PICKERING – The Pickering offense and defense showed signs of improvement, but multiple penalties shut down any hope of sustaining drives.

The Red Devils committed six personal foul or unsportsmanlike conduct penalties for late hits or misconduct after the whistle as they fell to DeQuincy 41-14.

"We had too many penalties," Pickering head coach Eddie Thomas said. "We don't condone that. We are going to work to rectify that.

"We've been trying to work on that because we've been getting little things like that. We've been averaging two a game. Evidently, extra work after practice isn't working. Maybe, they need to spend some time next to me on the sideline."

Pickering was in the ballgame early, as Evan Fernandez returned a kickoff 73 yards to the house to tie it at 6 in the first quarter.

With 5:58 left in the half, DeQuincy quarterback Gunner Gearen connected for a 9-yard touchdown to go up 12-6.

The Tigers recovered the ensuing onside kick and scored three plays later to extend the lead to 20-6.

DeQuincy led 28-6 at the end of the third quarter and added two more touchdowns in the fourth quarter to seal the win.

Fernandez broke off 53-yard keeper out of the Wildcat formation for Pickering's other score in the fourth quarter.

Fernandez finished the game with 60 yards on two carries, and Johnathan Gregory racked up 48 yards on 10 carries.

DeQuincy threw for 239 yards, but Pickering defense held the run game in check, allowing just 93 total yards on the ground.

"I thought we flew to the ball pretty well," Thomas said. "We would have them in a jam and have a missed assignment in the secondary. We threw some untimely picks. I don't know where the concepts got lost in a simple cover 2. I liked some of the things we did."