Calhoun High School hosted National Signing Day last Wednesday for four athletes that are signing to play at the collegiate level.
One of the big moments during signing day was Seniors Caleb Harrington and Heath Henke both signing to play football for Harding University together.
Harrington and Henke were the anchors of the Calhoun Sandcrabs Offensive Line, and their friendship extends off the field.
Harrington said his and Henke’s friendship began when he moved back from San Antonio, and he was the first friend he made on the field.
“We looked the same and were about the same height at the time,” Harrington said. “We always like mess with each other all the time, so over the years, we had a close bond.”
Henke said this year they got closer when he moved to the offensive line and started doing a lot more stuff together. He added he’ll go over Harrington’s house, and they’ll be working mornings and afternoons.
Harrington and Henke are nicknamed the Twin Towers, and Harrington said the name came from his mom.
“I would say that at school and the like, people just sort of catching on because it’s like the twin towers at the end of each side of the line,” Harrington said.
Harrington and Henke talked about playing together on the same team at Harding University and knowing they’ll be playing together once again.
“Words can’t really describe that feeling,” Harrington said. “It’s going to be amazing going to another college with someone that I know.”
Henke said about playing together with Harrington again at Harding, “It’s going to be fun.” They’ll have great memories together and get closer together.
Roger Saenz, the Sandcrabs offensive line coach, talked about his former linemen at signing day. He said a lot the credit for their hard work goes to them.
“The credit belongs to them because it was their hard work that allowed them to earn the scholarships that they have,” Saenz said. “And it was a blessing for me to coach guys like this.”
Saenz said there two things that he’ll miss from Harrington and Henke, and that is their work ethic and their leadership, and how they get the whole group to respond to them.
Sandcrabs Head Coach Richard Whitaker talked about Harrington and Henke and how much they impacted the offensive line.
“I’m so proud of those guys. They did so much for Calhoun High School,” Whitaker said. “They’ve worked extremely hard and gave us an opportunity to be successful these last couple of years, and they deserved this. They deserved an opportunity to better themselves, get their education, and get a chance to play at the next level.”
Harrington and Henke have set their goals when they play for Harding this fall. Harrington said he wants “dominate” on every played in front of him, and Henke said he wants to be stronger and faster and get better at doing everything.
Harrington will be studying business at Harding, and Henke is undecided about his course of study.