Pinckney

Omarion Pinckney (8) looks for yardage. 

The Daleville Warhawks (0-6) had another tough outing last week when they fell to the GW Long Rebels (3-1) by a score of 54-8 on the road on Sept. 25.

While the Rebels scored early and often the Warhawks, implementing a new offensive scheme for the week, managed to drive down the field on their opening possession before turning the ball over on downs inside the Long 35-yard line.

After injuries to a number of running backs, the Warhawks went with a “spread” offense against Long.

“We had some injury stuff that has kind of plagued us with the running back and fullback position,” Daleville coach Will Garner said. “So, we had to jump into something a little different to give us a chance to try and move the football.”

Long then struck fast with a 31-yard touchdown pass from Kobie Stringer to Blayne McDaniel. On Daleville’s next possession, the Rebels intercepted an attempted screen pass and took it 20 yards for another touchdown, and just like that the Warhawks were down 14-0 going into the second quarter.

The Rebels continued to pile it on with an 11-yard touchdown run from Stringer, a 46-yard scoring pass from Stringer to Hayes Horne, a 7-yard touchdown run from Trevor Morris, a 39-yard touchdown run from Jackson Chancey and a 53-yard touchdown run from Stringer. The Rebels also returned a kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown to take a 54-0 lead into halftime.

With a running clock in the second half, Daleville finally got on the scoreboard in the fourth quarter on a 2-yard touchdown run from quarterback Omarion Pinckney to bring the final score 54-8 after Pinckney also converted a two-point try.

For the game, Daleville totaled just 146 yards of offense, while the Rebels rolled up 302 yards on just 35 offensive plays.

“(Long) is coached well and they have really good players but I thought our effort was decent,” Garner said. “With our young group that we have, some of us don’t understand how to put the effort and execution all together for a full football game still.

“That’s what we keep preaching and what we can practicing and we have much better days ahead for this young Daleville football team. We just have to keep working and keep striving for those days.”

Pinckney led Daleville with 68 yards and a touchdown on a career-high 30 carries, while he also completed 2-of-7 passes for 23 yards and an interception. Amaury Gomez carried the ball four times for 38 yards and also caught a pass for eight yards, while Marcus Smith carried the ball four times for 17 yards and also caught one pass for 15 yards.

Defensively, the Warhawks were led by linebacker Caden Elmore with eight tackles and one tackle-for-loss, while Gomez recorded four tackles and TJ Waller earned three tackles.

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