"My shoulder was hurting me throughout the game and then right before half time I hurt it more when I hit a tight end out-of-bounds," White said. "After that, I could only go on offense."
White, a 6-foot-5, 230-pound jumbo athlete, injured his shoulder three weeks ago. He sat out the game the following weekend and was limited last Friday.
To get the most out of him against Honaker Friday night, Virginia High's coaching staff moved White to safety on defense and took him off all special teams units, including relieving him of his long snapping duties.
White started on both offense and defense, and saw every play until he was involved in a pileup tackle at the 5:36 mark of the first quarter. He then came in sporadically until he delivered that devastating hit out-of-bounds on the tight end with four minutes remaining in the first half.
"It's extremely frustrating," White said. "I'm at a loss of words."
In the second half, White only saw action on one drive. Up just 27-26 and facing a third-and-17 from their own 27-yard line, White joined the offense and was the primary receiver on the play call. With White facing triple-coverage, one of his teammates was open and converted the first down.
"[I was put in because] we felt like it was important to score [a touchdown] there," White said.
Three plays later, Virginia High scored with White providing lead blocking from the fullback position.
A Honaker 39-yard touchdown run cut Virginia High's lead to 33-32. Honaker faked the extra point, but failed on the two-point try. The Bearcats recovered the onside kick and then a 54-yard run on third down sealed the win.
"It was a close game and they're a good team," White said. "There were a lot of things where we didn't execute, but we showed a lot of character by staying in this game."
In his limited play, White collected four tackles (one solo) on defense. Offensively, he was targeted twice, but both passes were overthrown.
White will be traveling to Chapel Hill on Saturday to see UNC take on Miami. According to his father, White's shoulder will be looked at during his stay.