DEL CITY — For Del City coach Nick Warehime, there’s no magic formula for success. Lately, though, it seems everything he’s done has worked.
At the end of last year, he decided to switch things up with the defensive personnel, opting to get his younger players some game experience. It also helped the Eagles put together an impressive stretch toward the end of the season that left them just out of playoff contention. It hasn’t slowed down this year, as Del City beat rival Midwest City 27-15 to start the season, showing an explosive passing game and a solid defense. "I think the thing that’s the key to this football team is chemistry,” Warehime said. "There’s only 55 of us. They get along so well, and the kids just enjoy being around each other.” In the latest numbers used to determine classifications, Del City was 30th of 32 teams in 6A, just about 110 students away from dropping to Class 5A. But even though it’s early, the Eagles are proving they can hang. A lot of that starts at the top. "There are no excuses,” Warehime said. "We just work to give these kids a chance to be just as good as any other players and team out there.” While wide receivers Chris McAlister and Donovan Dan and the rest of the Eagles’ stout passing attack have gotten the majority of the attention, the defense is certainly worthy of note as well. The Eagles have a combination of speed and size that made them tough to match up against for Midwest City. The win was Del City’s first in the series since 2002, when the Eagles won 14-10. Warehime is in his third season of coaching Del City.