The Daleville Warhawks football team completed their first week of spring practices last week under new head coach Will Garner as they inch towards the spring game next week.
The Warhawks aren’t just breaking in a new head coach as spring begins, they’re breaking in new faces all across the team. Garner said that Daleville has 50 eighth through 12th graders taking part in spring practices, after having less than 30 last season.
“We have right at 50 guys out right not counting our incoming seventh graders,” Garner said. “We’ve gotten better each day. We’re just real young with a lot to improve on.
“We have a lot of new guys starting to try and figure things out. The weight room has been really good to them and they’re starting to figure it out on the field, too. A few of them have their heads spinning but that’s understandable just starting out. I’m pleased with the progress with some of our newer guys. We’re going to have a lot of new faces that are going to be able to help us out this fall.”
Along with new faces on the team, the coaching staff will also have some new faces as Dale County offensive coordinator Evan Ballard has taken over as Daleville’s new offensive coordinator. Additionally, former Charles Henderson assistant coach Emil Jones will be coaching the wide receivers for Daleville this season.
The Warhawks will have just two seniors going into the fall but Garner said that they are embracing a leadership role already.
“We only have the two seniors on the team right now,” Garner said. “Jeremiah Cunningham – who is a returning starter at tailback – and Amari Gomez – who is a basketball player that we talked into playing football – are our only two seniors. Both of those guys have stepped in really well into leadership roles.”
Daleville will travel to Pleasant Home on May 21 for a three-way spring game against Pleasant Home and JU Blacksheer. Garner said that the varsity will play a half against Pleasant Home and a half against JU Blacksheer and then the JV team will play a quarter against each team.