One institution calls WT White the ultimate darkhorse - picking them over 9-5A favorites Lake Highlands and Berkner for second place behind Skyline in 9-5A. There is excitement in Longhorn country as WT White returns 14 starters and 17 lettermen from a 4-7 team that has made the playoffs the last few years. The Freshman team was equally impressive posting an 8-2 mark - which bodes well for the underclassmen coming up. The team will still be young as a lot of sophomores got to play last season. WT White has been running the spread for awhile, and Coach Joel Evans has the system infused in the program.
Carter White is generating most of the excitement in WT White. His 6'3, 205 pound frame has recruits and fans alike talking. The running game may be a weakness but Jamaal Thomas is a speedy and durable back. He may have to be great for WT White to excel this season. Two stud receivers are on the Longhorns in Michael Beach (6'3, 205) and Patrick Lavalais (6'1, 200) - both have great speed and between them notched 10 touchdowns. The offensive line will be led by Jonathan Bradshaw (who started as a true freshman) and Allen Olabode (started as a sophomore).
The defense will likely make or break the season for WT White. The line is weak led by Joe Astorga. The defense is strong but not very fast. The linebacker corps will be led by Andres Anguiano - a big player who had 3 sacks and 5 tackles a game last season. Marcus Golden as a sophomore dominated the linebacking crew. The secondary is quick but not very tall. The secondary also lacks varsity experience to match up against the speedy receivers of the district. Cadarian Whittaker, among others, will have to step up for WT White's defense to be effective.
WT White hasn't had a defining win in the ten years I've been covering HS Football. To think they will have 2 or 3 in one season is, for me, a little outlandish. This is a good DISD team, but not a great one. For WT White to make the playoffs, I think it would be miraculous. Beating Richardson is possible. Beating Creekview and Richardson is a tall task. This is a team that is capable of stealing wins, but I do not think they will consistently steal wins. I think a 5-5 season is very likely with no playoffs for the Longhorns. Others are a lot higher on them than I am - so watch out for the Longhorns in 2008.