Kamiakin's White leads All-Area football team

By Jack Millikin, Herald staff writer December 16, 2010 

KENNEWICK -- It shouldn't be long before Tim White begins establishing himself at the next level.

In fact, Kamiakin's electrifying receiver/return man/cornerback is about to make his first official recruiting visits to Washington State and Central Washington University, his top two choices so far.

But even after he embarks on his next big step, the 6-foot senior won't ever forget the year he had during the Braves' dramatic run to the 3A state title game. Neither will the Tri-Cities community.

Even though there's still a tinge of regret after a 38-0 loss to Bellevue in the championship, White -- the Tri-City Herald's All-Area Most Valuable Player -- remembered that in the end it's not always about winning.

"Looking back, I wish we could have made things happen a little differently. ... I've thought about it every day since it happened," White said. "But I'm still proud of the guys I played with. I wouldn't want to be on any other team than this one.

"I want to thank all the players for letting me have the best four years of my life."

And what an amazing four years they were. White's numbers exploded under coach Scott Biglin, and he developed into one of the most dangerous playmakers on the field. In three varsity seasons, White caught 131 passes for 2,070 yards and 23 touchdowns.

And sadly for his opponents, he rarely left the field, playing offense, defense and special teams.

"It was exhausting. Sometimes, I would get a break as a receiver, but it didn't happen very often," White said.

This season he caught 34 passes for 658 yards and 10 touchdowns, but a lot of his value was taking pressure away from his teammates, who hauled in 26 more passes for scores from quarterback Joey Jansen.

White also added a pair of defensive touchdowns on interception returns, but perhaps his most significant contribution this season was on special teams, where he returned 25 punts for just under 700 yards -- nearly 28 yards a return -- and five touchdowns.

In fact, teams would kick the ball away from White on special teams, choosing instead to face Kamiakin's offense, which ranked No. 1 in the CBBN at 7.7 yards a play.

He even threw for two touchdowns this year.

"He kind of made us go. He was a special kid," Biglin said. "You've got to have those guys to take you over the top. A lot of people said he had a down year, but to me it was phenomenal that he made the catches he did."

Biglin had a phenomenal season himself, earning coach of the year honors in his second season with the Braves. The Pasco graduate and former Whitworth quarterback stepped in and earned the trust of his players and coaches, getting them to buy into his spread offense.

After that it was just a matter of how far the team would go.

"Any time you get awards like coach of the year, it has a lot to do with the people around you," Biglin said. "I feel like we're the hardest working staff in the business. There were 12 coaches out there pulling their weight, and I'm just one of 12."

White was one of six repeat first-team selections, getting the nod as a receiver, defensive back and kick returner for the second consecutive year. Joining him for the second consecutive season were Connell running back Matt Hadley, Chiawana linebacker Nick Vincent, Walla Walla punter Matt Watson, Kennewick quarterback Drew Loftus (as the all-purpose player) plus Braves teammate and defensive end Jon Allen.

Kamiakin locked up 10 spots on the first team to lead area squads. Other Braves picks were quarterback Joey Jansen, offensive lineman Tanner Meier, kicker Garrett Bowe, defensive back Shad Fletcher and linebackers Drew Oord and Zach Umemoto.

Next was Chiawana, which earned five first-team nods, including running back Jordan Downing, offensive linemen Pat Sullivan and Vincent, and defensive back Miquiyah Zamora.

Richland claimed four slots, led by running back Jake McKinney, offensive lineman Joey White, defensive lineman Keenan Carrato and linebacker Joel Teats. Kennewick's Loftus was also named as a defensive back and was joined by Lions defensive lineman Tyler Morfin.

Connell, fresh off a trip to the 1A championship game, earned two spots on the team -- Hadley plus defensive lineman Bryant Anderson. Watson got some company with Walla Walla receiver Moe Handcox, one of just six juniors on the first team along with Downing, Hadley, Oord, Umemoto and Zamora.

Rounding out the squad is Pasco receiver Brandon Search and Sunnyside offensive lineman Adam Peters.

Second-team offense

QB | Matt Mendenhall, jr., Southridge

RB | Cam Wagar, sr., Hanford

RB | Caleb Garza, sr., Othello

WR | Dominic Garza, sr., Prosser

WR | Tyler Holle, sr., Kamiakin

WR | A.J. Henderson, sr., Southridge

TE | Brett Adamson, sr., Chiawana

OL | Tyler Morfin, sr., Kennewick

OL | Brady Simpson, sr., Richland

OL | Rex Lyle, sr., Connell

OL | Kyle Bailey, sr., Prosser

OL | Adrian Garcia, sr., Othello

Second-team defense

DL | Charlie Petersen, jr., Prosser

DL | Nick Mackay, sr., Chiawana

DL | Pat Sullivan, sr., Chiawana

DL | Joey White, sr., Richland

LB | Dylan DeLay, sr., Royal

LB | Cody Rush, sr., Southridge

LB | Grant Gallinger, sr., Richland

LB | Jordan Downing, jr., Chiawana

DB | Jon Snider, sr., Southridge

DB | Brett Adamson, sr., Chiawana

DB | Matt Franz, sr., Moses Lake

DB | Gage Reynolds, sr., Richland

All Purpose | Dallin Palmer, sr., Southridge

Special teams

PK | Ivan Barragan, sr., Connell

KR | Miquiyah Zamorah, jr., Chiawana

Punt | Tanner Meier, sr., Kamiakin

Third-team offense

QB | Lucas Graff, sr., Chiawana

RB | Steven Monterrey, jr., Sunnyside

RB | Chance Watt, sr., River View

WR | Justin Grow, sr., River View

WR | Hayden Wing, sr., Kiona-Benton

WR | Troy Redmann, sr., Tri-Cities Prep

TE | Alan Hawkins, sr., Connell

OL | Tre Bannock, sr, Waitsburg-Prescott

OL | Tanner Whitaker, jr., Royal

OL | Matt Epperson, sr., Hermiston

OL | Zack Bliss, sr., Richland

Third-team defense

DL | Adam Peters, sr., Sunnyside

DL | Tyson Mollotte, jr., Othello

DL | Eric Farnworth, sr., River View

DL | Kraymer Eppich, sr., Connell

LB | Kris Welch, sr., River View

LB | Jared Sabin, sr., Wahluke

LB | Cesar Lopez, sr., Prosser

DB | Tucker Hamlin, sr., River View

DB | Dylan Smith, sr., Columbia-Burbank

DB | Shaq Ledesma, sr., Royal

All Purpose | Zach Simpkins, sr., Liberty Christian

All Purpose | Mark Hodges, jr., Hermiston

Special teams

PK | Pilate Lopaya, sr., Chiawana

KR | Gage Reynolds, sr., Richland

Punt | Riley Shintaffer, sr., Hanford

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