Omarion Pinckney

Omarion Pinckney (8) looks for yardage against New Brockton. 

The young Daleville Warhawks (0-4, 0-2) will have another tough test this Friday, Sept. 17, on the road against Class 3A, Region 2 foe Opp Bobcats (3-1, 2-0).

Daleville is coming off a frustrating loss to New Brockton, while Opp earned its second region win in a row last week against Houston Academy. The Bobcats have outscored region opponents 76-21 so far this season, while the Warhawks have been outscored 95-20 in region games.

Daleville will have to contend with another high-powered “spread” style offense this week against former Alabama head coach Mike DuBose and his Bobcats.

“Opp is hands down the best team we’ll have seen so far,” Daleville coach Will Garner said. “They’re big, physical and they don’t have anyone that stands out because everyone across the board is a very solid football player at every position.

“You know Coach DuBose will have them coached up well and ready to play. It just boils down to our guys, the effort and execution of a young football team.”

While both the Daleville offense and defense has struggled this season, quarterback Omarion Pinckney has managed to provide a spark on the offensive side at times. Pinckney has rushed for 455 yards and five touchdowns along with 130 yards and two touchdowns passing. No Warhawk runner had more than 492 yards for the entire season in 2020.

Garner said that everything moving forward is about his team improving, not just for today but for the future.

“We have to continue to get better at execution and effort for four full quarters,” Garner said. “We talk about that every day. Yes, we want to win football games right now in the present, but this young group is going to be together for a long time.

“We are building for the future. That’s what we’re hammering in. We expect a tough game this Friday night but it’s not anything our guys are going to back down from.”

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