Speedy Wiley (11) and the Warhawks will look to get on track against Long this week.

As the Daleville Warhawks (0-5) continue to search for their first win of 2020, they will step out of region play to face off against the Class 2A No. 7-ranked GW Long Rebels (3-0) on Sept. 25 for Homecoming.

Daleville and GW Long are no strangers having played the past two seasons – splitting those games – and Warhawk head coach Desmond Lett said he expects an excellent football team to roll into Warhawk Stadium this week.

“Long is a very physical football team,”Lett said. “Coach (Scott) Horne has done a great job with his guys over there in Skipperville. I don’t think they lost many players off a team that made a pretty deep run in the playoffs last year.

“We’re familiar with them and (quarterback Kobie) Stringer is a very good athlete and they also have (running back Trevor Morris) that has some decent size and definitely has some wheels.”

Lett said his expectations continue to remain the same; just continue to grow as a team.

“Like I say week in and week out I want to see us continue to fight and continue to grow,” Lett emphasized. “Yes, we’re playing young players out there but you have to keep playing and you have a full season that you have to play and grow during.

“If you’re at a standstill while everyone else is growing it just makes you that much further behind (everyone else).”

Lett said that his focus is on making sure that his team continues to work hard and prepare because that’s what it’s going to take to notch a win. Lett said that he preaches to his players that they control what they do on the field and the results that come from that.

“You can’t feel sorry for yourself and you have to come in and work and be ready to fight because no one else is going to feel sorry for you,” Lett said. “You have to show up and be ready to fight for what you want and if you don’t want to continue to get beat you have to keep doing that.

“Right now everyone has Daleville circled on their calendar with a ‘win’ marked down next to it but I tell them that they can control that. You can control how you come out and play in the game. We just have to keep getting better and keep working hard and fighting.”

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