Oakdale 29, Pickering 21
Heading into the fourth quarter with a 21-0 lead, Pickering gave up 29 points in the fourth quarter to fall to Oakdale 29-21 Thursday night.
Four turnovers on the last six drives for the Red Devils led to three passing touchdowns and rushing touchdown from Oakdale in the last quarter.
"Inexperience came up and we reverted back to some of our old ways," Pickering head coach Eddie Thomas said. "We made some mistakes like we've done. They took the ball out of hands a couple of times and it started to snowball. It's all a learning process. I don't think the kids ever shut down or anything. They played hard."
Mikey Hood has the best game of his career, rushing for 137 on 17 carries, and Devon Harris ran for 67 yards on 14 carries.
"Our running backs played well," Thomas said. "I think all of our guys played well. We just came up short."
Pickering scored two touchdowns in the second quarter, a 34-yard run by Harris and a 26-yard pass from Braden LeBato to Peyton Phillips.
The Red Devils scored on its first drive of the second half with a 1-yard run by offensive lineman Zach Newman to go up 21-0 in the third quarter.
“The kids came out ready to play,” Thomas said. “It was senior night, and the guys wanted to play well for the seniors. To me, it was one of the most emotion they showed all year. It was growing pains, but you could tell it meant a lot to them and that it hurt a lot when we had it and it slipped away."
Despite its winless record, Pickering has remained competitive in the majority of its games, something Thomas hopes can carry over.
"I want the seniors to go out on a positive note and I want our young kids to grow and keep getting better. I think we were better last night than we've been. It's tough when 14 year old kids are competing against 18 year old kids. We're not going to quit and roll over."
Merryville 36, Elton 32
Behind 377 team rushing yards, including 244 from Desmond McCain, Merryville defeated Elton for its fifth win in a row Thursday night at Elto
Elton (5-3, 3-3) was one of the top teams in Class 1A coming into the season and won its first four games of the year.
"We played extremely well and executed our game plan," Merryville head coach Randy Jones said. "Basically, we played as good as we have been but not as well as we can.
"It's a big win for our program and hopefully, we can build from there."
Elton led the Panthers 20-16 going into the break, keeping Merryville in striking distance.
"I told them to not panic and we're OK," Jones said. "We just had to go out and reestablish our game plan and finish our drives."
The Panthers took the lead with four minutes to go with a 35-yard touchdown from McCain.
"We established the run in the game early, and our plan was to keep the ball away from them as much as could," Jones said. "We started the game with an eight-minute drive for a touchdown. Most of that was Kaileb Flanigan and Des running the ball. Des was outstanding last night."
After starting the season 1-4, the Panthers have confidence with one game remaining before the playoffs begin.
"We are gaining confidence," Jones said. "They now realize they are capable of winning football games against good teams. I don't think we have come to the realization on how good we can be, but I think confidence is the key word for us right now."
Vinton 48, East Beauregard 30
Vinton jumped out to a big lead in the first half to defeat East Beauregard 48-30 Thursday night. The Lions got out to a 41-8 lead at half, and although the Trojans outscored the Vinton 22-7 in the second half, the damage was already done. A win for East Beauregard (3-5, 3-2) would have set up the Trojans with a chance to tie for the district title in the last week of the season.
Jennings 38, South Beauregard 7
Jennings scored three rushing touchdowns in the first quarter to take a big lead on South Beauregard and never looked back, defeating the Knight 38-7.
Jennings (6-2, 4-1) took a 31-0 lead at half, and South Beauregard scored its lone touchdown in the third quarter.
South Beauregard (0-8, 0-5) remains winless on the year and takes on Westlake in the final game of the season.