Hogan rushes for 212 yards, four touchdowns as Rosepine gets last laugh in 51-50 victory

Alix Kunkle
akunkle@leesvilledailyleader.com
Stanley Hogan rushes for a large gain during Rosepine's 51-50 win over Pine Friday. Hogan had 212 yards on 36 carries.

With Rosepine down 50-49 with eight seconds remaining and the Eagles facing a dilemma of whether to kick the extra point or go for the two points, Eagles head coach Danny Smith's decision was simple.

"I told them (the kids), we're going for the win if we score," he said. "There wasn't no doubt. A game like this, you can put it on my shoulders. I'll make the call, and let the kids execute."

On the two-point conversion, Eric Kyle handed the ball off to Stanley Hogan, who initially looked inside, but instead bounced to the outside for the score, giving the Eagles the two points they needed to defeat Pine, 51-50, Friday evening at Rosepine High School.

"It was just a great football game," Smith said. "We showed a lot of heart. You can't say enough about our kids, and I'm just proud of the coaches, the kids, everyone."

It was an evening not for defensive-minded fans; the teams combined for 936 yards of total offense, and each team scoring on all of their possessions but one — both fumbles.

"This was one of the best football games I'm sure a lot of people have witnessed, ever," Pine head coach Bradley Seal said.

Rosepine got the opening kickoff after Pine deferred, and methodically moved the ball 56 yards for the first touchdown of the game, taking 5:07 off the clock, with Stanley Hogan scoring from 24 yards out to give the Eagles a 7-0 lead.

Pine started at its own 35 yard line and advanced to within the Rosepine 25, but Tory Robertson fumbled after a six-yard gain, and Brandon Hetpinstall recovered the loose ball, giving Rosepine a first-and-10 at their own 17. Two plays later, Noah Martin ripped off a 13-yard run, followed by a 17-yard run, and after a personal foul, Rosepine was in business at the Pine 35. Hogan would later score his second touchdown from seven yards out, and the Eagles were up 14-0 at the end of the first quarter.

But Pine quarterback Derrick Dillon, who came into the game with 26 rushing touchdowns and over 2,000 yards rushing, was just getting warmed up. On third-and-10, Dillon evaded several Rosepine defenders and scrambled for 35 yards to keep the drive alive. He would later cap the drive with an eight-yard run, and after he caught the two-point conversion pass from Trevor Stuart, the Raiders trailed 14-8.

Both teams would trade blows on their next two possessions. Kyle scored from three yards out, and Dillon responded with a 64 yard touchdown of his own. On the ensuing drive, the Eagles needed just three plays before Noah Martin ran for 47 yards and a touchdown, and Rosepine was up 28-14. Pine countered with a 59-yard run by Dillon, and after his two-point conversion run, the Raiders trailed 28-22.

With 2:43 remaining in the half, the Eagles took the ball at their own 35. But on the second play of the drive, Kyle fumbled, and the Raiders recovered. Four plays later, Dillon scored his fourth touchdown of the game, and after the two-point conversion, Pine entered the half with a 30-28 lead. The teams had combed for 532 yards of offense at halftime, with Dillon rushing for 209, and Hogan with 102.

The Raiders took the kickoff to start the second half, and this time, Pine slowed the pace down, cranking out a 5:23 drive, capped by a 15 yard run by Dillon, giving Pne a 42-36 lead.

But anything Pine did, Rosepine countered with something of its own.The Eagles orchestrated a 12 play, 65 yard drive spanning 5:29, culminating in Hogan's third touchdown of the night, a one-yard run, and after catching Kyle's pass on the two-point conversion, both teams were tied at 42.

Pine would score early in the fourth quarter, with Dillon rushing for 12 yards to give the Raiders a 42-36 lead with 10:02 remaining.

But then Rosepine's ground-and-pound offense went to work, pumping out another 12 play drive, this one spanning 64 yards and whittling 9:58 off the clock. When Stanley Hogan scored from two yards out and Jesse Fruge hit the extra point, just 3:04 remained.

But that was plenty of time for Dillon to work magic of his own. On the first play of the ensuing drive, which started at their own seven yard line, Dillon scrambled for 13 yards. On the next play, he scrambled for 80 more and a touchdown, and with 2:18 left, it was 50-43 Pine.

But back came Rosepine. The Eagles started at their own 35 yard line, and after Hogan ran for a yard, he caught a Kyle pass for 19 yards. After an incompletion, Kyle found Andrew Holliday for 19 yards. Then, on a key third-and-nine, Hogan caught a tipped Kyle pass for five yards, but dragged two Raider defenders with him for an extra five yards and a first down. Three plays later, Rosepine was forced with another third down situation, this time a third-and-five. Hogan ran for six yards. Another three plays later, Rosepine was forced to a third-and-10 at the 11, and this time, Kyle found Hogan for 11 yards and a touchdown, setting up Hogan's heroic two-point run.

"We showed a lot of heart," Smith said.

Hogan finished with 212 yards on 36 carries, scoring four touchdowns. Martin added 137 yards on 14 carries, but sat out most of the second half with a shoulder injury. Kyle threw for 66 yards on six completions, five of which went to Hogan.

Dillon finished with 347 rushing yards on 22 carries, scoring seven touchdowns. He also threw for 89 yards.

The Eagles will now travel to No. 7 Vinton (9-2, 3-2). The last time the two teams met was Oct. 5, 2012, when the Eagles routed Vinton, 43-12.