Polk County West's Will White makes a successful switch
Polk County West may have found a running back hidden on the depth chart of its offensive line.
Senior guard-turned-fullback Will White rushed for 152 yards on just 15 carries last Friday in the team's opening 39-6 win against Blackduck.
"Will got things done,'' PCW coach Darrin Byklum said. "He's so new to the game. He is a physical, athletic kid. He did more than we probably would have expected for his first game there.''
Because of time commitments to other activities, White didn't start playing football until last season.
White started at inside linebacker his first season and was a reserve offensive guard.
"We'd gone to a scrimmage and the JV team needed a guard, so I said I'd play it,'' White said. "They kept me there all season. But I never really liked it.
"I told the coaches I'd like to try running back. I'd rather have the ball. And I was taking a pounding going against guys 50 pounds heavier than me all the time. It got hard.''
White conditioned in the offseason to improve his speed and strength with the hope of switching to fullback.
Instead of absorbing punishment on the line, the 5-foot-11, 170-pound senior dished it out at fullback.
"Will was breaking tackles and carrying guys on his back,'' Byklum said. "He likes contact. He can out-run people. But he's the type who's more likely to put his shoulder down and run over them.''
John Fontaine also rushed for 80 yards and Gage Wavra for 55 against Blackduck. Balance remains PCW's key.
"It will still be backfield by committee,'' Byklum said. "We want to keep defenses on their toes, not being able to concentrate on anybody.''
Polk County West hosts Badger-Greenbush-Middle River at 7 tonight in East Grand Forks. Byklum said 1-0 Badger-G-MR is an unknown after winning by forfeit against Red Lake.
In other Greater Grand Forks games today, all at 7 p.m.:
Williston (1-1) at GF Central (1-1)
Central picked up its offense last week in a 25-13 win against Dickinson.
Austin Braun rushed for 116 yards, Jaxton Lorenz was 11-of-20 passing for 105 yards and Will Eagleson just missed 100 combined yards (60 rushing, 39 receiving).
"Our offensive line got better,'' Central coach Bill Lorenz said. "They were opening holes for our backs. Our receivers did a good job of getting open and getting yards after catches.''
Williston has shown big-play potential behind Charlie Whitlock (402 passing yards) and Ephraim Yohan (172 rushing).
EGF Senior High (1-0) at Dilworth-G-F (0-1)
Senior High scored an opening 49-28 win against Crookston without attempting a pass. That's not to say Wave quarterback Carter Beck can't pass.
"Running the football is our bread and butter,'' EGF coach Ryan Kasowski said. "But we'll throw some. (The Rebels) haven't seen what we run or been able to game plan for it.''
Rebels quarterback Aiden Leach was 12-of-21 passing for 121 yards in an opening 28-8 loss to Barnesville.
Red River (1-1) at Fargo South (1-1)
After Red River opened with a win, the Roughriders struggled last week in a 35-6 loss to Bismarck Century.
Red River coach Vyrn Muir said lack of execution—blocking, catching the ball, running to the correct gaps, making tackles—figured in the setback.
"We didn't tackle well and our offense had a hard time staying on the field,'' Muir said.
Muir said South's strength is a collection of athletic skill-position players led by NDSU commit tight end Dawson Weisenberger.