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Player of the Week: White got catches, didn’t get the victory
BROOKE POINT RECEIVER HAS BIG NIGHT, BUT WHAT HE REALLY WANTED WAS A WIN AGAINST PATRIOT
BY TAFT COGHILL JR.
Brooke Point senior wide receiver Tyus White received a bit of encouragement from his friend DaeSean Hamilton last week.
White and the Black–Hawks opened the season with a 40–0 loss to Osbourn, and White recorded just five catches for 40 yards.
“He told me to bounce back,” White said of the advice from Hamilton, a Mountain View senior wide receiver. “He told me to do what I do, and get the ‘W.’”
Hamilton didn’t expect his best friend to take the advice so literally.
Brooke Point didn’t get a victory on Friday in a 38–27 loss to Patriot, but White certainly recovered individually.
He recorded 10 catches for 252 yards and two touchdowns to earn Free Lance–Star Player of the Week honors.
Hamilton racked up 126 yards of his own in Mountain View’s win over Osbourn. However, he was still bit perturbed by White’s performance.
“He was kind of mad I got 252, but I also know he was happy for me,” White said. “I always listen to his advice, but he told me, ‘I didn’t mean for you to go off like that.’”
White scored on receptions of 53 and 57 yards. Brooke Point quarterback Alex Cox passed for 313 yards and three touchdowns.
Still, the Black–Hawks (0–2) were left despondent over a setback to a team playing its first-ever varsity contest.
White said Brooke Point has some work to do defensively before it opens the Commonwealth District season on Friday at home against Riverbend.
“Our defense is not too good against the run right now,” White said. “Our defensive backs are doing the best we can on the pass, but we just need to get better as an overall defense.”
White gained his yards in a variety of ways on Friday. He caught long passes and he turned short throws into big plays with his speed and quickness.
He said the connection he and Cox have forged should bode well for the Black–Hawks during district play.
But in order to truly appreciate his individual statistics he’d rather games like Friday take place during victories, rather than defeats.
“It’s a big accomplishment for me and Alex because we work hard on all these routes, and I trust him to give me the ball,” White said. “But we didn’t get the victory, so it doesn’t really matter.”
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This season’s Free Lance–Star football players of the week:
Week 1: Javonte Latney, Massaponax
Week 2: Tyus White, Brooke Point