The Daleville Warhawks (5-2, 2-2) will hit the road this Friday, Oct. 11, to face off against Class 2A, Region 2 rival Abbeville Yellow Jackets (4-2, 3-1) in a game with playoff implications.
Currently, Abbeville is sitting in the third place spot in Region 2 just ahead of Daleville. The Yellow Jackets are coming off of a stinging 29-8 loss to Ariton on the road. A win here would put Daleville in third place of region two with the head-to-head advantage over Abbeville.
“Abbeville is a fast team and they’re really well coached,” Daleville coach Desmond Lett said. “Coach (Robin) Tyra does a great job coaching those guys and they’ll be at home this week, so I expect to see them come out and be ready to show out in front of their home crowd.”
Abbeville is coming off of back-to-back losses to Pike County and Ariton after starting off the season 4-0. Before last week, Abbeville was the No. 7-ranked team in Class 2A.
“They’re coming off a two-game losing streak but they’ve been on the road both of those games, so they’ll be fired up to be back home,” Lett said. “We have to take the crowd out of the game and take the game away from them really.
“We have to execute our game plan and drive the ball and not play to their strengths. We can’t turn the ball over and I think if we do that it’ll be a game at the end.”
Abbeville thrashed the Daleville 54-0 last season and the Warhawks will surely be hungry to avenge one of the most lopsided losses in Daleville history.
Daleville running back Jalen White is coming off another monster game for the Warhawks and currently is sitting at 2,225 yards and 31 touchdowns on the season, which is No. 1 in not only the State of Alabama but the entire nation, according to MaxPreps.
Abbeville has given up more than 200 yards rushing just once this season – against Geneva County – and this matchup will see one of the state’s top rushing attacks against possibly the best run defense in the region.
The Warhawks will also potentially get a weapon back for the offense as Peanut Bloodsaw is expected to return from a foot injury he suffered against Ariton. Bloodsaw has played quarterback, fullback, tailback and wide receiver on offense along with cornerback on defense for the Warhawks, and his return could take some pressure off of White.
Daleville junior Sincere McKenzie also continues to have a big season with 616 all-purpose yards and three touchdowns along with 32 tackles and two interceptions on defense.
Daleville linebacker Myles Parris has had a big season for the Warhawks so far with 44 tackles and 8.5 tackles-for-loss, while Melvin Matthews has added 29.5 tackles and eight tackles-for-loss so far.
The Yellow Jackets’ defense is giving up just 18 points per game, while Daleville is averaging 45.7 points per game. Both of those numbers are No. 1 in the region.