Lobos' running back White likely out for season
By Jimmy Carter firstname.lastname@example.org
Nov. 25, 2012 at 11 p.m.
Longview will likely be without its leading rusher and top big-play threat for the rest of its playoff run.
Running back <a href="http://www.news-journal.com/etvarsity/high_school/football/tory-white/player_c576314e-ed37-11e1-80f1-0019bb2963f4.html" target="_blank">Tory White</a> broke his collarbone on a 35-yard run late in the first half of the Lobos' 57-25 area playoff win over Dallas Jesuit on Saturday night. Lobos coach John King said he does not expect the senior to return this year, though White said he hopes to recover in time to play again.
"They said it's going to heal up in six weeks," White said. "So hopefully it heals it up less than that so I can come back. I think we should be OK, though. Because <a href="http://www.news-journal.com/etvarsity/high_school/football/jamycal-hasty/player_ce67b12e-ed37-11e1-80f1-0019bb2963f4.html" target="_blank">JaMycal Hasty</a> is a very good back. He'll step up. And then <a href="http://www.news-journal.com/etvarsity/high_school/football/damian-russell/player_cb3c1f9e-ed37-11e1-80f1-0019bb2963f4.html" target="_blank">Damion Russell</a> is good, too."
White would have to return in four weeks to play in the state title game, provided the Lobos made it that far.
The Lobos will have to replace his team-high 1,253 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns. He ran for a career-high 240 yards and three touchdowns on just 12 carries in the first half Saturday.
"It's a huge impact," King said. "He's been our big-play guy all year. He made some great, long runs for us. He'll be missed. He's been a big part of this team for the last few years."
Longview does have depth in its backfield.
Hasty entered the Jesuit game with just 17 carries in the first 11 games, but ran for a career-high 105 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries against the Rangers, most of it coming after White's injury.
Junior <a href="http://www.news-journal.com/etvarsity/high_school/football/l-darrius-peterson/player_cd756c16-ed37-11e1-80f1-0019bb2963f4.html" target="_blank">L'darrius Peterson</a> missed the game with an ankle injury, but has run for 280 yards and four touchdowns this season. Russell has 233 yards this year, while senior fullback <a href="http://www.news-journal.com/etvarsity/high_school/football/antonius-sanders/player_c850b0f6-ed37-11e1-80f1-0019bb2963f4.html" target="_blank">Antonius Sanders</a>' 442 yards rank second on the team.
"We'll play two or three different guys back there like we have all year long," King said. "We lost a great player and a home-run threat. But the next guy's got to step up."
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