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Prep Football: White signs with Arkansas Tech

<p>photo by JOHN GRIFFIN</p><p>Alma’s Malachi White (second from left) is ready to sign his letter of intent to attend Arkansas Tech and join the Wonder Boy football team in the fall. White is joined by family members (from left) Summer Benson, White, Lori Luse and Alexis Jones.</p>

photo by JOHN GRIFFIN

Alma’s Malachi White (second from left) is ready to sign his letter of intent to attend Arkansas Tech and join the Wonder Boy football team in the fall. White is joined by family members (from left) Summer Benson, White, Lori Luse and Alexis Jones.

Alma senior Malachi White signed a letter of intent to attend Arkansas Tech and join the Wonder Boy football program in the fall during a ceremony held on Tuesday.

“I thought (Arkansas Tech) was the best,” said White. “I really liked how things are being done there overall.”

White attended a camp at Arkansas Tech as a junior and said he had his best performance.

White said he entertained other schools including one in Missouri and in Texas, but settled on Arkansas Tech.

The Alma stalwart plans to study personal training and coaching. He’ll join other Alma Airedales, Gage Jensen (currently a freshman at Arkansas Tech) and Alex Burris, in Russellville.

“I grew up playing with Alex so that has to be about one of the coolest things,” White said.

“We knew we had to have big games from Malachi this past season,” said Loughridge. “His best games were the biggest games of the season for us.”

White rushed for 1,134 yards this year as a senior and scored 18 touchdowns. He had four 100-yard games during the regular season including his best of 197 yards against Greenbrier in Week 9. White scored three touchdowns against Clarksville in Week 4 on just 16 carries for 68 yards. In the regular season finale, White contributed to 253 yards of offense with 142 yards on the ground and catching 11 passes for another 110.

“We knew he would have a lot of carries this season and he had to in order for us to have good season,” Loughridge added. “He was a load to bring down and could run between the tackles. He just got better as the season progressed. I never saw anyone bring him down as a solo tackle all season. With all his carries he was very protective of the ball.”

Alma reached the semifinals of the Class 5A playoffs after winning the school’s first conference title since 2004.

“I thought we would do well based upon our commitment during the summer,” said White. “After we played our first few games, I thought we would going to do well. When we beat Shiloh I thought we had a good chance to win state.”

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