Warhawks score first win of the season against region foe Houston Academy

Warhawks score first win of the season against region foe Houston Academy
The Daleville Warhawks (1-2, 1-1) picked up a huge win against Class 3A Region 2 opponent Houston Academy Raiders (0-4, 0-2) Friday night by a score of 28-8.The win over Houston Academy was the first Daleville win for new coach Rob Armstrong, who believes this will be a nice confidence booster for his Warhawks.“That’s huge for us,” Armstrong said of getting that first win. “Our first two games were against some pretty good football teams and I think it was a combination of the fact that we were up against some good teams and we made some mistakes to help them out and maybe as coaches we didn’t put our guys into some good spots in those games.“To just get a win, that goes a long way for us. We’re playing some young guys that don’t have a lot of varsity experience in some spots and that will do them some good, too.”With the game tied at 8-8 with less than two minutes remaining in the opening half, the Warhawks took a shot down the field.Daleville senior quarterback Chance Head found receiver Tyler Presley wide open, on a play-action pass, for a 60-yard touchdown to give the Warhawks a huge 16-8 lead heading into the half.“Chance told me a couple of first downs earlier that he thought (that pass) was there,” Armstrong said of the play. “He said, ‘Let’s try it, coach’ and it seemed like a good spot for it.”Head completed 4-of-5 passes for 123 yards and two touchdowns against Houston Academy.“He played really well and that’s what you want out of Chance,” Armstrong said. “We’ve already discussed how we’re going to approach next week and the game plan. That’s a good thing about having a guy that has as much experience as Chance does.“He understands the game and he understands what we’re trying to do when we have the ball. He just needs to keep playing hard and keep leading.”Armstrong said that Head and the offense being able to hit those shots down the field are paramount to the Warhawks’ hard-nosed offensive style working, and loosening up defenses that are bound and determined to stop the Warhawk ground game.“You have to hit those shots down the field,” Armstrong said. “If you’re going to take your shots like that you have to execute. How many times are you going to get them on the play-action with guys running open like that? You have to take advantage of it when it comes.”Running back/slot-back Jalen White added an 11-yard rushing touchdown in the third quarter and Head found Presley again late in the game on a third-and-long play for a 31-yard touchdown pass.White led the Daleville rushing attack with 143 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries. Running back TJ Tanner added 80 yards on the ground and Presley caught all four of Head’s passes for 120 yards and two touchdowns. The Daleville offense piled up 396 yards of offense with 273 yards on the ground.Despite the win and the confidence boost, Armstrong still sees plenty of room for improvement.“I’m happy with the effort and I thought we played hard,” Armstrong said of his team’s performance. “We just had too many penalties that we have to clean up. That’s one of those things that can kill a drive on offense and give the other offense new life with a defensive penalty. We have to take care of those thing sand keep getting better and keep working.”Defensively, Armstrong was proud of the way the team played, especially in the second half. The Warhawk defense gave up just 178 total yards to Houston Academy.“I think defensively we tackled a bit better,” he said. “We still had some busts and some missed assignments but we tackled better and really covered better in the secondary.”
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