Out of Loyola, big Henry clearing way at Wake Forest



October 09, 2002|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

Could Blake Henry and the Wake Forest football team be headed for bigger and better things now that they've invaded Atlanta and stunned a Georgia Tech squad that was a two-touchdown favorite, 24-21?

"We have everything in place to have a good season," said Henry, a massive senior right guard out of Loyola High. "We have the talent, the experience and the coaches who believe in us."

Henry, who is 6 feet 6, 301 pounds, made those comments in a preseason diary he kept for the school's Web site.

He is considered one of the top offensive linemen (ranked No. 22 in the preseason by Sporting News) in the nation and he keeps proving his value every week.

Three weeks ago, he was named the Atlantic Coast Conference's Lineman of the Week after the Demon Deacons beat Purdue, 24-21, behind Henry's superb play. He was in the game for every one of his team's 83 snaps, had 18.5 knockdowns, and was graded at 93 percent.

In the big victory over the Yellow Jackets, Henry threw a block that opened a huge hole on the right side for Tarence Williams, who scored almost untouched on fourth-and-two from the 10 for what proved to be the deciding touchdown with 5:29 left.

Henry and the rest of the Deacons' offensive line allowed no sacks in the Georgia Tech game for the third time this season.

Also, that line has cleared the way for Wake to rush for 246.7 yards a game, which places the Deacons eighth in the nation in rushing offense this week.

Iachini lifting York

Freshman Ashley Iachini (Mercy) is turning a lot of heads at York College these days.

Iachini is the runaway scoring leader on the women's soccer team, with nine goals and two assists for 20 points for the 7-4 Spartans. She has three game-winning goals and is 2-for-2 on penalty kicks.

Outlaw gets nod again

Villanova freshman wide receiver J.J. Outlaw is scheduled to make his second start of the season tomorrow when the 5-1 Wildcats play host to Penn.

Outlaw, a former All-Metro first-team pick from Mount St. Joseph, has one catch for 12 yards and has carried five times for 51. The Wildcats are ranked No. 6 in Division I-AA.

Lacey comes through

Jennifer Lacey (Notre Dame Prep) is only a freshman, but she is quickly developing a reputation as a clutch player for the Denison field hockey team. Lacey scored two game-deciding goals two weeks ago, running her team scoring lead (six goals, one assist) to 13 points.

She was chosen the North Coast Athletic Conference Player of the Week.

Junior Meg Myers (Severn) has played in all 11 games for Denison (8-3).

Et cetera

Washington and Lee sophomore wide receiver Taylor Callahan leads the team in receptions (14), receiving yards (196) and touchdowns (six). While Callahan (McDonogh) is starring on offense for the 2-2 Generals, junior linebacker Ben Krasnoff (Towson) is having a standout year on defense. Krasnoff had 12 tackles and forced a fumble in last week's 7-3 victory over Randolph-Macon.

Senior Shepherd outside hitter Kim Pirisino (John Carroll) had a huge night last Tuesday in a 3-1 volleyball victory over District of Columbia. She had 24 kills, 10 digs and seven assists, running her season total in 85 games to 275 kills.

Central Connecticut State sophomore quarterback Scott Dolch (Finksburg) completed 21 of 44 passes for a career-high 336 yards and two touchdowns in a 30-27 victory over Gannon on Saturday. He was named the Northeast Conference Offensive Player of the Week.

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