A member of the Brook Hill Guard varsity football team is being honored for his efforts on the gridiron this season, as senior offensive and defensive lineman Colby White was recently recognized as the CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Player of the Week.
“I feel very honored to win the Player of the Week award,” said White. “There’s a very solid group of athletes from all the schools in the Tyler area, both in TAPPS and UIL. I make it a point to work hard in everything I do, and it’s good to see that pay off.”
White was presented with the award by Dr. Jayesh Patel of CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Hospital at the studios of KETK in Tyler on Wednesday, Oct. 14
On the team for his senior year, White serves as the team’s center, defensive end, and long-snapper, and also serves as a team captain, nominated by his teammates.
According to White, the Guard has been rolling with the punches thrown at them throughout the first seven games of the 2017 season.
“We had higher hopes for this season, but we’ve done well with what we’ve been dealt,” said White. “We’re doing our best to get a playoff spot, which is the goal, regardless of the record. This team is capable of getting to the playoffs because we have a lot of hard working athletes who really want it.”
The theme for the 2017 season of Guard football, selected by the players before the start of the season, is “Feeling Dangerous,” a mantra White says defines the team’s mindset.
“I feel like we’re a dangerous team,” said White. “I think a lot of people don’t give us the credit we deserve. We’ve got a great team; it may not look like it on paper, but we’re hoping to surprise a few teams this year.
Left on the Guard’s 2017 regular season schedule is the team’s Senior Night district matchup against the Cedar Hill Trinity Christian Tigers Friday, Nov. 3, as well as the team’s final district road contest against the Tyler Grace Community Cougars Friday, Nov. 10.
According to White, he believes the team has what it takes to push through the remainder of the schedule and march their way into the TAPPS playoff picture.
“We just need to rally up and around our new quarterback,” said White. “Everyone has to do their job and work together to accomplish our goals.”
White said he wants to leave a legacy of hard work after he exits his time of involvement with the Guard varsity football team.
“I want to be known for my work ethic,” said White. “If people aren’t working hard to succeed in what they’re doing, it’s not going to work out well. If you have a good work ethic, things will work out and be solid.”
After graduation, White plans to attend Texas A&M University in College Station and major in biology.
Brook Hill Guard head coach Scott Ryle spoke highly of White when asked about his award, saying White serves as a leader for his teammates.
“Colby is a very tough kid and rarely leaves the field,” said Ryle. “He has been a great leader all year, he definitely deserves this honor.”
White is the son of Daryl and Crystal Derryberry.
Currently, White and the Guard varsity football team hold an overall record of 3-4, 1-2 in district play.