Ellis Henderson returns to football, helps Montana win

Welcome back Ellis Henderson.

The Skyview graduate played a big role Saturday in Montana’s 38-35 win over top-ranked North Dakota State, the four-time defending FCS champion.

His 62-yard touchdown catch near the end of the third quarter tied the game at 28.

Henderson finished with seven catches for 133 yards, including a 12-yard reception on fourth-and-10 that brought Montana to the 1-yard-line in the final minute, setting up the winning touchdown.

But the significance of Henderson’s big game went way beyond the stat line.

Henderson missed most of last season due to a what was diagnosed as gastrointestinal illness. But it was much more than that. Henderson recently told The Missoulian that he battled severe depression and anxiety. He contemplated suicide at one point last year.

The junior was recently granted an extra year of eligibility on a medical hardship waver.

Ellis Henderson, it’s good to see you back on the football field. But more importantly, it’s great to see you healthy again.

Micah Rice

Micah Rice

Columbian Sports Editor Micah Rice is the author of Tailgate Talk: College football from a Clark County perspective.

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