Slaughter Community Charter 20, Beekman 7

SLAUGHTER — Beekman's best defensive effort of the season wasn't enough as the Tigers dropped a 20-7 road decision to Slaughter Community Christian on Friday night.

Taron Traylor's 4-yard run and Joey Chain's extra point drew the Tigers within 12-7 at halftime. Traylor's touchdown was the culmination of a 12-play drive.

Beekman had a chance to take the lead midway through the fourth quarter, but ran out of downs at the 5.

Taking over after an incomplete fourth down pass, the Knights drove 95 yards to put the game out of reach with three minutes remaining.

"We were in it the whole time," Beekman coach Joe Lee said. "Defensively, we played a heck of a game. Offensively, we killed ourselves with some penalties — a hold here, a false start there. In our offense, when you get behind the chains, it's tough."

Held to seven points for the third straight week, the Tigers continued to struggle to find the endzone.

"We moved the ball and played a great game overall," Lee said. "We just weren't able to put enough points on the board."

Slaughter (4-3) had averaged 42 points per game over the previous four weeks.

"They threw it around the yard," Lee said. "I would say they were averaging 300 or more yards passing per game. We did a great job to hold them to 20. The main thing was they didn't hit us with any big plays. They had some 10-yard balls and some 5-yard bubbles, but we were able to stay away from the 40-yard plays."

Lee says the Tigers will face a similar type of offense Friday night at Rayville.

"We are going to see the same type of look against Rayville," Lee said. "They are going to line up with four or five wide receivers every play."

Brayden Spigner's interception was among the Tigers' defensive highlights.

"The whole defense played well. We were able to force some turnovers," Lee said. "I'm happy about the way the whole team played. Overall, the effort and will were great. We just came up short."

Winners of three straight, the Knights resume District 5-1A play at home Friday night vs. Sacred Heart.