Beekman (1-1) at Lakeside (2-0), Friday, 7 p.m.
Beekman had best pack plenty of defense for its first road game of the season Friday night when it ventures to Sibley Lakeside for a 7 p.m. start.
Burning up the scoreboard in their first two outings, the Warriors are off to a 2-0 start with wins over Ringgold (66-6) and Montgomery (60-42).
Coach Joey Lee expects a high-scoring game, but is hopeful the Tigers can slow the Warriors down.
"We have to score one more point than they do," Lee said. "I think we can score on them. Our defense will have to be able to stop them. Not that there's anything wrong with our defense, but when you are averaging better than 60 points a game, you are doing something right."
Lee says Lakeside excels at catching the defense out of position.
"They run multiple sets, which makes them hard to scheme," Lee said. "They basically run four or five plays out of about 12 formations, and try to get you to line up wrong.
"They'll line up in trips left, then they'll line up in trips right and run the same play. They run the same play four or five different ways."
Quarterback Jordan Pruett, running back Jacquez Lott and wide receiver Travion Sanders are the Warriors' primary playmakers.
Pruett has completed 15-of-30 passes for 315 yards and five touchdowns. When Pruett drops back to throw, he is usually looking in the direction of Sanders (9 receptions, 253 yards, 3 TDs). Lott has been called upon 36 times while rushing for 305 yards and seven scores.
To be putting up those type of numbers, the offensive line has clearly been dominant.
"They have some big offensive linemen," Lee said. "Lakeside is a lot more physical than Homer. I feel like we match up with them there."
Defensive mainstays for the Warriors include end Jaylenn Jackson (6 tackles, 3 tackles for loss, 1 sack, 2 forced fumbles), linebacker Dayton Pietsch (13 tackles, 5 TFL) and cornerback Tyrese Myles (13 tackles, 2 TFL). Myles has also returned two kickoffs for 72 yards.
Beekman is 1-1 after winning its season opener for the first time in program history at the expense of LaSalle (40-34, 3 OT) and dropping a 28-12 decision to Homer last week.
Down 12-0 at halftime, the Pelicans pulled away with 28 unanswered points in the final half.
Beekman played what was probably the best first half in its five-year varsity football history, but was unable to sustain it in the second half.
On the bright side, Lee was glad to see the Tigers' postgame reaction. Several players visibly took the loss hard rather than viewing it as just another loss (Beekman had lost 11 straight prior to beating LaSalle).
"They were upset at the end of the game, which is a great thing in football," Lee said. "You never want to lose, but the kids responded well. It's a slow process, but we are getting better."
Seth Meyers rushed for 70 yards on a dozen carries against Homer and Ethan White caught three passes for 45 stripes. Taron Traylor scored both of the Tigers' touchdowns.
End Ethan Craft and linebacker Dalon Moore pace the Tigers on the defensive side.
Lee said wide receiver Ethan Rigmaiden and left offensive tackle Aiden Cherry will sit out the game with injuries.
Beekman opens District 2-2A play at home next Friday against Vidalia.