Mason Laftery (7) and Michael Hicks (12) bring down an Elba ball carrier last week.

The Daleville Warhawks (0-1) will look to bounce back this week as they face county foe Dale County Warriors (0-1) on Aug. 27 on the road with both teams looking for their first win.

Daleville is coming off a 41-14 loss, while Dale County lost to Ariton by a score of 38-27. While the final score of Daleville’s loss last week will look similar to scores seen last season, the Warhawks hung with Elba for the first half.

“The effort was there Friday, which is what we’ve talked about,” Daleville coach Will Garner said. “Being able to fight and finish is what it’s about. The main thing we have to work on this week is being able to finish four full quarters.

“We played two really good ones on Friday and in the second half we got a little winded and unsure of ourselves. As a young football team we have to learn how to mentally withstand and finish for four quarters.”

Daleville totaled 250 yards of offense against Elba, which is more than all but one game in 2020. The Dale County offense gave up nearly 300 yards rushing to Ariton a week ago, which could play into the hands of the Warhawks as they want to continue establishing the run each week.

Defensively, though, Dale County will provide Daleville with much different challenges than Elba did. While Elba wants to line up and run right at opponents, the Warriors like to spread the ball around. Dale County quarterback Alex Banks threw for 141 yards and a touchdown last week, while running back Kevin Anderson rushed for 124 yards and two touchdowns.

“Dale County is going to be a really good football team,” Garner said. “They’re very athletic and love to get the ball out in space. It will be a different style of football than we saw with Elba.

“Elba lines everybody up inside, all 11 men as close as they can be, and pounds the football. Dale County is a little more finesse on the edges and they like to throw the ball a little bit more. It will be a different style for us and we will have to be on top of our game to have success against them.”

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