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White at QB again, leads W.L. Western past Northville 48 - 34

By Mick McCabe, Detroit Free Press , 09/11/16, 9:45AM EDT


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Hey, this quarterback thing is working out pretty well for Cody White.

White, who will be a wide receiver at Michigan State next year, started his third game at quarterback for Walled Lake Western Friday night and led the Warriors to their third straight victory, 48-34, over a Northville team that refused to quit despite a 27-point deficit.

But with White at quarterback, it was difficult for the Mustangs to stop Western’s offense.

“I’m starting to get comfortable back there,” said White. “My receivers are getting timing routes in and I’m hitting them and making big plays.”

A preseason injury to Johnny Tracy pressed White into the starting quarterback spot for the first time since his freshman year, and against Northville, the No. 7 team in Division 1, he completed 11 of 16 passes for 210 yards and three touchdowns.

Maybe White should forget about the receiver thing until he gets to MSU.

“Oh, I miss it a lot,” he said. “We would like Johnny back here, but his injury is preventing him. We’re just going to do what’s best for the team and try to keep winning.”

The best thing for Western (3-0, No. 1 in Division 2) is to keep the ball in White’s hands as much as possible.

“He’s just an all-around athlete,” said Western receiver Kam Ford. “We’ve grown up together and we’ve been playing together since the second grade. He can do it all. I’ve never seen somebody play so many sports.”

White and Ford teamed up on some terrific plays. Ford caught four passes, including ones that went for 43 and 40 yards.

“We’ve got a good connection,” Ford said. “He throws everything well. He’s an athlete you can put at quarterback and he’ll make something happen.”

One of the things White makes happen is Western’s running attack. White had 11 completions in the first half, and then the Warriors turned to their ground game after intermission.

“We pass a lot more than other teams,” he said. “We’re putting it in the air. They start to back up, and we hit them with the running game. I guess our pass does set up the run.”

White began Western’s second possession of the game with two quick complete passes totaling 38 yards and finished the possession with a 7-yard TD pass to Ford.

The next time the Warriors got the ball, White lofted a 40-yard bomb that Ford hauled in for a 14-0 Western lead with 11 seconds left in the first quarter.

Jalen Marshall followed Ford’s 53-yard punt return with an 11-yard run for a 21-0 lead. It quickly became 27-0 when White completed a 43-yard pass to Ford and a 31-yarder to Jamon Benson before finding Jack Dodge with an 11-yard TD pass midway through the second quarter.

It appeared the rout was on, but Northville quarterback Jack Burke completed three passes to set up his three-yard TD run and then found A.J. Abbott for a 48-yard score with two second left in the first half to make it a 27-14 game.

Northville (2-1) made it a competitive second half but couldn’t make a serious run at Western thanks to Dodge, who tied a record with three interceptions, two of which led to Benson touchdown runs.

“The first one was a broken coverage,” said Dodge. “My guy was wide open, so I was trying to get over there, but the play started and I saw a receiver come straight up wide open so I read it and came up and got it. It’s awesome. I’ve never had three in a game before.”

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