Rosepine looks to carry strong district start on the road into Many

Alix Kunkle
Rosepine quarterback Eric Kyle looks to help lead the Rosepine Eagles to their second district win this week over Many.

The Rosepine Eagles (3-3, 1-0), fresh off a district schedule-opening 41-20 win over Holy Savior Menard last week, now look to keep that momentum going when they head north to face Many High School (5-1, 0-1) Friday in Many.

The Eagles are coming off a strong 41-20 win over the Menard Eagles, a game in which Noah Martin rushed for 170 yards and scored three touchdowns, and Stanley Hogan added 106 yards on 18 carries and scored two touchdowns — one on a 1 yard run, and another on an 89-yard interception return. The defense, meanwhile, limited running back Kelvaughn Hayes, one of the top rushers in the state, to 51 yards on 16 carries.

Eagles head coach Danny Smith knows that last week's effort needs to carry into this week in order for the Eagles to start out 2-0 in district play.

"We played well last week, and we will need that same effort and some against Many," he said.

The Tigers are looking to rebound after being knocked out of the No. 1 seed in 2A, following a 23-20 loss to fellow Vernon Parish squad Pickering. The Tigers have two running backs capable of putting up triple-digit yardage — James Carhee and Kentrell Maxie, and quarterback Xavier Dias has the ability to score on the ground and in the air. The Tigers racked up 281 total yards of offense last week, with Carhee running for 117 yards and Maxie 82.

Many started the season by knocking off 2A rival Winnfield, 14-13, and never looked back for the next four weeks, defeating Leesville, Loyola Prep, Booker T. Washington, and Jonesboro Hodge in that span. Until last week, Many had not allowed more than 13 points in a single game this season.

Smith knows that District 3-2A is one of the stronger ones in the state.

"This district is very competitive, so you have to bring your A game every week," he said.

Rosepine is tied atop District 3-2A with Pickering (5-1, 1-0) and Oakdale (3-3, 1-0). Those two squads play each other this week in Oakdale.

The Eagles are led by Martin, who has ran for 541 yards, second in the parish only behind Pickering's Daveon Banks. But Hogan is right behind him in parish rushing leaders with 453 yards, and quarterback Eric Kyle is just five yards away from eclipsing the century mark in rushing this season. As a team, the Eagles average 22.4 points per game while allowing 25 points per game; the Tigers, meanwhile, average 24 points per game while allowing 10.4 per game.