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West Shamokin grad still going strong

| Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2005

While in high school Trevor Henderson threw for more yards than anybody in Armstrong County history.

More yards than NFL quarterback Gus Frerotte, Arena League signal-caller Tim Levcik and even more than Hall of Famer Jim Kelly. Henderson was a four-year starter for West Shamokin and broke Kelly's mark of 3,915 career yards in the first game of his senior season.

And he hasn't missed a beat since graduation, taking his high-flying aerial attack to Hiram College, where he was heavily recruited head coach Mike Lazusky.

"We knew he had a successful high school career," Lazusky said. "It shows he has had an opportunity to be successful. He comes to me knowing how to read things and how things fit into place, a great plus, and it shows in his confidence. He doesn't get rattled easy. But you never know how a high school kid is going to make the transition."

Henderson has had no trouble with the transition.

In his three starts at the NCAA Division III school in Ohio, he has completed 45 of 92 passes for 524 yards, three touchdowns and a pair of interceptions. A true freshman, Henderson has a long way to go to break Hiram's school mark of 7,012 yards set by Ron Devorsky (1984-87) but his coach expects big things for the young quarterback.

"He has been a pleasant surprise as a freshman," Lazusky said. "We are expecting him to grow and continue to not make mistakes."

Last week, Henderson enjoyed his best game in a 7-2 win over Earlham College. He was 11 for 20 for 121 yards and the lone touchdown in Hiram's first win of the 2005 campaign.

Henderson, a business management major, was named the starting quarterback after the first game of the season. And he is loving every minute of it.

"College seems to be better than high school," Henderson said. "Playing on Fridays under the lights was fun but playing on Saturdays is better."

Lazusky and Henderson seem to fit together - a quarterback and a coach who both enjoy the passing game.

"One of the things we've been missing here is stability at that position," Lazusky said. "We need someone that doesn't get shaky easily. Someone who is coachable. Someone who will learn and grow. I think he definitely has the maturity level to succeed with us. He is capable of doing some good things here."

So far, the early part of his career has paralleled that of Levcik. The 1998 Ford City graduate went to Robert Morris where he took over the starting job for Joe Walton's Colonials early in his freshman season and went on to set every career passing record at the school, completing 537 of 970 for 7,222 yards and 76 touchdowns.

Now all he has to do is lock himself into the position the same way Levick did. Henderson is the third quarterback Lazusky has used in as many seasons.

"Coming from a passing school, I felt I could read better than the other QBs," Henderson said.

And he proved that by taking the starting job in the second quarter of the Terriers season opener.

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