BLANCHARD — Country music star Kenny Chesney beat Blake Henderson to the punch.
Henderson, a senior running back and linebacker for Bridge Creek, had been working on trying to incorporate football and country music into a song.
But Chesney came out with "Boys of Fall" recently so Henderson's project has to be put on hold.
Guess he'll have to go back to what he normally does — being one of the top running backs in the state.
Though the Bobcats are more known for quarterback Ryan Spangler, who threw for more than 3,100 yards and 33 touchdowns, and his host of receivers, Henderson put up some gaudy numbers of his own.
As a junior, Henderson rushed for more than 1,500 yards and 26 touchdowns. Scary thing? Bridge Creek has 21 starters back this year.
"This season is going to be a lot of fun," Henderson said. "I love what we do. We have a great power running game."
At 6-foot and 195 pounds, Henderson is perfect for what the Bobcats need on both sides of the ball.
And if football doesn't work, he's got one heck of a backup plan: country music.
Henderson began playing guitar more than eight years ago under his grandfather's tutelage. His current guitar came from his grandpa.
He never thought too much about it and was just having fun when an opportunity came around to audition for "America's Got Talent," a reality television show.
"We had no doubt he could do it," Spangler said. "He's just really good, and we wanted him to pursue his dream."
Henderson said he is a mix of classic country like Johnny Cash and George Jones and today's modern country style.
Tryouts were in Dallas in January and Henderson passed the test there. He was eliminated in the second round in Las Vegas.
"It was fun, but it was also really weird," Henderson said. "I had a lot of people supporting me, and I did my best."
The television show wasn't Henderson's first time performing, but it was certainly the biggest stage.
Henderson has played at area festivals and concerts. He played for about 300 people at a school fundraiser with his band, and for about 2,500 fans, singing the national anthem at the stock car races at State Fair Park.
Henderson said he's been writing his own songs since he was 9 years old, and it's something that comes naturally to him.
"You just take what happens in your life and put it in a song. It's about your experiences," Henderson said.
Henderson would love to write a song about Bridge Creek winning the 3A state championship this season.
The Bobcats are one of several 2A contenders making the jump up, but with all the talent back, there aren't too many concerns.
"We've come a long way as a team and as a program in the last few years," coach Jerry Wallis said. "This is an extremely special group of seniors, and I'm excited to see what they can do."