Kettering (Ohio) Alter senior linebacker Mason Henry knows football is just a tool to higher education. After the Knights have suffered back-to-back losses to crosstown rival Kettering Fairmont the last two seasons, Henry and his senior teammates knew they needed to end the losing streak to the Firebirds.
“After two years of losing, everyone always doubted my class and thought we’d be the ones to lose to Fairmont,” stated Henry. “But two years ago, we lost to Fairmont and then again last year, so this year, we wanted to bring the streak back, so this win feels really good.”
Last season following the loss to Fairmont, Alter won thirteen straight games earning a trip to the Division III title game before falling to Kenston in the final. Henry feels the experience helped bring his class closer.
“My class is really tight,” he said. “We’ve come together and have some great chemistry which is important to us. So, the senior class has banded all the other classes together and that is what we have to do if we want to go all the way to state.”
In a program like Alter, some players have to wait until their junior or even senior years before getting on the field. For Henry, the past two years have been building for him to have a monster senior year.
“Last year I started as a junior (102 total tackles) and feel I had some good film,” explained Henry. “I’ve received some offers from Cornell, Rose-Hulman, Carnegie Mellon, Case Western and others. I’m just excited to play and enjoy my senior year and whatever comes will come.”
With the interest from high academic schools, Henry stressed the importance of education in his future.
“Education is important to me,” he said. “I’m looking for a school that has engineering because football is a small part of my life. My career is going to take me the rest of the way.”