L-E’s Damian Henderson celebrates Senior Night with 5 TDs against Life Waxahachie

Liberty-Eylau's District 8-4A Division II showdown with Pleasant Grove blemished by injuries to Hawks' Landon Jackson, and L-E's Damian Henderson and J.J. Hampton.


Liberty-Eylau’s Damian Henderson celebrated Senior Night in a big way Friday at Harris Field against Life Waxahachie.

Henderson rushed for a career-high 242 yards and scored five touchdowns to rally the Leopards past Life Waxahachie, 49-21.

The Leopards were caught sleep-walking most of the first half and fell behind 21-8. L-E scored three touchdowns in the final five minutes of the second quarter to take a 28-21 advantage. The Leopards would end up scoring 41 unanswered points.


Damian Henderson rushes for 242 yards

Henderson scored on runs of 16, 5, 52 and 52 yards. He also caught at 36-yard touchdown pass.

It was L-E’s defense scoring first in the game. Takylan Hampton intercepted a Mustang pass and returned it 32 yards for a touchdown with 8:27 left in the first quarter.

The Mustangs would answer with 21 straight points.

Running back Elyjah Berry scored on a 2-yard run with 7:01 remaining in the opening period. Berry raced 57 yards early in the second quarter for another six points. Dreylon DeQuire scored the Mustangs final touchdown with 8:31 left in the first half.

Henderson’s first two touchdowns would follow, and Se’maj Rose scored from 17 yards on a double-reverse with 39 seconds left before intermission. Sophomore quarterback Jaydin Hampton played well for the winners.

The win was Liberty-Eylau’s third straight. The Leopards travel to Van next week for their final tuneup before district play.