By Doug Gorman
Henry County football player Ron Windham forgot to wear his Superman cape Friday night in his team's game against rival Eagle's Landing.
That didn't stop the sophomore from turning in a heroic effort in the Warhawks' 21-7 Region 3-AAAA North victory in the Golden Eagles' backyard.
Windham never left the field, scoring two offensive touchdowns while rushing for 101 yards on 16 carries.
On the other side of the ball, Windham intercepted two passes and recovered a fumble.
"This was a great win for us," said Windham. "We are starting to gel as a football team. There is a lot of unity on this team, and we all stick together. This is a benefit from the hard work that started when it was really hot and we were out there practicing in August."
For Henry County's seniors, it was the first win over ELHS of their careers.
"Our seniors are the cornerstone of this football team," said head coach Mike Rozier. "This was a great win for us. Now we need to take the next step. It fine to beat teams in the county, but we need to step it up and beat somebody else in the region."
Henry County (3-4, 2-1 in Region 3-AAAA North) took a 14-0 lead in the first half, executing its ball-control offense to near perfection in the first half. The Warhawks out-gained the Golden Eagles 149 to 24 in the first half, and held Eagle's Landing (1-6, 0-4) to just two first downs in the first two quarters.
Even after the Warhawks' 18-play 70-yard drive resulted in no points in the first half, they managed to bounce back on their next drive for the first score of the game.
The Warhawks navigated their 61-yard scoring drive in just six plays, highlighted by runs of 16 and 15 yards from Homer Henderson,
Windham capped the drive with his first score of the game on a 10-yard run with 4:04 remaining in the first half.
Windham put the Warhawks back in business less than a minute later with his first interception of the game, returning it to the Eagle's Landing 15.
Henry took a 14-0 lead into the locker room at the break with Henderson's 4-yard score.
Eagle's Landing's best drive of the night came to open the second half as the squad marched 75 yards resulting in the team's only score.
Quarterback Marcus Williams had several key runs on the drive to pick upfirst downs along the way.
A pass interference and a personal foul also helped the Golden Eagles' set up T.J. Tennant's 10-yard run that cut the Warhawks' lead to 14-7.
But Henry County stormed back 67 yards on its opening drive of the second half as Windham's 2-yard run capped the game's scoring.
Eagle's Landing put one more long drive together marching from its own 24 deep into Henry County territory. Williams completed back-to-back passes to Johnny Thompson and Alex Paquette, but the scoring threat ended with Windham's leaping interception in the end zone.