Pickering Red Devils head coach Johnny Cryer knows Oakdale won't be an easy task for his squad, despite the Warriors' 3-3 record.

Pickering Red Devils head coach Johnny Cryer knows Oakdale won't be an easy task for his squad, despite the Warriors' 3-3 record.

"You can't take a break in this district," Cryer said. "They (Oakdale) throw the ball well, but they also run the ball well too. They're very athletic."

Both squads enter Friday's game 1-0 in district, but only one will leave with a 2-0 record, and the Red Devils (5-1, 1-0) will look to be that squad when they travel to Oakdale (3-3, 1-0) Friday evening.

The Red Devils were the talk of the town following their 23-20 upset of Many in week six, after Daveon Banks ran for three touchdowns and Kordell Craft blocked two kicks in the second half. Despite that, Cryer said his squad knows how to prepare for the week ahead.

"We're good about putting last week behind us," he said.

Cryer said that the Warriors can come out in several different formations, and he noticed in the first half, they have a tendency to come out in the spread, while the second half, they'll come out in the I formation.

"Oakdale doesn't turn the ball over a whole lot either," Cryer said.

The Warriors defeated Bunkie, 20-7, in week six, and have won two in a row after defeating DeQuincy the previous week, 27-13. Their other win this season came against 3A Avoyelles in week two, a 32-18 victory. Oakdale is 3-0 when scoring at least 20 points, but 0-3 when scoring less than 20. As a squad, they average 18.5 points, while allowing 22.9. Pickering, meanwhile, averages 28.5 points per game, while allowing 13.5 points per game.

But even though it's still early in district play, Cryer and his squad knows that it's not a meaningless game.

"There's a lot of implications for this game," he said. "Someone's going to be 2-0. You can't take a break."

Pickering is tied with the Warriors and Rosepine for the district lead, with each squad being 1-0 in district play. Many, Bunkie and Holy Savior Menard are each 0-1 in district play.