Woodside defender Tyreece White (Photo courtesy of Tyreece White)
Woodside has laid the lumber this season with Tyreece White at the forefront of the defense
by Brandon Mitchell, recruit757
Woodside is a team historically known for how well it excels on the offensive side of the ball.
Coach Danny Dodson and his coaching staff have learned how to run the Wing-T to near perfection and adding Kahleef Jimmison behind center this season has definitely transformed its offensive play.
However, the defense of the Wolverines is also near the top of the Peninsula District in efficiency each and every season. Thus far to open the season, Woodside has blanked Gloucester and held a hungry Norview offense to just 14 points all coming in the first half of play last week. The last time the Wolverines held their first two opponents of the year to 14 points or less came during the 2011 season.
Leading the charge through the first two weeks has been starting defensive end Tyreece White. The senior lineman has been one of the main catalysts for the Woodside defense this season and put in the work during the off-season to ensure his team could be at its best when this time rolled around.
“I feel good about the season,” White told recruit757. I have been working hard during the off-season to be one of the PD’s best.”
Will to win
To say he is one of the Peninsula District’s best defensive pass rushers is an understatement. Through two games, White has accumulated 12 total tackles and five sacks. There are many factors that have contributed to his strong start to open the year, but one of the biggest has been the attention he’s put toward his work ethic.
“My work ethic, my coaching staff, and my team of brothers demanding the best from one another (are the reasons for early success),” White stated. “Also, studying and learning my opponents as well as the will to win.”
This week, White was awarded “The Wood” which is a tradition that Woodside is very fond of. Coaches take a look at the game film from the past week and if they feel as though you have a great game you’re given a piece of wood that has the phrase “The Wood” painted with white letters. This is held by the winner of the award until the next game.
“It’s kind of like a game ball, but for Woodside,” White explained. “It’s a badge of honor so we carry it everywhere and even take it home. We have many outstanding players each week and everyone deserves it. But only one can receive it.”
Thus far White has picked up collegiate offers from Washington and Lee, Davidson, and Rose-Hulman. He currently holds a 4.2 GPA and earned a 1220 on his most recent SAT. He’ll lead Woodside (2-0) in action on Friday night against Denbigh (0-2).
– Brandon Mitchell