With Saturday's dramatic 41-38 overtime win over Washburn, Fort Hays State's football team snapped a nine-game losing streak to the Ichabods in Topeka.

Tigers starting redshirt freshman defensive back Will White, meanwhile, ended a drought of his own.

Prior to Saturday's win, the last time the former multi-sport standout at Highland Park got the opportunity to celebrate after a football game came in the second week of the 2014 season (60-26 over Kansas City-Harmon) when White was just a high school freshman.

In the five years since that home win White endured 34 straight high school losses and two more to start the current season for Fort Hays State before finally getting a chance to bask in the glow of victory with family and friends at Yager Stadium.

"Man, it's a blessing and I hope we keep getting more and more,'' the 6-foot-2, 180-pound White said. "I could get used to this feeling.

"We needed one. We've had two nail-biting games that little things cost us. We still had little things today we should have tightened up on, but coach (Chris) Brown's been on us about finishing and stepping up and being a man. I think we did that this game. We've just got to keep it rolling the rest of the season.''

White, who has played both cornerback and safety for the Tigers, faced a tough task Saturday going against Washburn sophomores James Letcher Jr. and Collin Wilson, who are on the way to establishing themselves as two of the top receivers in the MIAA.

"That's a really good matchup,'' said White, who was in on three tackles and had a pass breakup. "Letcher's a really good receiver and you just like playing against guys like him and Collin Wilson.

"You like playing against guys that are good and you've got to come ready to play every single play.''

Not everything went the way White wanted it to, with the Topekan flagged twice for pass interference, but he was diplomatic about the penalty calls.

"I'm a DB, so I never think it's pass interference, but the refs called you so you have to go by what they say,'' he said. "I just have to go back and look at film and see what I have to do better.''

White, who has 12 tackles and two breakups on the year, is proud of the fact that he's already earned a starting spot for a Fort Hays State team that has won or shared the MIAA title the past two seasons.

"I'm a little bit (surprised), but I stayed all summer and put in the work,'' said White, whose brother, Phil, plays at MidAmerica Nazarene. "My coaches believe in me, my teammates believe in me and I've just got to keep working.''

Brown, a former defensive back himself, is happy with the progress White has made in his short time in the program.

"He's just a freshman and he's still learning the position,'' Brown said. "He's played safety for us, he's moved to corner, back to safety, back to corner. You know, that's hard on a kid to do, but I'm really pleased with his performance so far and his growth as a player.

"His ceiling's very high. I think he's just starting to kind of figure this out and understand the speed of the game. I think he's going to be a really, really tremendous football player in the future.''

No matter how many wins White is a part of, he'll never forget Saturday.

"Actually (Friday) my mom made the team dinner, and it's Topeka,'' he said. "I just love playing in front of the home crowd.''