Rosepine looks to bounce back from loss to Many

Alix Kunkle
akunkle@leesvilledailyleader.com
Chance Bailey (87) and Gage Wisby (56) helped lead the Eagles to a 21-6 win over Oberlin and look to do the same thing on Friday night against Oakdale.

After falling to 2A powerhouse Many last week, the Rosepine Eagles (3-4, 1-1) are looking to get back on the winning track at home, hosting Oakdale Warriors (4-3, 2-0) at 7 p.m. Friday at McKee-McCain Stadium in Rosepine.

It will be Homecoming for the Rosepine Eagles, and head coach Danny Smith knows that his squad is up for another test.

"We've got another tough ballgame coming up," he said. "They are playing real well, and we have to play well to win."

The Eagles fell to Many, 33-13, Friday night in Many, but were without leading rusher Noah Martin. In addition, fellow running back Stanley Hogan left the game after a collision; Smith knows that injuries can't be an excuse.

"We do have some injuries, but the next man up has got to play and is expected to play well," he said.

In that game against Many, Daniel Welborn had 124 rushing yards and a touchdown, and Brandon Heptinstall had 35 yards rushing. Quarterback Eric Kyle ran for 22 yards and threw for 30 more.

"It's that time of year where you have to start putting things together," Smith said.

Oakdale is coming off a comeback 29-25 victory over Pickering, to become 3-2A's only undefeated team in district. Running back Reginald Philson had 166 yards rushing and three touchdowns, and Mason Jordan threw for 114 yards, as the Warriors scored 22 points in the fourth quarter, including 15 in the final minutes of the game.

"They are big and physical, and the only undefeated team left in our district," Smith said.

After their win over Pickering, Oakdale is the only other 2-0 team in district 3-2A. Four of the other six teams — Pickering, Rosepine, Holy Savior Menard, and Many — are each 1-1, and Bunkie is 0-2.