With a playoff spot firmly in their back pocket, the Daleville Warhawks (6-3, 3-3) will head to Clayton this Friday, Oct. 25, to close out the regular season on the road against the Barbour County Jaguars (0-8, 0-6) in a Class 2A, Region 2 finale.
While it is a region matchup, Daleville secured the fourth spot last week in a win over Geneva County. On the other side, Barbour County comes into this game on a 58-game losing streak.
The Jaguars have not won a game since an Oct. 18, 2013 win over Catholic-Montgomery and have been outscored 522-88 this season. The 522 points the Jags have given up this season is a school-record already.
Daleville, however, has scored 396 points already this season, which is second in school history. Only the 1992 state championship team scored more points. That team scored 521 points but did so in 15 games. The 1992 team scored 376 points during the regular season.
Daleville running back Jalen White has amassed a nation-leading 2,920 yards and 39 touchdowns thus far this season and is just 563 yards away from tying the AHSAA single-season rushing record.
JaMarius Henderson set the mark at 3,483 yards back in 2014 but he did it in 15 games, while White could very close to the mark this week in just his 10th game of the season.
While Daleville coach Desmond Lett wants to see his star running back set the record and the Warhawks know they’re already in the playoffs, he also doesn’t want Daleville to look past the Jags this week.
“They’re an athletic team overall,” Lett said of Barbour County. “I know they haven’t won a game in awhile but I expect them to come out and fight. We have to go in and take care of business and impose our will in the game.
“We have to make sure our kids know you can’t just take a week off. I told them last week that if they want to win it all they have to win seven straight (games). We won one and now we’re in week two of that stretch. We can’t overlook them and have to take care of business.”
Lett said that if the Warhawks can get a big early lead, he’d like to get some of his banged up Warhawks a rest.
“We have some kids banged up, so we would like to be able to give them a rest and get some of our younger kids in the game,” he continued. “But that means the older guys have to get in there and take care of business for us to be able to do that.”