Beekman (0-1) at Homer (0-1), Friday, 7 p.m.

Closing out a two-game road swing Friday night, Beekman treks to Claiborne Parish for a 7 p.m. matchup against the Homer Pelicans.

Homer is the polar opposite of LaSalle, the Tigers' Week 1 opponent.

"We had more speed than LaSalle, but the field was soggy, which didn't help us at all," Beekman coach Wade McDonald said. "Homer doesn't have a whole lot of size, but they have a whole lot of speed."

McDonald expects the Pelicans to put the ball in the air.

"They are going to get in the spread, line up in doubles and trips, and try to get the ball to their playmakers in space," McDonald said.

Homer dropped its season opener to Delhi Charter 26-6.

Beekman, meanwhile, lost a nailbiter to LaSalle for the second straight year.

Zeb Morgan's 34-yard touchdown run brought the score to 7-6 with 4:20 to play, but Beekman was unable to tack on the 2-point conversion after LaSalle was awarded what McDonald believed to be a late timeout.

"We had the 2-point conversion, but the official on the far side gave LaSalle a timeout after the ball was snapped," McDonald said. "Then we ended up getting a penalty, and having to run our play from the 8-yardline."

Penalties hurt the Tigers from the opening play as Brock Jenkins' 40-yard pass to Ethan White was called back.

"We shot ourselves in the foot with too many penalties," McDonald said. "It seemed like every time Johnny Gipson had a big run, we got a penalty. Being young on the line is hurting us."

Beekman finished with just 140 yards (131 rushing, 9 passing) of total offense. Despite having multiple long gains negated by flags, Gipson finished with 72 yards on a dozen carries.

"Johnny had a real good night," McDonald said.

Beekman's young offensive line experienced some growing pains against a bigger opponent.

"Offensively, there is a lot of confusion on the line," McDonald said. "We've put in a lot of effort the last two weeks, trying to simplify things. I think coach (John) Nix and coach (Joel) Boles have done a good job with them this week.

"We probably expected too much from them in the beginning. They looked so good against Drew Central (in a preseason scrimmage). It's one of those cases where we expected more than maybe we should have."

With Beekman running only 38 offensive plays, LaSalle dominated the time of possession.

"I didn't realize how long our defense was on the field until I did the tackle chart," McDonald said. "We had five guys with 12 tackles or more. A lot of those were assisted tackles, but that still shows you how long our defense was on the field."

Indeed, the defensive numbers back McDonald's conclusion as Lucas Lara was credited with 18.5 tackles, followed by Seth Myers with 14.5, Dalon Moore with 12.5, Jacob Crawford and Willie Williams with 12 apiece, James Foster with 10 and Cobe Matthews with nine. Foster made three stops in the backfield, with White and Pierce Hayman recording sacks. Moore and Matthews forced fumbles, with Williams and Crawford making recoveries.

"Defensively, we're ahead of where we were last year," McDonald said. "We just have to get our offensive line settled. They understand what to do, but when we break the huddle, their minds go blank. I think simplifying things is going to help us."

McDonald says the disappointment from last week has not carried over.

"I think it woke some of our kids up," McDonald said prior to Wednesday's practice. "We had a good practice Monday and we had a good practice Tuesday in the rain."

Beekman hosts the first game in its new stadium next Friday against Lakeside.