In the Redskins' 41-21 win versus Princeton, Hensley completed 16 of 27 passes for 301 yards and five touchdowns. Meanwhile, Hurricane rushed 26 times for 121 yards, all without the team's leading rusher senior Zach Pate, who left the game in the first quarter with a bruised knee.
Pate is expected to return to the backfield this week, though, Taylor said, along with Caperton Humphreys, who carried the load last week with Pate sidelined.
The key to Hurricane's offensive success, however, will be in providing time for Hensley against Midland's defensive front.
"We have to protect Austin," Taylor said. "If we can't protect him, it's not going to matter. The thing is everybody thought they brought the house against us last year, they really didn't. They brought four, five.
"Princeton, last week, brought five and six and seven at times and we were able to protect him for the most parts, so if we can protect Austin, we have a chance. If we can't, it's going to be a long day for the Hurricane Redskins."
Should Hurricane supply that protection and the Redskins leave Midland with a win, the team will greatly improve its playoff resume, Taylor said.
"Most importantly, a win against them would set us up for that playoff run we're trying to make," he said. "You've got to beat those teams you're supposed to beat and you have to win a few of those games that could go either way. A very wise coach once told me that.
"A win against them would be what they call a 'quality win.' We got one so far against Princeton. I really think they're going to be in the playoffs, but a quality win against a team that was in the state championship game last year, it would be big time for us."
The opportunity awaits and while the outcome is far from certain, the style of play is to be expected against Midland, Taylor said.
"They're going to be tough to stop, we just have to be ready to be physical with them," he said. "They're going to punch us in the mouth and we have to punch them back."