White rushes for 5 TDs, 291 yards as Senior Tigers rally by Cowboys
For one simple reason, Deer Park Senior Tigers running back Adam White turned in an outstanding game Saturday afternoon.
That reason? His teammates were in trouble, receiving a stern test from a salty La Porte Cowboys team.
Throw in the fact that the Tigers lost their starting quarterback to an injury in the first half and White had no choice but to carry his teammates on his slim shoulders if they wanted to up their record to 3-0.
So, carry them he did, rushing for the tremendous total of 291 yards to go with five touchdowns as the Tigers defeated the Cowboys 35-26 at Clyde Abshier Stadium.
The game will go down as one of the finest contests of the entire TIFI campaign. Two ties, two lead changes and 61 points by the two teams says it all.
When La Porte used the second play of the second half to come up with a 50-yard touchdown run, putting the Cowboys up 20-12 with the PAT, things looked dire.
But that’s when White really got cooking, reserving 170 of his 291 yards and three of his five touchdowns to help the team score 23 of the game’s final 29 points.
Maddox Schoultz became the emergency quarterback and the youngster clicked with White like the two boys have been handing the ball off to each other when they probably played football in each other’s backyard.
With Schoultz directing traffic in the Tigers backfield, there was just one fumble during the comeback and the Tigers recovered it.
The team started the rally with a nine-play, 59-yard scoring drive that ended with White scoring from 35 yards out.
Still down by two, Schoultz hooked up with Mason “Gummy Bear” Fuson for the two-point conversion to create a 20-20 deadlock.
The Tigers immediately got the ball back when they recovered the onside kick at the Cowboys’ 49 and White immediately chewed up all 49 yards, making it 27-20.
But that “comfortable” lead vanished in a flash as the the Cowboys employed the first play of their next series to find the end zone on a 49-yard run. The PAT failed and it was a one-point game again.
La Porte was doing something all afternoon long that so few TIFI teams do and that’s kick it deep on kickoffs. So either the Cowboys were doing it specifically to make the field longer for White or it’s what they do against all opponents.
So when the Tigers took over on their own 33, the Cowboys were hoping for a turnover before White broke loose one more time.
His 22nd and 23rd carries of the day got his teammates to midfield, before Logan Quinn gave him a rest with a pair of short gainers. White’s 24th through 27th running assignments deposited the team on La Porte’s 31-yard line and that’s when the kid did break loose for a dramatic 31-yard scamper to the end zone.
Schoultz and White then teamed up for a two-point conversion pass, clinching the comeback win.
White’s first-half touchdown runs went for three and 65 yards. His 65-yarder snapped a 6-6 tie. La Porte created that tie with a 50-yard scamper, sparked by a pitchout to the left side.
With the hard-earned victory in their backpocket, all concern turned to starting quarterback Landon Kieselhorst, who was favoring his left arm, specifically the forearm.
GAME NOTES: Coming off TIFI’s injured list was Tigers player Ryder Tettenhorst. During a whopping 14-play scoring drive for Deer Park’s first score, Tettenhorst, not White, had the longest run from scrimmage, an 11-yard gain. Depositing the team in the red zone was a beautiful on-the-money pass from Kieselhorst to Jackson Rorick, good for 25 yards. …Watching the game was Pasadena-First Baptist Christian Academy varsity quarterback Josh Ramos, who was still beaming over his freshman debut Friday night, helping the team to a 19-14 win over Sabine Pass High School.