The DeRidder offense found success through the air and on the ground to pick up its third win of the season.

The Dragons blocked out the distractions that can come along with homecoming to defeat Pickering 47-0.

"I thought it was a good win," said DeRidder head coach Brad Parmley. "Offensively, we made some big plays and defensively too. It was a total team win. I was proud of the kids.

"We talked about homecoming being a big deal for every school. It was good for people to come back and watch a game, but at the same time, it was just Friday for us."

DeRidder (3-1) passed for 186 yards and ran for 145 yards in win, a recipe that brings success.

"That goal is to be balanced, so they can't key in on one or the other," Parmley said. "That's what we have been trying to accomplish and that's one of things we were proud of last night."

Pickering falls to 0-5 on the year, but head coach Eddie Thomas hopes lessons learned during a tough stretch of the schedule can pay dividends heading into district play.

"I thought defensively, we played better," Thomas said. "We were in the right spots but we didn't tackle well. We are much improved except making tackles. We didn't do well offensively, but I took responsibility for that. We are going to work harder and get better.

"We're not where we want to be, by any means. We're making mistakes that are correctable. Our preseason schedule has been pretty tough. We've faced quite a few teams that are quality football teams. Hopefully the games will slow down a little bit."

The Dragons went up 14-0 in the first quarter with a 38-yard run from running back Greg Woodard and a 38-yard pass from Lane Armer to Chris Grant.

DeRidder tacked on 13 more in the second quarter, courtesy of two touchdowns from running back Torrin Bouvia.

In the third quarter, Armer found Dre Bagley for an 8-yard touchdown, and Brandon Sturden took a fumble 31 yards for a score. Woodard tacked on a 7-yard touchdown run with 2 minutes, 59 seconds remaining in the third for the game's final score.

Woodard, a junior, tallied 80 yards on the ground and 92 through the air, and Armer was 10-for-15 passing for 186 yards.

Bouvia had 16 carries for 58 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

Quan Blackwell led Pickering with 16 carries for 62 yards.

"It's nice to have someone to lean back on," Thomas said of Blackwell. "(John) Gregory helps Quan get a lot of that because he does a lot of good things, as far as blocking goes. They have more confidence when he's got the ball. They know something good is usually going to happen."