For anyone that follows high school football, they understand that Region 1-6A is full of talented running backs.
The Trojans of Morristown West have one of those running backs with junior Hunter Delaney, who has already shined through his first two games.
“I feel confident being in a region full of talented guys,” Delaney said. “I feel so much better this year knowing that I am healthy. I was out a lot last year because of an injury. I do have confidence in myself going up against these teams.”
From Jefferson County to Dobyns-Bennett and all the way to Farragut, Region 1-6A is packed with dangerous offenses that rack up yards on the ground. A familiar face the Trojans have already seen is Ayden Houston of Jefferson County, who is the leading rushing in the region going into week five.
However, Delaney only has two games under his belt and is coming up fast. He has put together 295 yards on 45 attempts and has scored three touchdowns heading into West’s third game of the season against Farragut.
Of course, it will be no easy task for Delaney to continue these 100-yard rushing games, but he has complete confidence in himself and the offense surrounding him.
“As a team, we have a lot of confidence in ourselves,” he said. “From our coaches to who we have on the field. We have won our first two games and we feel good right now. I think this can be a good season for us.
“I give our offensive line so much credit. Without them, I wouldn’t be getting these kinds of numbers or scoring any touchdowns.”
The Trojans’ offensive line have done their job by creating the gaps for Delaney as well as pushing him forward for a score and a number of first downs.
That offensive line has only allowed two sacks so far, if that is any indicator of how well it has driven this offense.
And it is a little easier to move the ball whenever the defense is keeping opponents off the scoreboard, just like West did against Cherokee in a 35-0 victory.
“I’m super proud of our defense this year,” Delaney said. “It makes it so much easier lining up at running back. This defense has worked hard and to see the results makes us feel good. You are more comfortable on offense whenever your defense is playing well.”
Along with leading the Trojans in rushing, Delaney is developing into a leader for his team to rely on.
“We have a lot of leaders on this team,” Delaney said. “It’s not just me. Dylan Cribley (senior quarterback) has done a great job, too. We are close friends off the field so it makes it easier for us to communicate on the field as we try to lead this team to some more wins.”
It is the leadership West will need going through the rest of the season as it seeks its first winning season since joining Region 1-6A in 2017.
Delaney will look to continue his hot start from the backfield this Friday against the Farragut Admirals on the road.