Last year the Panthers made the Class AA playoffs as the No. 16 seed before being disposed of by No. 1 seed and eventual state champion Wayne, 63-24, in the first round.
"It was a big confidence boost for us and really helped the program a lot," Ware said. "It had been eight years since we had been there in the playoffs. It was the first season we hadn't had a losing season in years."
White is hoping to build on the momentum from last year's team success and is focused on a repeat playoff berth for the Panthers.
"It was really great because we know how hard we worked for it," White said.
"It gave us a lot of motivation and confidence to make it happen again. We want to make it back to the playoffs and go a little further."
It's all about a part of a much bigger plan for White.
"I want to plan on leaving Clay County better than what it was when I got here," White said. "Individually, anything I can do to help my team accomplish that is my goal."
With all the individual and team success White and the Panthers have enjoyed lately, the standout lineman is starting to build interest in trying to play at the next level.
"Yes, most definitely if someone offers me," said White, when asked on his desire to play college football. "I went to a Marshall camp and another combine. It was a good experience, especially because they had a lot of good coaches that helped me learn some new things."
"At first I wasn't sure whether he (White) wanted to or not," Ware said. "But lately with the success we had last year and with the experience back this season, he has put a lot more effort and interest in playing somewhere at the next level."