The New Brockton Gamecocks (3-1, 1-1) came away with a 45-20 win over Class 3A, Region 2 rival Daleville Warhawks (0-4, 0-2) last Friday, Sept. 10.
The Warhawks looked to have New Brockton stopped near midfield on the Gamecocks’ first possession of the game to force a punt, but when New Brockton attempted a pass on a fourth down fake point, a Daleville defender was flagged for pass interference.
A few plays later New Brockton quarterback Kaden Cupp raced to a 32-yard touchdown run to give the Gamecocks an early 7-0 lead. Daleville then fumbled on its first offensive possession and things snowballed from there.
New Brockton fullback Drew Cashin scored on a 2-yard run and Cupp threw a 56-yard touchdown pass to Matthew Smith and a 22-yard touchdown pass to Jaxon Whitworth to give the Gamecocks a 28-0 lead going into the second quarter.
In the second quarter, New Brockton continued to pile on with a 32-yard touchdown pass from Cupp to Whitworth and a 61-yard scoring run from Cupp.
“Obviously we got the result we wanted,” New Brockton coach Zack Holmes said. “I’ve been talking all year about starting fast and getting out there and getting after it from the jump. It’s all about us and the standard we set and play to and I thought the older guys did extremely well with that.
“I thought we played really hard and executed really well. Some of the balls we were throwing and catching took a high level of execution no matter who you were playing. Defending the triple option is always a pain in the neck and I felt like the older guys did a really good job of being locked in and doing their jobs.”
Cupp played just one half of football but still managed to put up video game-like stats with 170 yards and three touchdowns passing on 5-of-7 pass attempts along with 152 yards and two touchdowns rushing on just six carries. Cupp’s total of 322 all-purpose yards averaged up to 29 yards per play. New Brockton had not thrown much going into the Daleville game.
“We want to take what the defense gives us and if I was defending us I’d load the box on us (to stop the run),” Holmes said. “Daleville had a good plan and did that. We knew the day was coming where we’d have to throw the ball and that was Friday night.”
Daleville managed to get on the scoreboard late in the second quarter as quarterback Omarion Pinckney scored on a 12-yard run. The failed two-point try meant New Brockton led 42-6 at halftime.
“I don’t think the scoreboard indicated the effort our guys gave,” Daleville coach Will Garner said. “I felt like it was one of the first games we’ve seen a full four quarter battle from a bunch of young men that are trying to learn how to play football.
“I was very pleased with the effort, how some of the execution on some of the things we do is still lacking. Some of it was mental mistakes, some of it was physical mistakes. The stuff we’ve been harping on about finishing and being able to play together for four quarters was much better from our young group.”
The Gamecocks played mostly younger players in the second half and only managed a 21-yard field goal from kicker Jacob Payton in the third quarter. In the fourth quarter, Daleville scored twice more with a 34-yard run from Pinckney and a 36-yard pass from Pinckney to Amuary Gomez. Daleville also converted 1-of-2 two-point attempts in the second half to make the final 45-20 in New Brockton’s favor.
In total, New Brockton rolled up 467 yards compared to Daleville’s 222 yards. New Brockton’s Brayson Carr completed 3-of-4 pass attempts for 32 yards and Jordan Tacey carried just once for 43 yards. Smith caught two passes for 87 yards and a touchdown, while Whitworth caught two passes for 54 yards and two touchdowns.
Defensively, Cashin recorded five tackles and one tackle-for-loss, while Tre Boland earned six tackles, one tackle-for-loss, one sack and one fumble recovery.
Pinckney led the Daleville offense with 115 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries, while Jonathan Lett rushed for 71 yards on 11 carries. Pinckney also completed 1-of-6 pass attempts for 36 yards and a touchdown. He also led the Daleville defense with five tackles.
Gomez also recorded four tackles and Lett totaled two tackles and a tackle-for-loss.