Pickering comes into this season with half their starters back on offense and two on defense. The Red Devils lost big time to Jena in week one and then dropped a close loss to Merryville last week. The Red Devils run the ball right at their opponents. They rarely throw the football. The PHS team went 5-5 last season, narrowly missing the playoffs.
Basile showed their character and versatility last week. The Cats put up 189 yards on the ground and over 100 yards in the air. Dylan Matte seemed to be the guy who could do anything. He ran for 73 yards, took a couple of plays under center, caught three passes for 111 yards and made several big plays on defense. Matte was nearly a one-man wrecking crew, you could say.
Basile was flagged 12 times in a game that saw 30 flags thrown. While that seems excessive to say the least, it’s still something the Cats have to work on as they approach their league schedule. They have talent on both sides of the ball, but have to stay poised at all times.
On defense, the Cats gave up a lot of yards to Sacred Heart. The speed of the Trojans’ offensive unit seemed to catch Basile off guard. Pickering will not do the no-huddle thing, but will have speed coming out of the backfield. The Trojans racked up nearly 246 yards on the ground, but also threw the ball against Basile. It’s rare that any offense hits the Basile defense for those kinds of numbers. Look for Head Coach Tony Bertrand and his staff to make adjustments in order to stop that from happening again.
Basile has to make the road trip to Pickering High School, which is located just south of DeRidder. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m.