Bastrop Daily Enterprise - Bastrop, LA
  • Red Devils upset by Menard, 48-25

  • The Pickering Red Devils (6-3, 2-2) fell victims to the upset Friday night, falling to the Holy Savior Menard Eagles (6-3, 2-2), 48-25 at Menard High School.
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  • The Pickering Red Devils (6-3, 2-2) fell victims to the upset Friday night, falling to the Holy Savior Menard Eagles (6-3, 2-2), 48-25 at Menard High School.
    The Red Devils came out strong marching the ball down the field easily. Junior quarterback Garritt Collins hit wide receiver Nate Stokes for a 49 yard touchdown pass, as Pickering took a 7-0 lead with 10:55 left in the first quarter. Menard would answer back with a quick score of its own, as Kelvaughn Hayes took a handoff to the outside and went 35 yards to tie it up 7-7 with 7:48 left in the first. The Red Devils would launch another drive of their own, highlighted by a 34-yard screen pass to senior running back Daveon Banks. Collins capped off the drive, finding Latif Armiyaw for a 25-yard touchdown pass. Armiyaw would miss the pat to make the score 13-7 with 4:45 left to play in the first. Menard would answer back yet again, when wide receiver Colton Cobain caught a 79-yard pass to take a 14-13 lead with 3:40 to in the first.
    Both offenses would stall out on their following posessions, highlighted by Collins being sacked at his own one-yard line. This left the Eagles with great field position at the Pickering 29 yard line, setting up quarterback Austin Vaughn's four-yard touchdown run to help Menard take a 21-13 lead with 5:50 left to go in the second quarter. Pickering would go three and out to give the Eagles another opportunity with three minutes left in the half. Menard methodically drove down the field, and Vaughn found Hayes open in the endzone with 18 seconds left in the half to make it 28-13. Both squads would go three and out on their opening possessions of the second half. Austin Vaughn would find the endzone again, this time with a 75 yard run with 4:33 left in the third quarter to make it 34-13. Both teams would add two more touchdowns to the board in the 4th quarter to make it a final of 48-25; Collins completed touchdown passes to Jermal DuBose and Jermaine Milton, while Vaughn ran for two more touchdowns.
    Pickering's running game was limited to just 93 total yards; Banks led all rushers with 34 yards on eight carries, while Milton had five carries for 25 yards. Collins, meanwhile, led a fierce passing attack that combined for 259 yards and all four of Pickering's touchdowns.
    Vaughn led all Menard rushers with 195 yards rushing and five touchdowns, and also 113 passing yards. Hayes had 131 yards rushing and one catch.
    "We came out strong," head coach Johnny Cryer said after the game. "Losing Daveon (Banks) hurt our team's morale; we are still a strong playoff team, and we'll regroup for next week."
    Pickering closes out the season in Rosepine (5-4, 3-1) for the annual Big Dog Jug game; that game will take place Thursday night in Rosepine. Menard, meanwhile, closes the season at Oakdale (4-5, 2-2).
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