Warhawks take air out of Greenville
Greenville coach Mike Williams said all week that his Tigers could not give up the deep threat.
Mission accomplished - for at least one quarter.
Then Daleville's air attack took all of the air out of Greenville's gameplan.
The Warhawks scored three touchdowns through the air on strikes of 28, 32 and 39 yards to hand the Tigers' first-year coach a 27-12 defeat.
"They hit us with two big plays, and then we hurt ourselves with penalties," Williams said. "Now we just need regroup."
Daleville's run and shoot offense was more of a run once and shoot often offense on Friday at Tiger Stadium. Quarterbacks Raphael Jones and Tevin Flowers had plenty of time to get passes to their receivers as a swing pass or a vertical route.
Daleville jumped out to an 8-0 lead with 1:19 left in the first half when Jones connected with Quinton Roberts for his first of two receiving touchdowns on the night.
On the second play of the Warhawks deep inside Greenville territory, Roberts snagged a 28-yard strike. Jones then jogged into the end zone untouched on a high point after touchdown snap for the conversion.
Daleville (1-0) managed to take over at the Greenville 41 on a bad snap from center on a punt attempt.
(0-1) scored its first touchdown of the season with 8:15 left in the third quarter on an Isiah Mack 54-yard gallop up the gut to draw within two points of the Warhawks.
Daleville answered Greenville's score with Roberts catching his second touchdown pass of the night from 32 yards out to give the Warhawks some breathing room. Flowers hit Roberts in stride along the right side and walked into the end zone for a 14-6 lead heading into the final quarter.
"Our offensive line gave us time to get the ball in the air, and we got better as the game went along," Daleville coach Harry Wayne Parrish said. "The one thing I'm most proud of is our effort. Everyone gave 110 percent tonight."
The Warhawks tacked on two more touchdowns in the fourth - one on the ground and another through the air.
Ricky Stewart capped an eight-play, 50-yard drive with a 2-yard romp into the end zone with 8:07 left to play for a 20-6 lead.
Greenville then fumbled the ensuing kickoff to give Daleville the ball back at the Tiger 37.
The Warhawks needed just three plays before Flowers hit Gary Kelly on a 39-yard strike for a comfortable 27-6 lead.
"We had a couple instances where all 11 guys played as one, but most of the time that didn't happen," Williams said. "You can't be successful if all 11 don't execute."
Greenville managed to cut into Daleville's lead with 1:46 left in the game when quarterback Lynn Lewis scored from 6 yards out to draw the Tigers within two touchdowns of the Warhawks.
Greenville opens region play at home Friday against Wetumpka, which lost to Prattville, 40-9.