PICKERING — Sometimes, you're the windshield. Sometimes, you're the bug.
PICKERING — Sometimes, you’re the windshield. Sometimes, you’re the bug.
But on Friday night, Pickering proved to be the windshield to DeQuincy’s bug.
“Everything that could go right did for us and everything that could go wrong for DeQuincy did,” Pickering head coach Johnny Cryer said about his team’s 50-6 victory at O’Banion Stadium in the season opener. “We came out ready to play and took advantage early on.”
It took just six minutes for the Red Devils (1-0) to establish their dominance. In fact, Cryer couldn’t believe his eyes when he looked up at the scoreboard with 6:02 to go in the first period.
“We were up, 30-0,” Cryer recalled. “Everything went right. We established our running game and we were just focused.”
And it didn’t hurt that a couple of DeQuincy miscues enhanced Pickering’s opportunities to score.
Junior quarterback Patrick Hinson scored on a 2-yard touchdown run to open the scoring for Pickering. After the Zach Jefferies’ PAT, the Red Devils owned a 7-0 lead.
The Tigers first miscue came on their first possession. After stalling out deep in its own territory, DeQuincy went back to punt. Punter Sam Whatley, while trying to receive a poor snap, gained control of the ball, but did so on one knee in the endzone, resulting in a safety and a 9-0 Pickering advantage.
The Red Devils got the ball back following the free kick and Jermaine Milton raced in for the score on a 7-yard touchdown run, giving Pickering a 16-0 cushion.
Sam Miller gave Pickering’s defense a touchdown when he recovered a fumble and rumbled 17 yards in for the touchdown.
A little later, Milton scored his second touchdown of the quarter, this time from 11 yards out. With 6:02 to go in the first period, Pickering owned a 30-0 lead.
Late in the second period, Pickering got another touchdown, this time on a 10-yard scoring strike from Hinson to Quan Blackwell, allowing the Red Devils to go into the locker room with a 37-0 lead.
The Red Devils added a 55-yard scoring pass from Hinson to Dontay Hargrove in the third quarter and Miller scored on a 2-yard touchdown run in the fourth to account for Pickering’s 50 points.
Javion Leday did score a meaningless touchdown for DeQuincy to avert the shutout.
Milton had 139 yards and two touchdowns rushing on 20 carries to lead the Red Devils, while Hinson completed 7-of-9 passes for 140 and two touchdowns. Hinson added 44 yards and a touchdown rushing.
Cryer was very pleased with his team’s effort defensively as the Red Devils surrendered just 180 yards, while also scoring a touchdown.
“The defense really stepped up tonight because DeQuincy has some very talented players on offense,” Cryer said. “Our defense was outstanding.”
The Red Devils will face a very tough opponent next week at home in the Hamilton Christian Warriors, while DeQuincy will host South Cameron.