By Tim Chambers
Bo knows football and Johnson County fans know Bo too. Bo Henson left his mark as one of the top players to ever wear a Johnson County uniform and fans remember it well.
His 1988 squad was the last team to host and win a home playoff game in Mountain City. He’s hoping to do it again in his first year as an assistant coach at the high school.
Henson will coach the wide receivers, a job he embraces. He touched on how that came about.
“Coach Don Kerley came to me late in the spring and asked if I would be willing to help,” said Henson. “I was excited about the opportunity. I didn’t have to think very long about it.”
Henson loves the football coaching staff that he’s become a part of. Don Kerley, Tom Kerley and Billy Heck were teammates of Bo’s on the ‘88 squad.
“It brings back a lot of memories, but it’s also exciting to share our football knowledge,” said Henson. “We love sharing it with our kids and the other kids on the team. We sometimes talk about things in the past. I don’t remember some of the things that they bring up and they don’t remember some of my stuff either. The best part of all is getting to coach such a great group of kids. I am just a small part of it. I hope to bring something to the table to help us get better. We’ve got a lot of kids who want to step up and work hard.”
One of those kids will definitely draw attention.
Will Henson is a freshman wide receiver and player that works his butt off in practice. Bo knows that it can be a difficult sometimes for his son.
“I’m harder on him at times than I am the others,” added Bo. “I want him to run the right routes, make the right cuts and go all out. I always try and treat all the players fair and do the right things. You always want to be a role model for them.”
Will is excited about playing for his dad. He knows that the bar has been raised high but is ready to tackle it.
“It’s an honor to play for him because he was such a good player. People expect more from me because of that. I want to live up to their expectations and take it on as a challenge. I’ve always wanted to be a good player. I want to help my team.
The three-sport athlete could be just what the doctor ordered later down the road after he gains valuable experience on the junior varsity and freshmen team. Coach Bo knows that it takes time.
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