Pinckney

Daleville quarterback Omarion Pinckney (8) rushed for more than 100 yards for the second straight week last week.

The Daleville Warhawks (0-2) hit the road for the first time on Aug. 27 and took a tough in-county loss to the Dale County Warriors (1-1) by a score of 55-18.

Just like in the season opener, the Warhawks started out slugging it out with the Warriors before a dominant second quarter put Dale County ahead for good. The Warriors opened the game forcing a Daleville three-and-out and the Warhawks fumbled the snap on a punt attempt giving Dale County the ball in scoring position early on.

Dale County made the Warhawks pay as Malik Scott cashed in a 2-yard run to put the Warriors up 7-0 following the PAT. Daleville answered back immediately, however, as the Warhawks marched on an 11-play, 72-yard drive that quarterback Omarion Pinckney capped off with a 4-yard touchdown run. The two-point try failed and Dale County continued to lead 7-6.

Dale County responded with a 50-yard touchdown run from Keviun Anderson to extend the Warrior lead to 14-6, and then a bobbled kickoff return pushed the Warhawks back to their own 9-yard line. Dale County forced another Daleville three-and-out as the first quarter came to an end.

The second quarter was all Dale County as the Warriors scored on all four of their possessions of the period. They scored on an 11-yard run from Scott, a 61-yard pass from Alexander Banks to Derrion Crossley, another 38-yard pass from Banks to Crossley and a 21-yard run from Tristan Smith. The Warriors converted on 3-of-4 PAT attempts, as well.

Meanwhile, Daleville had three turnovers on downs and a fumble in just 15 total plays in the second quarter with eight of those coming on the final drive of the quarter. Dale County went into halftime with a 41-6 lead.

“We did not have the success we were hoping for,” Daleville coach Will Garner said. “The effort was decent for most of the ball game but execution was not as high as we were hoping for on both sides of the ball.

“Early in the ballgame we got behind the chains a little bit because we shot ourselves in the foot and defensively we didn’t tackle well in space. Those things are things we can control and fix and those things will be addressed this week.”

Dale County wasn’t done with the scoring barrage either as Crossley returned the opening second-half kickoff 77 yards for a touchdown to put the Warriors up 48-6.

Daleville finally got back on the scoreboard when Pinckney weaved his way through the Warrior defense on his way to a 43-yard touchdown run. The two-point try failed and Dale County still led 48-12.

Dale County scored late in the third quarter on a Smith 4-yard run to extend the lead to 55-12. The last score of the game came after Daleville’s Jonathan Lett forced a fumble and gave the Warhawks the ball deep in Warrior territory. Freshman Marcus Smith then carried the ball down to the 1-yard line and eighth grader Reuben Garcia cashed in on a 1-yard touchdown run to cut the lead to 55-18 after a failed two-point try. Dale County would then run the clock out to secure the win.

In total, Dale County rolled up a balanced 241 yards of offense with 210 yards on the ground and 131 yards in the air, while Daleville managed 198 yards of offense with 195 yards coming on the ground.

Daleville was led by Pinckney with 139 yards and two touchdowns on 24 carries. Jeremiah Moore added 43 yards on 13 carries along with five tackles on defense. Lett also had five tackles, one tackle-for-loss and a forced fumble to the lead the Warhawk defense, while Amaury Gomez had six tackles.

Dale County was led by Anderson with 77 yards and a touchdown on just four carries, while Smith had 68 yards and two touchdowns on seven carries. Banks completed 4-of-4 pass attempts for 130 yards and two touchdowns, and Crossley caught two passes for 99 yards and two touchdowns along with two kickoff returns for 106 yards and a touchdown.

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