#5 Ashton White
Hometown: Dove Canyon
Ashton has established himself as on of the top players in Southern California with this stellar play on offense, defense and special teams. Ashton has rushed for a team-high 1,478 yards, caught nine passes for 125 yards and scored 24 total touchdowns in 10 games. He also had 66-and 68-yard punt returns for touchdowns called back due to penalties, and a 29.7-yard kickoff return average to his credit. Defensively he is 7th on the team with 60 tackles, including a career-high 22 vs. Tustin and has a sack, three forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and two interceptions on the season. In Week 11, Ashton rushed 33 times for 254 yards and scored 26 points including four Tds. His point total tied Josh Ireland's school record and his Td's tied the mark he had already shared. His 254-yard game was his 10th career 100-yard game and 7th of 2001. He was named Cox Communications Player of the Game White's four Tds at Rialto marked the ninth time in 10 games that he has scored at least two. His Tds also gave him at least one in 10 straight. Josh Ireland holds the Eagle record for consecutive games with a Td (17). His 24 total Tds in 2001 are tied for the 3rd best single-season total. Against Mater Dei in Week 9, White rushed a career-high 33 times for 215 yards and scored two Tds. He also added five tackles to be named Cox Communications Player of the Game and the Orange County Register's Athlete of the Week. The two Tds marked the eighth time in nine games that he has scored at least two. His Tds also gave him at least one in nine straight. Josh Ireland holds the record for consecutive games with a Td (17). Ashton's four Tds at St. John Bosco tied the school record for touchdowns in a game, and his 16 rushing Tds make him the eighth different Eagle with at least 10 rushing Tds in a season. His 20 total Tds in 2001 are also the 4th best single-season total. He also has six 100-yard games on the season including a 283-yard effort vs. St. John Bosco in Week 8- the 2nd highest single-game rushing total in Eagle history. During that game he became the 6th different Eagle to crack the 1,000-yard barrier in a season. White's 752 yards rushing over three games is a school record. Ashton has been named Player of the Game nine times in 10 games.
|Player of the Game|
|Ayala - Offense
Los Al. - Off. & Def.
Lakewood - Offense
St. Paul - Offense
St. John Bosco - Off. Skill
St. John Bosco - Def. Skill
St. John Bosco - Special Teams
Mater Dei - Off. Skill
Rialto - Off. Skill
All-Serra League 1st Team
enjoyed an outstanding season in 2000 earning All-Serra League First team Honors, All-State (Underclassman) Honors and picking up the team's Impact Player of the Year Award and Co-Special Teams MVP Award. His 809 yards rushing were the second most on the team and rank as the 12th best single-season total. Ashton showed signs of how he may fare in 2001 at Servite in Week 10 as he rushed for 160 yards on a career-high 24 carries and scored a touchdown, recorded five tackles and his third interception of the season and returned five kickoffs for a 36.0 average including a 64-yard runback that set up an Eagle score. White had an outstanding all-around game vs. Mater Dei in Week 9 as he rushed 11 times for 47 yards, recovered a fumble and returned it 43-yards to set up the Eagles' first score, blocked a punt that set up another score, returned a kickoff 31 yards and recorded five tackles. His efforts earned him not only Special Teams Player of the Game honors, but his play near the line of scrimmage earned him Defensive Lineman of the Game honors. Ashton enjoyed his second consecutive 100-yard game with a 15-carry 137-yard performance against St. John Bosco in Week 8. He also received a perfect 100% grade by the coaches. Ashton added a 40-yard kickoff return and three tackles as well. White had his best game of the season with a then career-high 164 yards on 16 carries, including a 55-yard run, and scored a touchdown at Bishop Amat in Week 6. His effort received a 97% grade from the coaching staff. The sophomore sensation collected a career-high 14 tackles against Tustin in Week 5. White rushed for a team-high 79 yards against Lakewood in Week 3. Against Los Alamitos in Week 2, he picked up 83 yards on 18 carries and caught two passes. In Week 1, Ashton rushed 51 yards on only eight carries, registered four tackles and made a spectacular leaping interception near the end of the game to seal a hard fought Eagle victory. Ashton finished second on the team with a 24.5-yard kickoff return average, posted an 8.3-yard punt return average, blocked a punt and registered six special teams tackles.
Yards Rushing in a Career
1. Josh Ireland (1989-91) 4,196
2. Billy Newman (1994-96) 3,778
3. Tyler Thompson (1997-00) 2,149
4. Ashton White (1999- ) 1,947
All-Purpose Yards in a Career
1. Josh Ireland (1989-91) 6,353
2. Billy Newman (1994-96) 5,191
3. Tyler Thompson (1997-00) 3,696
4. Ashton White (1999- ) 2,869
Ashton put together one of the finest seasons ever for an Eagle football player at any level as he rushed for an amazing 1,426 yards and scored 31 touchdowns on the freshman level leading his team to a perfect 9-0 record and the Serra League title. On the varsity level, White became only the second freshman to start a varsity game and ended up finishing fourth on the team in rushing with 129 yards on only 16 carries. Ashton's varsity highlights included a stunning 41-yard TD run as part of a six-carry, 77-yard performance vs. San Clemente. He also earned Offensive Player of the Game honors for his ten-carry, 52-yard effort at A. B. Miller in the CIF Playoffs. White's 1,426 yards were the second most for a freshman behind Tyler Thompson's 1,501 in 1997, but his average of 158.7 tops the chart since he only played nine freshman games. The Freshman MVP picked up four touchdowns in his first game at Carlsbad in Week 2, and scored six more touchdowns two weeks later against San Clemente. At Rancho Bernardo in Week 5, he scored TDs via rushing, a fumble return and a punt return. Misc: Ashton has been named to CL Ronning's National Prep Observer's Top Prospect List. In 12 varsity games White has been named a Player of the Game five times. Ashton was rated as the No. 3 running back in Orange County in 2000 by Gridiron Magazine. White played on the 1997 U.S. Champion Little League team. He is the son of former USC great and 1979 Heisman Trophy Winner Charles White.