The Daleville Warhawks (2-0, 0-0) will look to keep their hot start to the 2019 football season going as region play begins this week on the road against the Houston County Lions (0-1, 0-0).
Daleville is coming off of a wild 58-41 win over Wicksburg last week, while Houston County was thumped by Class 3A’s Providence Christian 49-0 a week ago.
Daleville’s 58 points against Wicksburg was the most points scored by a Warhawk team since scoring 58 in 2002.
While Houston County is an always tough opponent, it’s hard for the Warhawks to get a grip on how good they are this season after facing one of the top team’s Class 3A in their only game last week.
“They matched up against a very strong Providence team,” Daleville coach Desmond Lett said. “So, it’s been tough to really gauge them on film so far, but they have some great athletes and they’re always very athletic as a football team. They have a good amount of speed again this year.”
Even with that speed, Houston County gave up 358 yards rushing to Providence Christian last week, which plays right into the hands of the Warhawks who have one of the top running games in the state, which will be even stronger this week.
“Coach (Scott) Parker is having a great time with that group up front,” Lett said. “We’re getting some more back this week – Cameron Giles and Brian Serrano – who are both starters and are coming back from injuries, so our line will get even better with those guys coming back.”
Even without two starters last week, Elite 11 running back Jalen White rushed for a career-high 309 yards and five touchdowns as he torched the Wicksburg defense. So far this season, White has rushed for a staggering 598 yards and nine touchdowns through just two games.
“I have not seen anything like it,” Lett said of the season his running back is having. “The kid works extremely hard but it’s a complete team effort. He runs hard and breaks a lot of tackles, but if you talked to Jalen right now he would tell you he doesn’t do it alone. He’s getting some massive blocks up front and he makes the best of it.”
The Warhawks will be without receiver/cornerback Kawan Taylor for the rest of the season, unfortunately, as the senior broke his leg in a collision last week against Wicksburg.
Lett said that the important thing this week will be once again playing their game against the Lions.
“If we just stay within our game, capitalize on their mistakes and limit our mistakes we’ll be fine,” Lett emphasized. “We have to play our game, though.”
The Warhawks will travel to Houston County on Friday, Sept. 5, to play Houston County at 7 p.m.