Deer Park Senior Tigers use second-half surge to pull away from Rams
Maybe Adam White was just trying to honor his dad’s football past. Or maybe it had nothing to do with dad and Adam just wanted to keep his feet moving because the Abshier Stadium turf was pretty toasty Saturday afternoon.
Whatever it was, the kid is off to a terrific start for the 2018 TIFI youth football season.
The Deer Park Senior Tigers running back rushed for 172 yards and two touchdowns in leading his teammates to a 20-0 victory over the Deer Park Rams in the season opener.
The Senior Rams will be putting in extra minutes at practice this week on recovering onside kicks because with the outcome still up in the air, the Tigers recovered two second-half onside kicks.
Not only did that give the Tigers a huge time of possession advantage, it kept White on the field.
Of his 172 yards, 78 of the yards arrived after those two onside kick recoveries by the Tigers special teams group.
It was a 0-0 score late in the third quarter when White broke loose.
On an outside run to his right, White rambled 60 yards for his first touchdown.
“I hit the corner and there was a little hole and I took it. The other kid wound up falling and it was wide open from there. Our team looked a lot better than we ever have. I just had a good feeling about today. I don’t know, I’m just sparked up about this year,” said White, who is the son of Bryan White, Deer Park’s 1994 First Team All-District wide receiver, who tallied 1,094 receiving yards that fall.
Quarterback Landon Kieselhorst’s two-point conversion pass to Mason Fuson added two important points but the score didn’t stay that way for long.
The first onside kick recovery led to an eight-play march to the end zone and a 14-0 lead.
Three consecutive White runs of three, 10 and 25 yards deposited the team at the one and after a penalty, White scored two plays later from four yards out.
Perhaps the neatest thing about White’s running style are the yards he collects after first contact.
The second onside kick recovery ate up the remainder of the fourth quarter as the Tigers went on a 10-play drive as White had runs of 12, six, 10 and four yards before Kieselhorst scored from four yards out.
The O-line of Jaylon Montgomery, A,J. Ayzienne, Miles Fletcher, Aiden Doxtader and Kyle McClelland pooled their blocking skills to keep the ball moving forward, grinding out yardage.
The only negative play was White’s one hiccup on the day when on the first play of the second half he fumbled but fortunately “Gummy Bear” Fuson recovered the ball, resulting in only a three-yard loss.
The Tigers caught a break in the opening minutes of the game when Rams quarterback Andrew Ramos spotted Isaiah Aguirre all alone in the Tigers secondary but the pass was dropped. If caught, it had TD written all over it.
Among the strong efforts defensively for the Tigers was the play of Jackson Rorick. On a third-down play, Rorick prevented a completed screen pass from doing any damage, making a nice open field tackle. In that same Rams possession, Rorick stuffed a ballcarrier for no gain.