Beekman (1-5) at Slaugther Community Charter (3-3), Friday, 7 p.m.
Two young programs hook up Friday night when the Beekman Tigers visit the Slaughter Community Charter Knights. Kickoff time is set for 7 p.m. in Slaughter, just outside of Zachary.
Beekman is in its fourth season of varsity football, while the Knights are in their second year.
Beekman (1-5) has struggled offensively of late, scoring just 20 points over the past four games.
In last week's 30-7 District 2-2A loss to Delhi Charter, the Tigers tied the game on their first possession when Pierce Hayman snagged a 67-yard touchdown pass from Brock Jenkins. Joey Chain's extra point tied the game 7-7, but that was all the points Beekman could muster.
Aside from Hayman's early touchdown catch and fullback Dalon Moore's 47-yard run, the Tigers were held in check by the Gators. Beekman produced just six first downs and 182 yards of total offense (93 passing, 89 rushing).
Moore finished with 65 yards on six carries to lead the Tigers statistically.
Defensive leaders for the Tigers include tackle Xavier Lewis, end Ethan White, and safety Brayden Spigner.
Slaughter went 2-9 last year in its first official varsity campaign. Winners of three of their last four, the Knights (3-3) have already eclipsed last season's victory total.
Slaughter started out 0-2 with setbacks to East Iberville (24-18) and Northside (24-14). Since then, the Knights have beaten Tara (30-6), lost to Catholic-Pointe Coupee (36-32), and posted back-to-back wins over Westminster Christian (42-7) and North Central (53-0).
In last week's rout of North Central, Slaughter rolled up 472 yards of total offense (302 passing, 170 rushing), while shutting down the Hurricanes' running game for negative 37 yards.
Quarterback Shane Duncan, a 6-1, 215-pound senior, is the tigger man for the Knights' potent passing game.
Running back Ja'quavieon Watson, a shifty speedster, is a dual threat rushing and receiving. Da'Marco Goss, Bryson Eubanks and Ke'Tron Jones are all big-play threats in the receiving corps.
Guard/defensive tackle Cedric Irvin, a 6-0, 280-pound junior, anchors the offensive and defensive fronts for the Knights.
Returning to District 2-2A play next week, the Tigers visit Rayville. Slaughter, meanwhile, closes out a three-game homestand against District 5-1A rival Sacred Heart.