While on paper it says DeRidder should run away from Pickering Friday night, the Red Devils have improved each week on offense.

If the execution of the game plan comes together for Pickering, it could give the Dragons a run Friday night at DeRidder High School.

"We are really focused on ourselves," DeRidder head coach Brad Parmley said. "Every Friday night, it comes down to a couple of things, and we're focused on how we play. We are just trying to take care of us and preparing the way we need to prepare."

The Red Devils (0-4) received a spark last week from quarterback DeShawn Jackson who passed for 102 yards while running for 36 yards.

"Whenever you watch them on film, you can tell they get better week by week," Parmley said. "Right now, their quarterback is doing a good job for them. Right now, we're just trying to get better and take advantage of every Friday we get."

Running back Evan Fernandez has 155 rushing yards for Pickering along with 69 receiving yards after his touches pick up as the season goes on.

DeRidder (3-1) defeated Natchitoches Central 28-14 last week and rushed for 268 yards in the contest, led by 116 yards from quarterback Lane Armer and 110 yards from running back Damian Latham.

"It was good to see (Damian) back," Parmley said. "He was banged up a little bit, but he's getting healthier. The offense line has been doing a good job for us the last few weeks, and whenever he gets a chance to hit a hole, hopefully, he can make somebody miss.

The win was not a perfect game for the Dragons as they struggled to get the offense to click on all cylinders.

"We've been making our corrections through this week of practice, and hopefully, we can correct some of those mistakes and move forward," Parmley said.

"We still have a couple of guys that are not 100 percent, but we're better than we were last week."

Friday night marks homecoming for DeRidder, and Parmley says his guys are approaching what can be a distracting week off the field as a normal week.

"We are approaching it like any other Friday," Parmley said. "It's just week 5 to us. We are just trying to take our positive steps forward and take it one day at a time."