Beekman (0-8, 0-4) at General Trass (3-5
Beekman and General Trass have agreed to move their District 2-2A game up to Thursday night due to the threat of heavy rainfall in the area. Kickoff time is set for 7 p.m. in Lake Providence.
Both teams are looking for their first conference win.
General Trass (3-5, 0-4) dropped its season opener to undefeated Caldwell 60-42, extending its losing streak to 28 straight. The Panthers then reeled off three consecutive victories against Tensas Parish (42-18), Delta Charter (34-20) and Madison Parish (26-14). In district play, General Trass has lost to Ferriday (60-12), Vidalia (41-28), Mangham (41-6) and Delta Charter (55-20).
Quarterback Ma'Jayreon Steward, running backs Johnson Combs and Isaiah Lyons and wide receivers Sir James Peeler and Malik Richardson Jr. headline a strong group of playmakers.
"General Trass is athletic and they are going to get after you," Beekman coach Wade McDonald said. "They run a similar type of offense to ours as far as running plays go, but they will try to throw it deep."
Freshman middle linebacker Zyheim Mackey spearheads the Panthers' defense, along with linebackers Santonial Rice and Jaquel Glass and ends Kedrick Williams and Devontae Martin.
Beekman (0-8, 0-4) is looking for a better showing after last week's 46-0 homecoming loss to Rayville.
"It got out of hand quick," McDonald said. "Our guys were a little intimidated at first. As soon as the first thing went wrong, it was the domino effect."
Aided by a pair of defensive touchdowns — a scoop and score and a pick-6 — the Hornets vaulted out to a 46-0 halftime lead.
As expected, the Tigers were out-manned by the Hornets.
"Luckily, they called off the dogs," McDonald said.
On the bright side, the second half was scoreless.
"Our kids didn't quit — I have to give them credit for that," McDonald said. "We played a good second half."
Quarterback Brock Jenkins is listed as probable after injuring an ankle in the second quarter of the Rayville game. Eighth-grader Willie Williams will get the nod if Jenkins is unavailable. Williams filled in for Jenkins in the second half last week and saw extensive action at QB in the Tigers' 44-20 junior varsity win over D'Arbonne Woods on Monday night.
Beekman was unable to get anything going offensively while turning the ball over five times against Rayville.
"We tried to use their speed and aggression against them, but it didn't pan out," McDonald said. "We had some screens that were open, but we weren't able to get the ball over their linemen."
Aiden Cherry was a bright spot defensively for the Tigers with a sack and a tackle in the backfield.
Lucas Lara (12 tackles), Seth Meyers (10 tackles) and Cobe Matthews (9 tackles) were the leading tacklers.
"Rayville was able to run it up the middle on us," McDonald said. "Hopefully, we can contain General Trass a little better than we did Rayville."
Beekman received some good news on the injury front as Pierce Hayman has been cleared to return. The sophomore defensive end has been out since Week 2 with a knee injury.
Beekman finishes out the season at home next Friday vs. Ferriday.