Previews of week 7 matchups
Rosepine at Pickering, 7 p.m.
For four years, Johnny Cryer was the head coach at Pickering before heading south down Highway 171 to Rosepine this year. Cryer has the Eagles sitting at 5-1 and 2-0 in the district after the team had lost 20 straight games coming into the 2017 season. Rosepine is a run-heavy team led by Seth Shirley at running back and fullback Dalton McCallon. Throughout the year with teams loading the box, the Rosepine offense used the arm of Seth Ducote to catch teams off guard and add a new element to its offense.
Pickering (0-6, 0-2) has struggled this season on offense, averaging just 6 points a game and giving up 35 points per game. Quan Blackwell has been a bright spot for the Red Devil offense, running for 151 yards on 19 carries last week against DeQuincy. Running back Mikey Hood and fullback John Gregory aid Blackwell in the running game.
DeRidder at Tioga, 7 p.m.
DeRidder has a chance to make a move in the district standing with its matchup against Tioga. Tioga (5-1, 1-0) is tied with Leesville atop the standings and brings in a three-game winning streak. The Indians are led by freshman quarterback Blake McGehee who has thrown for 1144 yards and eight touchdowns this season and has three receivers with over 250 yards on the year.
DeRidder (4-1, 0-0) quarterback Lane Armer is coming off a five-touchdown performance against West Ouachita with four touchdowns going to Chris Grant and Dre Bagley. The Dragons will use a mix of the running attack of Torrin Bouvia and the arm of Armer to keep the Tioga defense (18 points per game) guessing.
Iowa at South Beauregard, 7 p.m.
South Beauregard is winless on the year, and with one of the top teams in the 3A coming into town, the road does not get any easier. Iowa (6-0, 4-0) is giving up 12.1 points per game and is scoring 27.7 points per contest. The Yellowjackets headed by running back Jedd Self, who scored three touchdowns and rushed for 126 yards last week against St. Louis.
The Knights (0-5, 0-2) offense has scored a combined 12 points in the last two weeks and will rely on the running ability of Braeden James in an attempt to keep Iowa off the field and find the endzone.
Merryville at South Cameron, 7 p.m.
Merryville looks to pick up back-to-back wins for the first time this season against South Cameron. The Tarpons (0-5, 0-4) averages on 17.2 points per game this season with their defense allowing 43.4 point per game. The passing game for South Cameron is led by quarterback Caleb Little and receivers Kyler Little and Brayden Richard, both of which have over 300 receiving yards this year.
The Panthers (2-4, 1-3) defense has been solid throughout the year and has been steadily improving week-to-week, giving up 23.2 points per game. The offense is led by Desmond McCain, who rushed for 202 yards on 31 carries last week. Fullback Kaileb Flanigan in a redzone threat and punched in a touchdown last week against Grand Lake.
East Beauregard at DeQuincy, 7 p.m.
DeQuincy started the season with back-to-back losses but has won three of its last four games to get back within striking distance of the district lead. The Tigers (3-3, 1-1) are one game back of East Beauregard and Rosepine, who are both undefeated in district play.
The Trojans (2-3, 2-0) are No. 31 in the Power Rankings, .59 points ahead of the DeQuincy. East Beauregard relies on its running game to control the tempo and wear down the opposing team. The Trojan running attack is led by Devin Baumery, Devin Perkins, Brycelyn Murphy and Konner Seal, all of which can lead the team in rushing depending on what defenses give them.