Friday, November 19, 1999

Small back makes big impact for Edgewood

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Appearances can be deceiving. Take David White, a 5-foot-7, 160-pound senior tailback for Edgewood who puts fear in every opponent this season.

        “When we take the field, some people think it's out junior varsity team because of our size,” Edgewood coach Steve Channell said. “But when the whistle blows, that's when everyone knows it's the varsity.

        White, one of three Cougar backs who have rushed for more than 1,000 yards in 12 games, isn't intimidated by opponents, most who outweigh the Cougars by an average of 50 to 75 pounds.

        “It's not the size of the body but the size of the heart that matters,” White said. “Everyone on this team plays with a lot of heart and that's why we've been successful.”

        Going into tonight's Division II, Region 8 championship game against Lebanon, White has rushed for 1,450 yards with his younger brother, Ryan, at 1,140 and fullback Danny Beiser at 1,063, going over 1,000 last week against Chillicothe.

        Since breaking into football eight years ago, White has only played one position, tailback, with much of the success coming from quickness and speed.

        “When I was in grade school, I was always faster than everyone,” White said. “But as I got older, the other kids caught up and I've had to work hard to improve.”

        Running behind a line that averages only 190 pounds, White has the ability to find the hole, get through it and break into the opponent's secondary.

        “When David's getting through, there's someone blocking for him,” Channell said. “He's an instinctive runner who makes the right cuts. This is something you can't teach.”

        As a junior, White scored 24 TD's and rushed for 1,787 yards. This year with three backs over 1,000 yards, White's production is down.

        “David has a lot less carries because of Danny (Beiser), Ryan (White) and (quarterback) Brandon (Osborne),” Channell said. “Last year, David carried the burden. This year, we have four guys which makes us a better team.”

        When not running the ball, White is an excellent blocker.

        “It's a thrill throwing a block that gets Danny or Ryan loose,” White said. “But that's how everyone on the team is like. We play as a unit.”

        During the off season, White trained under Mike Ferguson at Tower Station Athletic Club in Middletown.

        “I put on about 10 pounds, lifted five days a week and also ran everyday,” White said. “I'm much stronger and when hitting someone trying to tackle me, I run over them.”

        During the two previous playoff games, White has been unstoppable.

        He scored four TD's in a first round game against McNicholas and added four more against Chillicothe while rushing for 291 yards on 32 carries.

        “Finding the holes isn't that difficult,” White said. “We practice everyday and after awhile, you seem to know where the offensive line will open them.”

        After every game, Ryan White, David White and Beiser are quick to hand out accolades to the offensive line that is small (average 195 pounds) but extremely quick.

        “Most of the guys on the line are juniors,” White said. “They sustain the block long enough until be get through. Without them, we wouldn't be undefeated.”

        The linemen White referred to are Chris (Big O) Oliver, Brian Rudd, Jimmy Cassidy, Jessie Scott and Anthony Dawes.

        White pointed to better team chemistry this season as another key ingredient.

        During the past 12 games, the Cougars have averages 330 yards rushing.

        Tonight against Lebanon in the Division II, Region 8 championship game at Welcome Stadium, the Cougars will attempt to become the first football team in the school's history to reach the state semifinals.

        They have reached the regional championship the past two season but fell short, losing to Badin and Purcell Marian.


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