Kenyon Oblad lifts team to national title

Playing an intensely challenging schedule, the Henderson (Nevada) Cowboys the road early and lost their opening game in Southern California and dropped their third game on a trip to Dallas. Other than that, it was very smooth sailing for the eighth grade team led by quarterback Kenyon Oblad.

The Cowboys settled down nicely after some early bumps and wound up running off 14 straight wins while closing the season with a 51-8 win over the Snake River (Idaho) Panthers in the Thanksgiving National Tournament title game. Oblad threw 5 touchdown passes in the championship game to spark the big win.

“This season, it was probably the most fun I’ve had playing football,” Oblad said. “We traveled to California and Texas for games and then we got to play the regular season and they we went into the tournament. Just bonding with all my teammates and improving throughout the season, it’s something I’ll always remember.”

League MVP honors

Oblad sparked Henderson to a 15-2 overall record by passing for over 3,200 yards and a whopping 52 touchdowns. He was also voted his league’s MVP. “I was really excited because I didn’t think I was going to win it,” Oblad said.

Year in and year out, the Henderson Cowboys are always competitive, and this season was no exception. Switching to a spread offense this year, the eighth grade Cowboys scored 40 or more points in a game 11 times.

“I would say switching to the spread offense really helped me,” Oblad said. “Before, we didn’t really run an offense that passed a lot. It was basically I-formation, run left, run right. This year, we changed to the spread and I really liked it. I did a lot better. I like the offense because it’s passing based and it revolved around the quarterback and I like leading the team down the field.”

Oblad heads into high school next year, and he is already well prepared to play at a more competitive level. “My goal is to make JV next year,” the 5-foot-10, 140-pounder said. “If I can play varsity that would be great. But I’d be really happy with JV next year and then playing varsity as a sophomore.”

After his banner eighth grade season, Oblad is going back to NFA camps for the fifth straight year. “They’ve been a tremendous help for me,” he said. “They’ve helped improve my mechanics and they’ve taught me a lot about reading coverages.”