Adonis 'AD All Day' White (6), who was superb in this past Friday night's 29-0 victory at Bayonne with 176 yards rushing and a TD, is Parisi Fairfield/Sideline Chatter Athlete of the Week as the Bucknell University commit is continuing to run hard and fast in each and every game. (Photos by WOHS Sports Media)
‘AD All Day’ Makes His Mark
As Parisi Fairfield/SC AOW
By Steve Tober
When West Orange needed Adonis White to step up during last fall’s state playoff run, ‘AD All Day’ emerged big-time, especially with his showing at Phillipsburg in perhaps the biggest victory in Mountaineers history.
And it’s not as if ‘AD All Day’ had just been an impact player in 2022 because going back to his days as a Pop Warner star in East Orange and presently as one of the top running backs in Essex County the West Orange senior is continuing to be on the move with great production.
In his latest effort, which included 17 carries for 176 yards and a touchdown plus two receptions and a kick return to the 50-yard line, White did plenty to lead the Mountaineers (2-3) to a much-needed 29-0 victory at Bayonne.
For his efforts, the Bucknell University commit is the Parisi Fairfield/Sideline Chatter Athlete of the Week.
“Adonis is an awesome kid, a high-character young man who just explodes out of the backfield and finds openings to run through,” said West Orange Coach Darnell Grant. “He’s a great competitor and a big reason why we believe in our team and its ability to make this season special once again, even after a bit of a slow start.
“He’s ‘AD All Day’ for a reason and we feel he’s just beginning to heat up as a back to watch the rest of the way!”
White has had 65 carries for 463 yards and 2 TDs in the first five games this fall, along with having 5 receptions for 26 yards and a TD in addition to a kickoff return for a TD vs. Montclair in the Mountaineers’ season-opening 24-21 setback to the Mounties in the Sept. 2nd season opener at Hinchliffe Stadium in Paterson.
West Orange also dropped decisions to early North, Group 5 playoff favorite Passaic Tech (6-0), 43-19, Sept. 14, in Wayne, and to Group 4 power Mount Olive (5-1), 35-27, at Suriano Field on Sept. 22.
Next up is a road clash with neighborhood rival East Orange Campus, 6 p.m., Saturday, at Schools Stadium in Newark.
Along the way White has been a major component for the Mountaineers including 17 carries for 92 yards in the hard-fought setback to Mount Olive.
He had stepped up in a huge way last fall during West Orange’s 8-4 season that was highlighted by a state playoff run that included the sixth-seeded Mountaineers knocking off third-seeded Watchung Hills, second-seeded Ridgewood and top-seeded Phillipsburg in succession to record the first sectional playoff championship in West Orange football history.
Filling in quite admirably for the injured veteran Jehki Williams, White had 14 carries for 127 yards and a big tone-setting 5-yard TD run with 1:32 left in the first half to give the Mountaineers a 21-7 lead.
“Adonis is a big-time performer and he simply stepped up in a huge way for us last season,” said Grant. “And, he continues to build on that great showing (104 carries for 800 yards and 4 TDs in 2022), which is terrific to see.
“He’ll make a fantastic addition to Bucknell both as a player and as a student.”
While, who is a compact and powerful 5-foot-7, 175-pounds and runs 4.7 seconds in the 40-yard dash, made a verbal commitment to Bucknell after a visit to the Lewisburg, Pa., school where he plans to enhance his already-impressive abilities in these modern times, perhaps foreshadowing a future in engineering or technology.
“I love to work in mechanics and with my hands fixing many different items including computers, robots and cars,” said the Mountaineers’ senior back.
"I’m not sure yet what I’ll major in, but I have a lot of interests that I want to pursue further in my courses at college.”
Football-wise, it’s apparent that the Bucknell coaches envision White as a dynamic prospect at running back.
“(Assistant) coaches Sean Pearson and Jordan Johnson have been great to deal with during the entire recruiting process and (Head) coach (Dave) Cecchini is doing a great job with the entire football program there,” continued White. “I really liked the brotherhood I felt during my visit and I also know that you can get a great education there.
“The Patriot League has some great schools and really competitive football and I look forward to helping the Bucknell program in any way I can.”
Before he turns his full attentions to preparing for his collegiate career, White remains fully focused on helping West Orange build on last Friday night’s road victory at Bayonne and make a strong run in landing a North, Group 5 playoff berth.
“We’ve had three early losses, but I feel we’re definitely turning a corner now and that we’ll play winning football from this point on,” said White.
"Our chemistry is getting better every week; we’re clicking more on offense, and having (Don Bosco Prep transfer) Charlie (LaMorte) at quarterback is going to help us a great deal because he sees the field so well and does a real good job in executing our game plan.”
LaMorte had to sit out 30 days following his transfer to West Orange and just became eligible last Friday night (Sept. 29).
Meanwhile, the now veteran running back who will take the bulk of the carries for the Mountaineers just keeps churning away.
It might be a long way from his days as the young ‘AD All Day’ in his Pop Warner football days, but the fast-paced and unrelenting all-out approach on every play lives on quite naturally for the fleet-footed Mountaineer back.
“They gave me that nickname back in the day because they said I could run all day long and all year long,” said White. “I just continue to play the game the way I always have which is all out all the time, and I’ll keep working hard each and every day to help us earn a playoff berth and look to make another strong run once we get there.”
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Adonis White (6), who has emerged as one of the better backs in the SFC this season, was also big part of West Orange's run to a playoff title last fall when Mountaineers stunned Phillipsburg in North 2, Group 5 final.
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