
Junior running back, South Panola (Batesville, Miss.)
Greatness Present: At 5-foot-10 and 190 pounds, Darrell Henderson does not seem to mind taking a pounding for South Panola High. The junior running back carried the ball 39 times for 229 yards and a score Friday night in a hard-fought 14-8 win over Tupelo (Miss.). For the season, Henderson has rushed for 1,303 yards and 16 touchdowns on 182 carries. He also has three TD catches for the Tigers (8-1) and has returned a punt and kickoff for scores.
Greatness Past: Henderson powered South Panola to the 2012 Class 6A state title game, carrying the ball 39 times for 214 yards and two TDs in a 31-23 win over Brandon.
Greatness Future: Henderson is just a junior.
Make no mistake: The Gatorade State Football Player of the Year races aren’t over, and the National POY race is now heating up. Time remains for one standout student-athlete among thousands to rise to the top of our list.Check back for daily updates on the top contenders making their case.