"Junior year when I was getting the ball, it was 'watch the big back, watch the fat back' and all of these other nicknames," he said. "Senior year I wanted to show everyone that I could run the ball as good as anyone else."
But with several new speed backs on offense this year, White was slotted at fullback in certain sets early in the season.
The Gators lost two of their first three games, with White carrying the ball only 20 times combined in the two losses. He did not gripe or sulk on the sideline, but knew what he was capable of.
"When the team is not winning you want to do anything you can to change that, and I knew that by running the ball I could help the team win," he said.
Late in a 24-6 loss to Glenelg, a game in which White carried the ball only seven times, the Reservoir coaches put White back at tailback and he broke a 20-yard run.
"After that we were like 'I guess we're idiots, he's the guy that should be back there getting the ball'," Cole said. "He most definitely earned his position...he's the guy that breaks tackles and moves piles. He showed the younger guys how to break a tackle. All of our running backs started running harder."
Reservoir won its next six games in a row, a span in which White averaged more than 180 yards per game and more than 25 carries. He also scored 13 of his 17 touchdowns this season in that stretch. In a 14-13 loss to River Hill that ended the winning streak, White rushed for 186 yards on 44 carries, and he followed that with a 145-yard, two touchdown performance in a stunning playoff win over county-champion Glenelg.
It was the first football playoff win for Reservoir, and although the run ended one week later with a loss at River Hill — a game in which White gained 91 yards for a total of 1,672 (on more than 300 carries with only two fumbles) on the season — his position as the best running back to ever come through Reservoir was cemented.
"I want my legacy to be for all kids that are bigger sized to know that they can try out for any position they want to play," White said.
White plans to continue his football career next year, but does not yet know exactly where. An animal lover — he has a pair of Yorkies, Trio and Thomas — he aspires for a career working with animals.
"Wherever a coach wants me to play, I'll play," said White, whose favorite subject is English. "But I also want to show that if he gives me a chance to run the ball, he won't be making a mistake."
Also named to the first team offense:
Tyler Martin, Hammond senior. Martin had a breakout season, completing 119 passes for almost 1,800 yards and 19 touchdowns with only six interceptions. A double threat, he also was the Golden Bears' leading rusher, gaining 558 yards and six touchdowns on the ground. In his best performance of the season, Martin completed 31-of-41 passes for 444 yards and five touchdowns to end River Hill's 30-game winning streak, 47-38.
Terrell Charles, Howard senior. Selected as the Fan's Choice Offensive Player of the Year, Charles and his offensive line carried the Lions offense this year. He rushed for 1,738 yards and 18 touchdowns on 285 carries (6.1 yards per carry), accounting for almost 75 percent of the Lions rushing yards, and more than half of Howard's yards from scrimmage.
Walter Fletcher, Centennial senior. A strong candidate for offensive Player of the Year, Fletcher was one of the most productive rushers in all of Maryland this season. He rushed for 1,753 yards on 237 carries (7.4 per carry), which was fifth in the state, and scored 24 total touchdowns (one receiving), which was third in the state. Fletcher was also a dangerous kick returner, and rushed for almost 3,000 yards in his career as an Eagle.
Jared Jacoby, Glenelg senior. A perfect complement to teammate David Brookhart, Jacoby led the county-champion Gladiators with 905 yards on 178 carries, while scoring six touchdowns. In three seasons as a Gladiator, Jacoby gained 1,870 yards from scrimmage and scored 14 touchdowns.
Byran Barney, Atholton senior. After transferring to Atholton from Marriotts Ridge, Barney was the one constant on the Raiders offense this year. His best performance came in an overtime loss to Reservoir, when he caught seven passes for 160 yards and a score. On the season he had 42 catches for 766 yards (18.2 per catch), which was 100 more yards than any other receiver, and scored five touchdowns. The 6-foot-1 receiver finishes his career with 105 catches for 1,380 yards and seven touchdowns.