The Daleville Warhawks (0-1) had a tough night in the season opener on Aug. 21, falling 50-0 to the Elba Tigers (1-0) on the road.
Daleville struggled to get going at all in the first half, totaling just 15 yards of offense in 18 plays, while Elba racked up 189 yards in 20 plays.
Elba scored three touchdowns in the Tigers’ first five plays of the game. The Warhawks had trouble slowing down Elba’s physical “single wing” offense as the Tigers rolled up 344 yards of total offense and averaged 8.5 yards on 28 rushing attempts.
“It was ugly,” Daleville coach Desmond Lett flatly said. “We saw several things we need to work on but we did some positives, as bad as it was. We just know we have work to do and we’re hoping this will be encouragement for them to want to keep fighting more.”
The Warhawks were able to get some offense going in the second half and netted 121 total yards for the game, but six turnovers – three of which were in Daleville’s own red-zone – doomed them. The Warhawks lost four fumbles, threw an interception and had a punt blocked in the loss. Being able to move the ball some in the second half was a bright spot that Lett saw.
“Coming out of halftime we went in and just put in fullback dives and running the ball between the tackles (into the game plan) and early in the second half we were able to move the ball some,” Lett said. “Our first drive stalled because of a fumble, so that goes into one of the negatives.
“We have to be able to hang onto the ball and not give up possessions and when (the other team) has the ball we have to make them work to score and not just score on big plays. When our offense gets on the field we can’t just go out there and go three-and-out or turn the ball over. We have to take care of the ball and control the possession and the clock.”
Offensively, Daleville was led by senior running back Speedy Wiley with 67 yards on six carries, while senior fullback Cam Giles added 51 yards on 15 rushing attempts. Wiley also caught one pass for two yards. Senior Jordan McDonald got his first start at quarterback and completed 1-of-3 passes for two yards and an interception.
Giles and Wiley also had three tackles on defense. Senior linebacker Myles Parris led the defense with six tackles.
Elba’s offense was led by senior quarterback Jacquez Prince, who completed both of his pass attempts for 105 yards and two touchdowns. Prince also had 42 yards and another touchdown on the ground on just three carries. Senior running back Colin Harrison added 35 yards and two touchdowns on nine carries, while senior fullback Iverson Lane had 53 yards and a touchdown on two carries.
Sophomore Elba running back JT Coleman also had a 27-yard touchdown run and returned two punts for 31 yards.
Defensively, Elba was led by junior linebacker Chrystyile Caldwell with 11 tackles and three tackles-for-loss. Junior linebacker Paxton Wise added six tackles and two fumble recoveries