DERIDDER – DeRidder kept its momentum going by dominating on the ground to pick up a homecoming victory.

The Dragons defeated Pickering 55-0 Friday night at Cecil Doyle Memorial Stadium to win its fourth game of the season.

"I was proud of our preparation all week and just worrying about Friday," DeRidder head coach Brad Parmley said. "We prepared liked we needed to and got better. It showed tonight."

DeRidder ran for 256 yards on 38 carries as its offensive line created holes for the running backs to get free in the secondary.

"It just feels like we are doing a good job at putting a hat on a hat," Parmley said. "We're not trying to be fancy. There's nothing crazy about the scheme.

"A positive right now is that we've had the same five starters (on the offensive line) since August 1. Those five guys have heard each other and smelled each other since August 1. That pays off for an offensive line."

Dragons quarterback Lane Armer was efficient through the air, going 11-for-13 for 150 yards and three touchdowns.

The Pickering offense struggled to move the ball against DeRidder, totally just 25 yards.

"It's hard to get a whole bunch out of it," Pickering head coach Eddie Thomas said. "I saw some good things out of a few of the kids. We were in position to make some plays. Offensively, we missed some opportunities with people that were open. (Quarterback DeShawn Jackson) has been back there three weeks, and he's playing against a 4A school with quality people. We're OK. We're ready for next week and getting ready for teams that are our size."

The Red Devil defense played well at times but could not get the Dragons off the field on third downs to allow the drives to continue.

"We blew some assignments, but the kids did a good job at getting to the football," Thomas said. "We just didn't do a great job of wrapping up. The field was a little bit slick. I'm happy with where we are right now. DeRidder is a quality team."

Armer got DeRidder on the board with a 1-yard plunge up the middle to go up 7-0, then with 5:02 left in the first quarter, Armer hit wide receiver Chris Grant over the top for a 35-yard touchdown.

With 42 seconds left in the first, Dragon running back Greg Woodard ran it from 2 yards out to put his team up 21-0.

The Dragons scored two more touchdowns in the second quarter to take a 35-0 lead into halftime.

In the third quarter, Armer found Woodard for a 25-yard touchdown to make it a 42-point lead at the end of the third quarter.

Running back Damian Latham led DeRidder with 67 yards on 14 carries, and Woodard recorded 44 rushing yards and 64 receiving yards.

Pickering starts district play next week against DeQuincy after a tough out-of-district schedule to start the season.

"We've been on the road since week 2, so we've had three straight games on the road," Thomas said. "We get to come back to our house. We're excited about that. We'll be ready."

DeRidder has a short week ahead, taking on West Ouachita on Thursday night on the road.

"We just have to keep preparing," Parmley said. "It's not complicated, but it's difficult. You just have to the right things and make good choices.