In Rock Bridge’s football game Friday night against Liberty, one of its key players was nowhere to be found in pads or in the game. Junior tight end/linebacker, Aron White was found in jeans on the sidelines Friday night after being diagnosed with mononucleosis on Thursday. Bruins coach A.J. Ofodile said he is expected to miss about four weeks.
Looking at White, you can see the pain and disappointment in his eyes as he sat and watched his team from the sidelines.
“It really hurts when your trying to do something at high school football and you come and you find out you have something, not so much that you can’t play, but it’s something restraining you instead of you being able just to go out there and do your best,” White said after the game. “You wait a long time to play varsity football and it hurts real bad when you can’t get out on the field.”
White, at 6-foot-4, 210-pounds, has been a key target for quarterback Logan Gray in his first season starting at tight end. In the Bruins first two games this season, he totaled a team high six catches for 110 yards. On defense, White was also a force deflecting passes with his size and athleticism. Losing White meant senior John Stull — a bigger, more physical tight end at 6-foot-4, 245-pounds — saw the field more on the offensive side of the ball. Stull said the whole team misses White on the field.
“Having a player like Aron out definitely, the whole attitude of the team is down and we really feel for him,” Stull said. “He plays a big role so it’s really hard to fill his shoes and know all the responsibilities he has.”
Defensively, junior Kyle Sadich will take over for White at the outside linebacker spot. White said that since he won’t be able to play, his new job on the field is helping Sadich.
“I was really trying to talk to him every time he came out on the sidelines, telling him to keep his head up and going through his assignments,” White said.
Ofodile said losing White changed many things the Bruins do on offense and defense.
“It hurt our versatility on offense and probably even more so hurt us on defense with some of the things he brings to the table in his intelligence and his range,” he said.