The Daleville Warhawks (0-5, 0-3) continued to struggle last Friday, Sept. 18, as they fell at home to Class 3A, Region 2 foe Opp Bobcats (4-1, 3-0) by a score of 54-6.
Daleville struggled to slow down Opp’s high-powered offense and continued to struggle to get momentum on offense, as well.
Opp had the ball nine times and scored touchdowns on eight of those drives, with the lone non-scoring drive coming on the final drive of the game when Opp ran out the clock. The Warhawks, on the other hand, scored just one touchdown in eight drives.
While the Daleville defense forced Opp to drive the length of the field on the Bobcats’ first three scoring drives, Opp’s final five scoring drives each lasted four plays or less. Of Daleville’s eight drives, five ended in either a fumble, a turnover on downs or a bad snap on a punt.
“I feel like Opp is a very good football team and they came out and hit us in the mouth (early) and forced us to turn the ball over,” Daleville coach Desmond Lett said. “They had a great game plan coming in and played a lot of guys. I just feel like they were the better football team on Friday for sure.
“The first drive we made them drive on us and then they came back and forced us to turn the ball over and eventually started scoring in a 2-3 plays. They have a high-powered offense that gets the ball out fast and the quarterback does a good job of distributing the ball to all of his receivers and not keying in on just one guy. I think our guys were shocked (early) and Opp just poured it on us.”
The Gamecocks managed just 50 yards of total offense, while Opp piled up 331 yards.
Daleville was led by Sincere McKenzie with 36 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries, while also returning five kickoffs for 71 yards. Cameron Giles added 23 yards on 13 carries. Quarterback Jodan McDonald completed 1-of-2 pass attempts for one yard and rushed for (-4) yards.
On defense, both McKenzie and Speedy Wiley totaled four tackles and a pass breakup each. Linebacker Myles Parris also had four tackles.
Quarterback Hal Smithart led the way for Opp completing 7-of-12 pass attempts for 172 yards and two touchdowns. Gray Jennings also completed 5-of-9 attempts for 44 yards and two more touchdowns.
Running back Jaterrius Davis rushed for 54 yards and two touchdowns on seven carries, while Peyton Ellis hauled in three catches for 130 yards and two touchdowns.
EDITOR'S NOTE: The second half of the Daleville-Opp game was played under shortened quarters with a running clock.