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By JOEL COLEMAN
Plenty of adjectives were used last season to descibe Starkville Academy quarterback Kyle Henson.
Ackerman head coach Adam Dillinger dubbed Henson a "war daddy".
SA head coach Jeff Terrill often referred to his senior signal caller as simply a "leader."
Today, Henson can just be called an All-Star.
Henson, along with other premier players from the state, will take the field at 4 p.m. in Clinton for the annual Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Football All-Star Game.
"It's a great honor," said Henson of being selected. "The game will be fun, but the most fun part about this experience has been spending time with people that you've played against."
The game, played on the campus of Mississippi College, will feature a North versus South format and will be played under traditional high school football rules.
Henson will be a part of the North team for the showcase event and will use his versatility to play mainly cornerback for his squad rather than his traditional quarterback post.
"I really was only our quarterback this season because we didn't have anybody else, so I'll be at cornerback (today)," said Henson. "I might get to run the ball a couple of times, but not much."
Henson has already proven to MAIS coaches that he is a valuable commododity wherever he is placed on the football field.
Besides being assigned to the North All-Star team as a multi-positional athlete, Henson's athleticism actually earned him a spot as a first-team All-Conference running back in 2010.
The ability to affect the outcome of games in numerous ways has afforded Henson the chance to continue his football career beyond today's game, if he so chooses.
"I have opportunities but I don't know if I'll take it," said Henson. "I may have a greater chance at playing baseball, but Coach Terrill told me some junior colleges were interested if I was interested. I still have to make that decision, but this is the last high school game I'll ever play."
Still, Henson views today's game as almost secondary to the memories he's making alongside former foes turned teammates.
"Off the field, we get to hang out at the hotel and just get to know each other," said Henson. "We trade decals from our helmets and stick them on other guys' helmets so that's fun. Just stuff like that. It's fun just hanging out with everyone."