Last season was one of the best in school history for Montgomery Academy, going undefeated in the regular season and reaching the state quarterfinals.
But running back Nelson Whyte could only watch.
Whyte missed summer workouts and wasn’t allowed to play. Coach Anthony McCall hoped it would be a wake-up call for Whyte, who’s returned with laser focus.
“It hurt last year not playing with them, knowing I wanted to. It just feels good to be back on the field with them and just playing every game with them as if it’s your last. It feels really good,” Whyte said.
White leads the Eagles with 112 rushing yards per game and has four touchdowns. His big-play ability has kept the MA offense explosive even without former quarterback Josh Thomas, who now plays at Appalachian State.
The Eagles will need Whyte to continue his play for its annual rivalry meeting with Trinity on Friday.
“I’m just ecstatic that he came back. He’s been a big plus for us in our run game. He gives us something that we haven’t had in a couple of years, based on what we run. Based on running the inside zone, he’s one of the better ones at running it,” McCall said. “He’s had a number of explosive plays this year. When you lose what we lost, you would think that would really drop for us. But I think if you compare to the number we’ve had this year to last year at this point, it may be about the same. So he brings a lot to the table. He has me more confident in our run game that I thought I would’ve been coming in.”