Gold - Blue Players of the Game
Chris Henry
Chris Henry

Posted Apr 17, 2004

On a day filled with some big stats, two Mountaineers stood a bit taller than the rest to earn our player of the game honors.

Wide receiver Chris Henry's 13 catches for 200 yards and a touchdown might be a spring game record, and pushed him past several other excellent performances to win our offensive honors.

Henry caught every kind of pas sin the Mountaineer offense. Deep balls, crossing routes, screens - lank number five was there to make the catch 13 times.

Henry again displayed his breathtaking athletic ability with several leaping catches over defensive backs, including one tiptoe number along the sideline. However, he may have saved his best for his scoring grab.

On a pass from Dwayne Thompson, Henry followed the ball as it was deflected by defensive back Antaun Rose, then cooly grabbed it as he planted both feet inside the back line of the end zone to give his Gold team a tying touchdown.

Other offensive players with great numbers included quarterback Charles Hales (11-14, 153 yards, 1 TD), receiver John Pennington 9 catches, 125 yards) and superback Kay Jay Harris (15 carries, 96 yards, 2 TDs).

Defnesively, a number of players put high high tackle numbers, including linebacker Brad McClung, (13), safety Ridwan Malik (10) and adefensive back Davanzo Tate (8). However, linebacker Bobby Hathaway snared the spotlight, and our defensive honors, with the kind of performance that has made the coaching staff sit up and take notice this spring.

Hathaway, a walk-n from Carmichaels, Penn., was all over the field, recording six tackles, a sack, and a fumble recovery. Hathaway, who has been making big plays all spring, came up with two more during Saturday's scrimmage.

Hathaway ran down quarterback Dwayne Thompson on a rollout for a loss of eight yards, and later pounced on a Thompson fumble to thwart another Gold team drive.

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