White Ends Career with Title

Tar Heel pledge Johnny White capped off one of the most prolific high school careers in the history of the state with the ultimate team accomplishment – a state championship.

"It's a great feeling, I can't explain it," said White. "We worked so hard for it in the off-season so all that hard work paid off."

After White tied the game up with a two-yard touchdown run before the end of the first quarter, Asheville was kept out of the end zone until late in the fourth quarter when a trick play ultimately resulted in a 13-10 victory over East champion Western Alamance.

"We got down earlier and we were getting frustrated, but the seniors had to step up and keep the team up," said White. "I was just telling everybody that we just needed one big play and the defense would do the rest. I think the defense stepped up big time like they've done all year long."

Facing one of the better defenses in the state and playing with a high ankle sprain, White had one of his worst statistical games of the season. The 5-foot-10 190-pound tailback rushed 16 times for 55 yards and one touchdown.

"It was frustrating, but I knew it was going to be one of those types of games," said White. "I'm still not 100 percent with my ankle, so I knew I wasn't going to have a real big game. We got the victory and it feels good."

With his senior season complete, White will wrap-up his recruitment by taking his lone official visit to North Carolina in the upcoming weeks. During his official stay, White hopes to get a better idea of the Tar Heels' tailback situation.

"I'm not sure about [the tailback situation], yet," said White. "I'll probably go talk to them about that a little bit later. I'm not sure if I'll play early, if I'll redshirt or not, I'm just not sure of the situation."

In addition to White, North Carolina owns verbal commitments from tailbacks Anthony Elzy and Aaris Reed. White, however, is up for the challenge.

"I'm not really [concerned with the number of committed tailbacks UNC has]," said White. "It will just make me work harder to know I have competition and I like competition."

White, who has rushed for more than 5,000 yards in his high school career, ends his senior season with 1,855 yards and 31 touchdowns on 237 carries (7.8-yard average).

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