On Friday, Sept. 13, the Daleville Warhawks (3-0, 1-0) will host Class 2A, Region 2 foe G.W. Long Rebels (2-0, 1-0) in a battle of the unbeaten.
Daleville, Long and Abbeville all sit atop the region at 2-0 and 1-0 in region play, while Ariton is also 1-0 in region play but 1-2 overall.
Long started off the season with a 28-16 win over Class 4A’s Dale County before handily defeating Barbour County 59-14 last week. The Warhawks are coming off their own dominating 44-13 win over Houston County.
In three games this season, Daleville is averaging 46.6 points per game and star running back Jalen White has amassed a staggering 807 yards and 13 touchdowns. White has rushed for at least 200 yards in every game so far this season.
“We have a pretty experienced line – with three returning starters up there – so that has been big this year,” Daleville coach Desmond Lett said of his rushing attack. “We have some backs that are just running the ball extremely hard, too. Jalen obviously has been terrific, but also Sincere (McKenzie) has been running really well.
“Sincere is smaller than Jalen but he runs super hard, too.”
Long gave up just 92 yards rushing against Dale County in week one, so this game will be a big test for the Warhawk ground game.
“I expect to see a well-coached, very physical and athletic team,” Lett said of Long. “I expect them to come out and fight hard. They’re a real hard-nosed football team.”
Daleville defeated Long 32-8 last season and Lett said he expects the Rebels to come in fired up.
“We were able to beat them last year and I expect them to come in wanting to get that win back,” Lett said.
Lett said that his message to his team this week is the same as it will be every week, the Warhawks must play their game to win, which is control the line-of-scrimmage, run the ball and play sound defense.
“We have to execute and continue to play our game,” Lett said. “We can’t play into their game. We have to keep getting better every single week and make sure we’re tackling better, too.
“They have a couple of really good athletes that we have to make sure we wrap up and take to the ground. As long we do that, execute our blocks and execute our assignments we should be able to come away with a victory.”