PICKERING — The Pickering Red Devils and the DeQuincy Tigers played each other twice during the 2014 season, with Pickering coming away with a Week 4 victory and a first-round playoff win.

PICKERING — The Pickering Red Devils and the DeQuincy Tigers played each other twice during the 2014 season, with Pickering coming away with a Week 4 victory and a first-round playoff win.

And that has veteran head coach Johnny Cryer concerned as the Tigers will invade O’Banion Stadium on Friday night as DeQuincy and Pickering will meet up for the third time in 10 weeks of football action dating back to a year ago.

“It’s hard enough to beat a team once in a year, much less twice,” Cryer said. “They will be coming in here, I’m sure, with revenge on their minds. They are a very improved team with a new, enthusiastic head coach in Charlie Smith. No doubt, they will be flying high when they come in here Friday.”

The Tigers are coming off a 37-0 whitewashing of the Merryville Panthers in jamboree action a week ago. The Red Devils are also coming off an impressive jamboree win, a 41-0 triumph over the Rosepine Eagles, where Pickering racked up 416 yards of offense in less than a half of play.

“Our offense was really clicking and were in midseason form,” Cryer said. “But we also realize that we are 0-0. We haven’t accomplished anything yet and we must be ready for a very good and very athletic football team.”

The Tigers return a plethora of players from last year’s squad, including six players in the trenches, including the likes of Ashton Hollie, Caleb Jacobs, Luke Melancon and Daniel DeVito.

According to Smith, the Tigers will lean heavily on those four players as they start on both sides of the ball.

“They really play good together and provide a lot of leadership,” Smith said of his linemen. “We are going to lean on them. They are our most experienced group of players.”

That should bode well for the DeQuincy offense as they feature a sensational breakway running back in Javion Leday, along with Kaleb Buck, who is a starting linebacker as well.

“They are very talented offensively,” Cryer said. “Leday is a talented back and Buck runs the ball hard. Their quarterback (Adrian Gates) is also very good. They will give our defense quite a test.”

Defensively, the Red Devils will look to linemen Hunter Lawrence, Matthew Perry, Sam Miller and Roderick Wilkins to stand up the Tiger front, so linebackers Landon Dowden and Andru Johnson can bring down the runners. Zach Jefferies and Marcus Hill will provide leadership from the secondary.

The Tiger defense, led by Brennon Patin, Buck, Nick Guidry and Jared Nash, will have the daunting task of shutting down what could be the most prolific offensive attack Cryer has ever coached.

Pickering has a multitude of weapons, along with a massive offensive line.

“All of our offensive linemen can clean and bench press over 250 pounds,” Cryer said. “They also are all 3.0 students or better, with Haydn Coleman and Azaviar Carter both being 4.0.”

Along with Austin Talley, Shelton Anderson and Zach Newman, Coleman and Carter will pave the way for quarterback Patrick Hinson, running backs Quan Blackwell and Jermaine Milton and receivers Taevon Hogan, Dontay Hargrove and Kordell Craft.

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.