The Daleville Warhawks football team traveled to Midland City on Wednesday, July 10, to take part in a 7-on-7 tournament hosted by Dale County High School.
Daleville was greeted with an unusual cool breeze for this time of year at the tournament as the Warhawks competed with 10 area teams that included Elba, Wicksburg, Providence Christian, Dale County, Dothan JV, Dothan Freshmen, Luverne, Samson and Carroll.
The Warhawks came into the tournament a bit shorthanded with a few starters out of town, including reigning Elite 11 Offensive Player of the Year Jalen White.
“I felt like things went great,” Daleville coach Desmond Lett said. “We competed out there even though we were a little shorthanded. We had a couple of starters out of town but I felt like we competed and stayed positive for the most part.”
With White out of the lineup, it gave a chance for running back Sincere McKenzie and receiver Jordan McDonald to make a number of plays during the tournament, including McKenzie making a highlight reel one-handed grab against Dothan.
“I felt like with Jalen not there it gave guys like Sincere and Jordan a chance to step up,” Lett said. “It also made (quarterback) Peanut (Bloodsaw) open his eyes to the fact that we do have some other playmakers on the field besides Jalen.”
Bloodsaw also got the chance to play receiver during the tournament and made some big plays – including turning a short catch into a 40-yard touchdown – himself.
“That’s something we may mix in a little bit,” Lett said of moving Bloodsaw around to different positions on offense. “Peanut is a great young athlete and we just want to mix it up and find more ways to put him in different positions to give him more opportunities to make plays in different ways.”
While Lett said that the Warhawks would include some new plays and even maybe some new formations into the Warhawk offense, he doesn’t expect any wholesale changes will be coming this season.