As far as Hensley's concerned, that tactic's OK.
"I think people don't know about me on the run,'' Hensley said. "So that's what I did in the off-season - built up my speed on the run. Going to my left a lot. Hopefully it will keep defenses on their heels with that.''
Taylor thinks the maturation of Hurricane's line, with three returning starters, will pay dividends in keeping Hensley's uniform and passing lanes clean.
"A lot of people try to do that,'' Taylor said. "They bring pressure. But the difference between last year and this year is that our offensive line is another big step for us. Our offensive line is doing a much better job picking up blitzes now.
"We got beat inside a couple of times today, but about halfway through the second quarter, Beckley was kind of gassed, and we went on a 70-yard drive. But we just can't sit back there and throw the ball. We've got to run it, too, and [Hensley] knows that.''
Another three-year starter, running back Zach Pate, gives Hensley a complementary option either running or catching the ball. Against Woodrow, Pate caught fives passes for 85 yards, including a 53-yard rainbow from Hensley on Hurricane's first play, and carried five times for 31 yards. Another 31-yard run was negated by penalty.
"I don't know how many times we threw it today,'' Taylor said, "but sometimes we throw it too much.''
The temptation will be there to have Hensley sit back in shotgun formation and fire it up 40 times every game, especially with an improved line and a more-experienced QB.
"The difference between Austin two years ago and this year is 1,000 percent,'' Taylor said, "the way he reads and the confidence he has to make passes now. Two years ago, he would have shied away from top corners, and now he's not afraid to go after people.''
Hensley, after all, has started down a lot of opposing players, both on the football field and in baseball, where he doubles as a top pitcher for one of the state's best programs.
He said he welcomes the challenge of getting back to the playoffs and making up for past postseason misfortunes.
"It just makes me want to strive to do better,'' Hensley said, "and carry this team and be a better leader. And stay humble and hopefully lead us far into the playoffs this year.''In other MSAC scrimmage scores on Saturday, Spring Valley downed Parkersburg 28-9, Huntington topped George Washington 31-21 (after trailing 21-7 at halftime with starters on the field), Winfield beat Riverside 21-9 and Princeton blanked Nitro 47-0. In the final matchup, Cabell Midland defeated South Charleston 41-28. At halftime, SC trailed 28-21.