“We have an awful lot of seniors, but an awful lot are playing Cass for the first time other than on some special teams here and there. It’s going to be different.”
Cass also is breaking in a lot of new players this season following heavy graduation losses. The Kings beat the Tigers 35-14 last season on their way to an 11-2 record.
“It’s a little different Cass team,” Hendryx said. “They’re not as big as they’ve been, but I think they’re as quick or quicker than I’ve seen them for awhile. They really run to the ball well defensively. Offensively, we run a very similar offense, and I think they have very impressive guards. The [Cody] Campbell kid might be the best lineman in the conference. They present a lot of challenges.
“And I don’t put a lot of stock into last week. I’ve been on the end of those games. Once it starts snowballing, you can’t stop it.”
Northwestern is coming off a 40-6 victory over North Miami. The game was called early because of lightning.
“I’m really pleased with the progression we made from Week 1 to Week 2,” Hendryx said. “We made a lot of changes after the first week. We thought we needed to get more skill guys involved. We now have a freshman quarterback [Trey Richmond]. It’s not because our senior quarterback [Logan Macaluso] was not doing well, it’s because we had a little bit of a problem at the running back spot so we put him there. He’s big and physical and that made a huge difference last week. I couldn’t be any prouder of Macaluso and how he’s taken the change.
“We had five different guys carry the football last week and that’s pretty much going to be our norm. We’re playing with different combinations at different places. Moving him allows us to do that.”