The numbers are there. The attitude is right. The players are working hard.

The numbers are there. The attitude is right. The players are working hard. Pickering head coach Lane Cook walked away from Thursday's spring game with East Beauregard very pleased as his Red Devils scored three times, while the Trojans were held scoreless. "I couldn't be happier with our performance and attitude," Cook said. "We played with aggression and everyone that played contributed. I'm very proud of all of our players. I believe we are going in the right direction." With 41 players on the roster, the Red Devils took to the field against the Trojans, who appeared to have an increase in number as well. The Trojan offense owned the first possession and managed to pick up three first downs. Running back Seth Shirley caught a pair of passes from senior quarterback Justin Rutherford for 23 yards and two of those first downs, while Shirley rambled 12 yards for the other one. However, the Pickering defense showed its speed and quickness in keeping the Trojans from reaching the end zone, with East Beauregard reaching the Pickering 39, but going no further. The Red Devil offense, under the direction of new starting quarterback Zachary Roberts, struggled early in their first possession to get things going. After picking up a first down on an Andre Flint run, Roberts was intercepted by Aaron Armstrong. But on the 11th play of the 15-play series, one of the Pickering newcomers came through with a big play. Sophomore-to-be Dontrez Banks, who made several nice stops as a member of the first-team Pickering defense, took the handoff, broke a tackle and shook a couple of defenders in racing 65 yards for a touchdown. It was his only carry of the contest as he later banged up his knee on defense. Pickering managed one more first down as Gett Thomas, who primarily played defense, came in at quarterback and raced 14 yards to the Red Devil 44. However, he was intercepted three plays later by Rutherford, ending the series. Pickering's defense was even more solid on East Beauregard's next 15-play session. The Red Devil defenders limited the Trojans to just 49 yards and forced one turnover, a fumble recovery from Andrew Johnson, who will be a freshman next year. Pickering went right to work on offense, taking just six plays to score a touchdown. Roberts had a pair of 14-yard runs for first downs, while Josh Langston also had a first-down run. Flint cashed in for the Red Devils by racing 27 yards for the second touchdown of the contest for Pickering. Roberts added another big run a little later for Pickering in the drive, gaining 19 yards for a first down, but the Red Devils were unable to score again. East Beauregard got things going in its final possession of the contest. Thanks to a couple of completions from Rutherford to Armstrong, including a 35-yard play on third-and-long, the Trojans got deep into Pickering territory for the first time. However, the Trojans fumbled the ball on fourth down from the 15 and Thomas recovered to end the threat. Pickering responded with another big series. After Flint picked up eight yards on first down and Daveon Banks got one on second down, the Red Devils brought in senior offensive/defensive lineman Matt Walker to try to get the first down. Walker, a 270-pound senior-to-be, took the handoff from Roberts and plowed over a pair of defenders en route to a 12-yard gain and first down. A little later, Roberts completed a 13-yard pass to Andre Belton for a first down. Two plays after that, Langston bolted 26 yards for a touchdown, Pickering's third score of the night. With two plays left, Roberts connected with Belton on a 21-yard pass play on the first play before just missing on a fly pattern to Belton on the last play. For the scrimmage, the Red Devils gained 283 yards on 40 plays with 12 first downs, while East Beauregard had 172 yards on 43 plays with nine first downs. Flint led the Red Devils in rushing with 68 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries, while Dontrez Banks had 65 yards on one carry with a touchdown. Langston was responsible for 42 yards and a touchdown on six totes, while Roberts had 47 yards rushing, while completing 2-of-6 passes for 34 yards and one interception. With the increase of players on the roster, Cook and the Pickering staff were able to two-platoon for the first time in a number of years. "The last couple of years, we've had to play iron man football and we were getting really tired by the end of games," Cook said. "Now, with the increase in numbers and my confidence in the players we have, we are looking to two-platoon. Now, we are going to have some players come in and play both ways when we need it. But right now, we have 11 starters on offense and 11 different starters on defense." Now that spring practice is officially over, Cook is hoping this scrimmage and the work done during the 14 previous workouts will carry over into the summer program and the fall of 2010. "I feel we are going in the right direction," Cook said. "Hopefully, we get a few more kids to come out because I'd really like to get Pickering back to where they have been before. We need this to carry over into our offseason program and we need to continue to grow together as a team." Cook was also pleased with the fan support for the team over the spring and at the spring game. "We had a great following at East Beauregard and I really liked seeing our fans there for the players," he said. "The kids really deserve that kind of support from our community. We are trying to build a program that our community can be proud of and this is a great start. Pickering has a great tradition and we are going to do everything we can to bring that back."