Pickering posted a season-high in points, but an early deficit was too big of a hole for the Red Devils to dig out.

Oakdale rushed for 261 yards to defeat Pickering 47-28 Friday night with one week left on the schedule.

"In the second half, we played with the passing game like how we wanted to all year," Pickering head coach Eddie Thomas said. "We executed on offense, and the defense picked up and played with some emotion. In the second half, that's the best we've looked all year. It was exciting and fun. I think the kids had fun. We were really flat in the first half like we weren't there. In the second half, something kicked in, and they had fun. It's a game. Go out and have fun."

The Warriors led 31-0 at halftime, but Pickering scored three touchdowns in the third quarter to get back within reach.

Running back John Gregory ran in a 4-yard score for their first touchdown, and quarterback DeShawn Jackson hit Gregory Jones for a 33-yard touchdown to make it 40-14.

Pickering's Richard Trotter returned a fumble 49 yard for a touchdown, and Jackson threw his second touchdown in the fourth quarter - a 1-yard pass to Jones – for their final score in the fourth quarter.

Jackson, a sophomore, went 7-for-16 for 118 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Jackson joined the team late but found a role after injuries piled up behind center.

"He's still got a lot of work to do," Thomas said. "Right now, he's playing with a lot on his natural ability. Coming in as he did and being thrusted in because of injuries, I knew he had the capability. If he has an offseason where we can really sit down and work with him, he is really going to blossom.

"He has shown us a lot, and we expect a lot of big things out of him."

The Red Devil (0-9, 0-4) have a matchup with Vinton next week for their last chance to pick up a win this season.

"We just have to come out and do a lot of same things that we did," Thomas said. "We have to play with emotion from the beginning and play our game. I think the kids now understand what their game is."