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Player of the Week: White County's Will Brock

POSTED: October 29, 2012 8:22 p.m.

Will Brock’s “will to win” attitude has set the rest of the White County football team on fire, according to assistant coach Jake Cantrell. In a back-and-forth 47-42 win over Dawson County last week, Brock was the catalyst for an offense that was able to find momentum at the beginning of the game and carry it through to get the crucial Region 7-AAA victory.

Brock finished the game 13 of 17 for 347 yards and five touchdowns through the air and ran for another pair of scores with 20 carries for 91 rushing yards. For his efforts, he has been named The Times Player of the Week.

“What goes under the radar,” Cantrell said, “is how often he carried the ball on third down and got the first. He probably had 12 third-down conversions total.”

Brock’s skills both passing and running were significant in helping the Warriors put up points and keep the Dawson County offense off the field.

Near the end of the game, White County held a five-point lead, Cantrell said, and Brock orchestrated an 80-yard drive that kept Tigers quarterback Tyler Dominy and the rest of the Dawson County offense on the sidelines to secure the Warriors’ victory.

“We felt like every chance we had at pulling away they would score and keep themselves in the game,” Brock said.

The Warriors, however, were able to put themselves in the lead and did not surrender it for the rest of the game.

“He did a good job directing the offense,” Cantrell said.

Brock also gives credit to the White County offensive line and receiving corps, a group that he has been playing with almost his whole life.

“We all trust each other,” Brock said, “They trust me to get the ball to them, and I trust them with the ball.”

Using an option offense, the Warriors do not typically see Brock put up the kinds of numbers throwing that he did last week, but Cantrell said that he knows that Brock can do it if the team needs him to.

“Whenever we get the chance to throw, we know we have to execute,” Brock said, “A lot of our passing plays come off the run game.”

Against Dawson County, Brock said the Warriors were successful with longer passing plays because the defense was “starting to bite hard on the run,” and the offensive line gave him plenty of time to connect with his receivers.

Brock and the Warriors went into last week’s game knowing that a win would keep them in line for a spot in the playoffs, but now, the team is looking ahead only to this week’s contest against West Hall.

“It’s the most important game of the season right now,” Brock said, “We know that we’ve still got a lot of work to do. I’m going to try to keep everyone else focused and keep myself focused.”


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