The Pickering offense showed flashes of where it should have been week 1, but it was not enough as the Red Devils fell to Mangham 28-14 Friday night at Mangham High School.
"The kids had a lot of effort and did the things we asked them to do," Pickering head coach Eddie Thomas said. "We still had too many mistakes. We had our chances, but the kids played hard and performed. If we clean up a few things, we might be on top instead of coming up short."
Pickering (0-3) took its first lead of the season in the first quarter on a 36-yard touchdown run by quarterback Braden Lebato on the Red Devil's second drive.
"He saw the field well," Thomas said. "It helps when the line is doing their job keeping people out. He made some good decisions. He, like the others, played like we thought we were going to in week 1. He's improving. If we can build on that, we will be in good shape."
The ground game was effective for Pickering with two players going over 75 yards.
"We got a few more snaps than we have been getting," Thomas said. "They made that next step to where we thought we were going to be in week 1. We took a step back, but it was a whole lot better this week. We were more focus, but we still have a ways to go."
In the second quarter, Mangham took the lead on a pair of rushing touchdowns – 1 yard and 28 yards – to take a 14-7 lead into halftime.
Mangham extended the lead to 21-7 on an 11-yard touchdown run in the third quarter and made it 28-7 a 2-yard run in the fourth quarter.
Pickering answered with a 54-yard touchdown by Evan Fernandez, but the damage was already done, and Mangham left with the win.
Fernandez finished with 110 yards on seven carries, while Lebato racked up 79 yards on 14 carries for the Red Devils.