H.S. FOOTBALL: At MCA, Treyvon White has a breakout season
MOUNT CARMEL - For a guy who didn't see a tremendous amount of action last season, Treyvon White has been a breath of fresh air for Mount Carmel Area this season.
White has become quarterback Zach Wasilewski's favorite target this season on offense, with 39 receptions for 582 yards and four touchdowns. He also has become part of a pretty good secondary on defense, where he has 38 tackles.
Mount Carmel coach Carmen DeFrancesco says White put in a lot of hours with Wasilewski in the offseason, getting their timing patterns down.
"He dedicated himself to working hard this summer," DeFrancesco said. "I don't think he missed a summer practice and he worked real hard with Washy and Coach (Marc) Persing. Zach looks to him now as our go-to guy."
At 5-10 and about 160 pounds, White doesn't have the size normally associated with wide receivers these days, but his speed and gutsiness make up for it, according to DeFrancesco.
"He's fearless, he wants the ball and he's durable," DeFrancesco says. "He's a strong kid even though he doesn't look the part."
White's emergence this season has enabled DeFrancesco and the rest of the coaches to make some positive adjustments.
"He's starting to get double teamed and that's opened up other avenues to us," DeFrancesco says. "He's the reason we've been able to take Dominic (Farronato) out of the offense so he can concentrate on defense, and he (Farronato) is having a breakout season there."
Although White has been contributing to the Red Tornadoes all season, one game in particular stands outs.
In their come-from-behind, 36-22 win over Central Columbia, White caught seven passes for 119 yards and a touchdown, and also had three interceptions.
"We've had guys catch lots of passes in a game, and we've had guys with three interceptions in a game, but I don't think we've ever had someone do something like that together," DeFrancesco says. "That was very impressive."
The next week, White caught seven passes again, for 89 yards, in a 19-13 win over North Schuylkill.
Since then, White has been a marked man in the Red Tornadoes' offense.