DeRidder has a chance to make a move in the district standings with its matchup against Tioga Friday night.
Tioga (5-1, 1-0) is tied with Leesville atop the standings and brings in a three-game winning streak, while DeRidder (4-1, 0-0) has also won three in a row, but have yet to play a district game.
The Indians are led by freshman quarterback Blake McGehee who has thrown for 1,144 yards and eight touchdowns this season.
Freshman Ethan Christman (338 yards), freshman Tray'von Culbert (277 yards) and sophomore Kenneth Ravare (259 yards) are McGehee's go-to guys through the air.
Running back Joe Lott has ran for 464 yards on 79 carries, and Markenzie Taylor has 35 carries for 303 yards for a 8.7 yards per attempt average.
"They are a good football team," DeRidder head coach Brad Parmley said. "You can tell when you watch film. They're ranked between four and six in the polls and power rankings. You can understand why pretty quickly. They're very skilled. The quarterback is a good football and have some receivers that can go get it. Their speed is where it needs to be and their offensive line is good sized. They're, overall, a really good football team."
With the mix of passing and rushing from the Tioga offense, the DeRidder defense will need to be strong up front if it wants to have success.
The Dragons are giving up 11.2 points per game, including shutouts against Pickering and Washington-Marion.
"(Tiogo) does both well," Parmley said. "You have to limit the big plays and tackled well in space.
"Defense is always a team effort. It starts with the defensive line winning the line for scrimmage and hopefully getting some pressure. The backend needs to do their part too."
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.
"They are experienced on the defensive side of the ball," Parmley said. "They have six or seven seniors playing defense. They do a good job of lining up and getting to the football."
Despite a three-game winning streak, Parmley knows his team will have to keep improving as the season goes on and they get deep into district play.
"We are just looking to improve from last week, and like we always talk about, get better day-by-day and week-by-week," Parmley said. "I'm looking forward to starting districts, and the kids are looking forward to starting districts. We are hoping we can just keep getting better."
After its matchup with the Indians, DeRidder takes on Leesville (5-1, 1-0) and Buckeye (3-3, 0-1) in the next two weeks, for the toughest stretch of its season.
"Right now, we're focused on Tioga," Parmley said. "We try not to look ahead or behind and keep focused on the now. Right now, we're playing a really good Tioga team and trying to get better."