Beekman (0-5, 0-2) at Delhi Charter (2-3, 0-1), Friday, 7 p.m.
Facing its former District 2-1A rival, the Beekman Charter Tigers visit the Delhi Charter Gators Friday at 7 p.m.
Beekman (0-5, 0-2) and Delhi Charter (2-3, 0-1) both landed in District 2-2A after being reclassified this year.
Delhi Charter had its way with the Tigers in the previous two meetings, claiming a 46-0 decision in Mer Rouge in 2015 and a 32-0 result last season.
"This is the third year in a row for us to play Delhi Charter," said Beekman coach Wade McDonald, whose program is in its third official season of varsity football. "The first year, our kids were intimidated. Last year, we went over there and they were even more terrified."
Encouraged by the Tigers' play in a 35-12 loss to Mangham last week, McDonald is looking for a better showing this time around.
"Hopefully, after the Mangham game, our kids will be a little more confident, and it will carry over into the Delhi Charter game," McDonald said.
Delhi Charter opened the season with a 23-20 loss to Oak Grove, defeated Madison Parish 36-28, lost to Ouachita Christian 24-20 and Mangham 23-14 before blowing out D'Arbonne Woods Charter 63-19 last week.
"They are real big up front and have speed," McDonald said. "We'll find out if we have grown up any."
Senior quarterback/linebacker Mason Hale, senior running back/linebacker Michael Woods, junior wide receiver/free safety J'quan Polly and sophomore defensive end Elijah Harris are some of the Gators' key players.
"They run the double wing," McDonald said. "They love to run the dive to set up the option. Hopefully, we can put them in throwing situations. They're more comfortable running the ball than throwing."
Beekman trailed just 14-6 at halftime against Mangham before the Dragons pulled away in the fourth quarter.
"I couldn't be upset with them about anything. The kids did a great job," McDonald said. "I couldn't have been prouder of the way they played."
Beekman's 12 points were a season high.
"We actually sustained a couple of drives," McDonald said. "We had some misfortune with a fumble and an interception, and Zeb Morgan had a 62-yard touchdown run called back by a false start.
"On our first series, we pretty much moved the ball down the field. Our offensive line looked a lot better and we threw the ball better."
McDonald was equally pleased with the Tigers' defensive play.
"Defensively, we held them on fourth down a couple of times in the first half," McDonald said. "The defense stepped up when it had to."
Quarterback Brock Jenkins has passed for 302 yards and three touchdowns on the season.
Zeb Morgan (32 carries, 235 yards) and Johnny Gipson (60 carries, 184 yards) are the Tigers' leading rushers.
Chad Jones (6 receptions, 71 yards), Morgan (6-54) and Ethan White (4-100) are the top three receivers.
Linebacker Lucas Lara (73 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss) paces the defense, along with Seth Meyers (55 tackles), Cobe Matthews (37 tackles, 2 forced fumbles), Dalon Moore (28 tackles, 5 TFL, 1.5 sacks, 2 FF) and Ethan Nelson (26 tackles, 2 TFL, 1 sack).
Beekman is idle next week before hosting Rayville on Friday, Oct. 20.