Q'Daryius McHenry returns an early kickoff during the Cougars' game at Bowling Green in September.

(Corey Turpin | GC News-Gazette)
Q'Daryius McHenry returns an early kickoff during the Cougars' game at Bowling Green in September.

(Corey Turpin | GC News-Gazette)

The Grayson County High School football team will be in postseason action this weekend competing for the 2018 Class 5A KHSAA Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl.

That's something many people wouldn't have thought possible this year. The Cougars had only won two games in the past two years but they quickly turned a corner this season. Grayson finished with a 7-3 record, their best since 2014.

The main catalyst for this unexpected turnaround has been a sophomore, Q' Daryius McHenry. He has exploded a stagnated offense this year leading the team in both rushing and receiving.

The Cougars are averaging 28 points a game this year, up 12 points from last year, and have yet to be held scoreless. The main reason for that has been McHenry.

He accounts for 18 of the 37 Cougar touchdowns this year, and 51 percent of the team's total yards on offense.

On the ground, he leads the Cougars with 1,141 rushing yards and 15 scores. That is only 202 yards less than Grayson's team total last season, but what makes him dangerous is his ability to find the end zone.

Grayson only had nine rushing touchdowns last year but have drastically changed that this year getting 29. McHenry has more than half of them and the attention he brings from the defense has opened the lane for the others to score as well.

Yet despite his huge effect on the running game, it's not the only place his presence is felt.

The Cougars only had 186 yards through the air in 2017, this year they have raised the number to 715. McHenry has been the main reason for that, caching 389 yards with three touchdowns.

Grayson's offense goes as the sophomore goes; his insertion to the team has made their offense explode. He has totaled 122 points so far, averaging 15 points a game, that's more than the total Grayson offense the last two years.

This all comes on top of his defensive duties. He is currently the starting safety and has accounted for 27 tackles this year with three of them coming for a loss and one interception. McHenry has come into this team and made his mark.

He continued adding to his numbers, while trying to extend the Cougar's year with a win over Graves County last night. He has already made a huge impact only has a tenth grader.