Rosepine rallies to beat Bunkie, 27-24

Alix Kunkle
akunkle@leesvilledailyleader.com
Noah Martin led the Eagles in their 27-24 victory over Bunkie Friday night with two touchdowns, one of which was a kickoff return for 84-yards.

The Rosepine Eagles (5-4, 3-1) once again had to rally in the fourth quarter, but came away victorious as they defeated the Bunkie Panthers (1-8, 0-4) Friday night at Bunkie High School.

With the win and Pickering loss, Rosepine now has an opportunity to clinch at least a share of the District 3-2A title Thursday with a win against Pickering.

Rosepine got on the board first, as Stanley Hogan scored from eight yards out to give the Eagles a 7-0 lead. But Bunkie responded, as Joseph Murray broke off a 78 yard run, the first of two big runs for him, and Devonte Murray converted the ensuing two-point conversion to give the Panthers an 8-7 lead.

Rosepine responded in the second quarter, as Noah Martin scored from six yards out to give the Eagles a 13-6 lead, a score that would hold up until halftime.

Rosepine wasted no time getting on the board in the third quarter, as Martin returned the opening kickoff 84 yards for the touchdown and a 19-6 Rosepine lead. But that was shortlived, as Darrion Christmas scored from 12 yards out, and Joseph Murray would score from 84 yards out to give Bunkie a 24-19 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

But, like last week, Rosepine wouldn't be stopped. Martin punched in his third overall touchdown of the night, this one from four yards out, and would follow with the two point conversion to give Rosepine the 27-24 victory.

Hogan led all Rosepine rushers with 98 yards on 13 carries, and Martin, who returned after missing the last two games with an injury, ran for 56 yards and two touchdowns. Bunkie's Joseph Murray ran for 202 yards and two touchdowns, but accounted for nearly 78 percent of his team's total offense; five other rushers combined for 58 yards on 19 carries.

Rosepine quarterback Eric Kyle completed three of five passes for 31 yards, throwing no touchdowns or interceptions. Lawrence Willis, Daniel Welborn, and Martin each caught passes.

The Eagles finish Thursday at home in the annual Big Dog Jug game against Pickering (6-3, 2-2), while Bunkie finishes in Many (8-1, 3-1).

RP BU

12 FD 10

191 Rushing 260

31 Passing 0

222 Total 260

3-6-0 C-A-I 0-3-0

3/32 Punts 3/25.3

2/1 F/L 2/1

4-30 Penalties 5-29

Score by quarters

RHS 7...6....6....8...27

BHS 8...0...16...0...24

Scoring summary

First quarter

RHS: Stanley Hogan 8 run (Jesse Fruge kick)

BHS: Joseph Murray 78 run (Devonte Murray run)

Second quarter

RHS: Noah Martin 6 run (kick failed)

Third quarter

RHS: Martin 84 kickoff return (kick failed)

BHS: Darrion Christmas 12 run (Devonte Murray run)

BHS: Joseph Murray 83 run (Christmas run)

Fourth quarter

RHS: Martin 4 run (Martin run)

Individual stats

Rushing — Rosepine: Stanley Hogan 13-98, TD; Noah Martin 14-56, 2 TD; Daniel Welborn 8-34; Chasen Partridge 2-9; Eric Kyle 5-(-6). Bunkie: Joseph Murray 22-202, 2 TD; Darrion Christmas 5-39; Devonte Murray 12-32; Connor Descant 1-1; Anthony Baronne 1-(-14).

Passing — Rosepine: Kyle 3-5-0, 31 yards; Martin 0-1-0, 0 yards.

Receiving — Rosepine: Lawrence Willis 1-18; Daniel Welborn 1-7; Noah Martin, 1-6. Bunkie: none.

By the Numbers