Speedy Wiley (11) looks for running room as Jordan McDonald (12) blocks.

With region play continuing, the road doesn’t get any easier for the Daleville Warhawks (0-7, 0-4) as they travel to face off against the Slocomb Red Tops (5-1, 3-0) this Friday, Oct. 9.

Daleville will be matched up against one of the top offenses in Class 3A, Region 2 in Slocomb. The Red Tops are averaging 47.7 points per game. Slocomb running backs Jaylen Nobles and Rashawn Miller form a running game that has been nearly unstoppable this season.

“I expect to see another very good team,” Daleville coach Desmond Lett said of Slocomb. “They have a big back – Nobles – and they are a very well-coached team. I expect to see a disciplined group out there that’s still fighting for the region title. They’ll be ready to play, for sure.”

In recent weeks Daleville has shifted to doing more plays on offense out of the “spread formation” in an effort to get skill players like Speedy Wiley and Sincere McKenzie into open space.

“I think offensively being able to spread the ball out more helps us with getting our (running) backs out into space, which has been a problem for us,”Lett said. “Getting those guys out into space helps but we have to be able to capitalize when we get into the red zone and when we get into our opponent’s side of the field.”

Lett said while Daleville has struggled all season he has seen growth in his young players, which is the key.

“I do think we’re seeing growth, especially on our offensive and defensive lines,” Lett said. “We’re very young on both of those lines but these guys are getting in-game experience that is going to benefit the future of our program.

“I just want to see them come out this week and fight and play four full quarters and keep fighting no matter what the score looks like.”

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