Pickering remains unbeaten in district play after win over DeQuincy

Published 4:19 pm Saturday, October 31, 2020

PICKERING – After struggling in the first half, the Pickering Red Devils found their rhythm.

Quarterback Marlon Freeney accounted for 250 total yards, while Deon Street rushed for 117 yards and a touchdown as the Red Devils picked up a 26-14 win over the Tigers at O'Banion Stadium on Friday.

With the victory, the Red Devils improved to 4-1 overall, 2-0 in league play heading into the annual Big Dog Jug contest at Rosepine next Friday.

DeQuincy (0-3, 0-2) took the opening lead of the contest when Gunnar Gearen found Rayden Rosalis on a 30-yard TD strike for a 7-0 lead.

Pickering got on the board in the second quarter when Marlon Freeney scored on a 1-yard touchdown plunge. But the Red Devil attempt for two was no good, leaving them trailing, 7-6.

DeQuincy moved out to a 14-6 lead later in the second period as Gearen hit Taije Ceasar with an 18-yard touchdown pass. With the Hadley Cooley PAT, the Tigers would take a 14-6 lead into the locker room at the break.

But it would be all Pickering in the second half.

The Red Devils tied the game at 14 apiece in the third when Freeney hooked up with Anthony Mathews on a 30-yard TD pass, with Freeney finding his brother DeShawn Jackson for the two-pointer.

In the final frame, the Devils secured the momentum and the win, getting a 45-yard TD run from Street and another 1-yard run from Freeney to close out the victory.

Freeney ran for 104 yards and two scores on 16 carries, while also passing for 146 yards and a TD, completing 9-of-18 passes with no interceptions.

Evan Fernandez and Jackson each had four receptions in the game for Pickering.

This article originally appeared on Leesville Daily Leader: Pickering remains unbeaten in district play after win over DeQuincy