For Pittsburg State junior defensive lineman John White, the last four years have been somewhat of a rollercoaster ride.

For Pittsburg State junior defensive lineman John White, the last four years have been somewhat of a rollercoaster ride.

After graduating from Midwest City (Okla.) High School, White started his collegiate trek to the University of Kansas.

However, his visit to Lawrence did not last as long as he might have hoped.

“I had some family problems and had to go home and take a job for a bit,” White said.

From there, he transferred to Northeastern Oklahoma A&M, where he started for two years for the Norsemen.

Then, it was off to Louisiana Tech his dream of Division I football seemed to start to see light.

But, a last-second coaching change, affected that dream. Derek Dooley was lifted from Louisiana Tech for the pastures of Tennessee and the Volunteers. White was redshirted in his only year at Louisiana Tech.

“There was just a shift in philosophies and I needed to make a change,” White said.

So, to Pitt State he came ... all 280 pounds of him. He said that the first few games were trying on him after not being at game speed.

“The first couple of games I felt a little rusty,” Woods said. “I’m starting to settle in and get a little more comfortable.”

That might be the mantra of the rest of the Gorillas after suffering back-to-back losses heading into today’s 2 p.m. matchup at Fort Hays State (3-4, 1-4 MIAA).

Pitt State (3-4, 1-4 MIAA) dropped a 35-34 double-overtime game to Washburn where, admittedly, PSU did not play “Gorilla football” in the first half, allowing Washburn to jump out to a 28-7 first-half lead.

But, in the second half, Pitt State seemed to get back on track and rallied to score 21 unanswered before falling in the second overtime frame.

Now, the Gorillas are just hoping to carry the momentum from the second half against the Ichabods into Hays.

After the Emporia loss, everyone was down,” said junior quarterback Jeff Smith. “We really came together in the second half against Washburn.”

However, sometimes carrying momentum, especially into someone else’s house will not come to fruition.

With Fort Hays, the Gorillas can expect to see the same type of football they have seen over the last few weeks ... passing coupled with a little running.

“They are very talented,” said PSU head coach Tim Beck. “It’s going to be a lot of the same we see every week.”

NOTES: Fort Hays head coach Kevin Verdugo is currently 0-5 against the Gorillas in his career with the Tigers ... The Tigers are currently riding a four-game losing streak after falling 41-29 at Nebraska-Omaha last Saturday ... Beck said that the gameplan will be to start Smith under center today and fellow junior Zac Dickey will also see playing time at quarterback.

Matthew Clark can be reached at or at 620-231-2600, Ext. 140