Warhawks looking for leadership as summer workouts continue
By Josh Boutwell
The Daleville Warhawks returned to the practice field Monday afternoon, under new head coach Robert Armstrong.After a week off, Armstrong said the team was ready to get back on the field.“We took the past week off but they were back out their getting it cranked back up,” Armstrong said of the return to summer workouts. “They’re looking pretty good so far but we have plenty to work on, and we’re working hard to try and figure out a few things.”Armstrong said one of the focal points for the defense is finding some players that can play in multiple spots.“We have some kids that are athletic and good tacklers but we’re going to have to move some guys around and get them used to playing two or three different spots,” he said. “We have to find some guys to play linebacker and getting them used to playing these different spots and catching up with the new calls on the defense are big.”Adjusting to the new defensive system and calls will be important for Armstrong’s defense heading into the fall.Offensively, the Warhawks are looking for a combination of offensive linemen to gel.“We have to get better on the offensive line,” Armstrong said. “Chance (Head) being back at quarterback really helps, and we’ll have to lean on him a lot.”Replacing Elite 11 fullback Kainan Pouncy will be a group effort, according to Armstrong.“Pouncy was out there today watching practice,” Armstrong said. “I told him not to be teasing me out there. That guy’s going to be tough to replace.”The bruising runner accounted for 1,227 yards and 15 touchdowns as a senior in 2016.“We’re just going to have to try and take care of the football and get some of our skill guys that are coming back, like TJ Tanner, in some one-on-one situations,” Armstrong said. “We’re going to try to be patient and take what the defense gives us so that we can get into a position to where we can throw the football.”Finding leaders is another key to the Warhawks’ offseason workouts, Armstrong said.“Without a doubt, leadership is big this time of year,” Armstrong emphasized. “Especially with 18 seniors gone from a year ago, that’s a lot of tackles, a lot of blocks made, a lot of carries that aren’t here anymore.“So, we need some guys to step up and maybe take on that role that they haven’t had to do in the past.”Armstrong said that Head is one of the veteran players that is stepping up in off season workouts but more leaders will need to be identified as fall camp approaches.Daleville’s Fall Camp gets started Aug. 7 but until then summer workouts continue for the Warhawks.