McKenzie

Sincere McKenzie (15) and Daleville are still looking for their first 2020 win.

The Daleville Warhawks (0-4, 0-2) will host Class 3A, Region 2 foe Opp Bobcats (3-1, 2-0) as they continue to search for their first 2020 win.

Opp brings in one of the most explosive offenses in Class 2A as a very young Warhawk team has struggled in all phases thus far this season.

The Daleville defense has given up 46 points per game and things won’t get any easier this week as Opp comes in averaging 39.8 points per game.

“From watching them on film they’re very fast,” Daleville coach Desmond Lett said of the Bobcats. “They’re a fast, physical football team. They’ll be looking to the throw the ball around a lot and they’re well coached.

“They looked like they’ve played together a long time. They’re very in-sync and they’re undefeated in the region.”

While the struggles for a Warhawk team that is short on experience and on depth have been plentiful so far this season, Daleville has also seen some bright spots. Defensive back/running back Speedy Wiley has led a Warhawk running game that has seen a number of different players contribute.

Wiley has rushed for more than 90 yards – and scored two touchdowns – in each of the last two games and is averaging more than 10 yards per carry this season. He also intercepted two passes against New Brockton a week ago.

Lett said that coaches have been attempting to emphasize the successes that the Warhawks have as much as correcting errors.

“We’re using (the success) as learning points,” Lett said. “There have been several games that we’ve done things that we were coached to do and it looked like we could be on a clinic tape, and then other times – even on the same play – we do things where we go back to our old ways.

“Part of that is just growth. As they grow up they’ll start to hopefully do those things correctly.”

Lett said that the scoreboard wouldn’t tell him how successful his team is this Friday night but rather whether or not his players are continuing to grow.

“I just want to see them grow,” Lett emphasized. “Get better every week. We can’t base our success on wins and losses.

“We have to base it on ‘are you getting better each week? Are you making the same mistakes, because if you are, you aren’t getting better.’ That’s what we’re concentrating on.”

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