Jennings jumped out to a big lead over DeRidder, and although the Dragons kept it close, they were unable to complete the comeback.
The Bulldogs rushed for 406 yards as they defeated DeRidder 42-21 Friday night at DeRidder High School.
"We didn't play our best football against a good a team," DeRidder head coach Brad Parmley said. "They didn't make the mistakes they made the first two weeks and they capitalized on our mistakes. A little bit of our youth showed up last night on defense and their running backs are a hard tackle."
It was the first loss for the Dragons (2-1) on the year, but Parmley hopes his guys can pull some lessons from the game.
"You play (the option) right for two plays, then you don't play it right, then they house call you," he said. "Our young guys are going to bounce back and get better from it."
Jennings got out to a 21-0 lead in the second quarter after a 21-yard run by Darrian Achane with 7:45 left in the first half.
At the 5:13 mark of the second quarter, DeRidder got on the board with a 26-yard touchdown pass from Lane Armer to Kenneth Gooden.
Armer finished 15-for-25 for 145 yards.
"Lane made plays for us like he always does," Parmley said. "He's had three good ballgames, and I'm happy Lane is in blue and white."
Under a minute to go in the half, the Dragons made it a 21-14with a 7-yard run by Jayln Thurman.
"We fought back and made it a 7-point ball game at halftime," Parmley said. "The third quarterback was back-and-forth. The guys never quit. They kept fighting."
After a scoreless third quarter, Jennings scored three touchdowns – 28, 4 and 46 yard runs – in the fourth to seal the win.
DeRidder's last score came on a 12-yard run by Elijah Roshell with 22 seconds left on the clock.
"The running game was there in spots then not in other spots," Parmley said. "A lot of that had to do with their personnel. Our guys couldn't really get into a rhythm last night. It was hit or miss."