Rosepine football looking to pair baseball title with one for football

LaMar Gafford
Alexandria Town Talk

ROSEPINE – Winning is contagious.

After winning the LHSAA Class 2A baseball title in May, Rosepine has its sights set on a football title.

“It’s motivation,” linebacker Braden Trull said. “After we won that baseball title, it’s been like, ‘Alright, let’s get another one.’ I use it as motivation and I think we all do. We all play with a chip on our shoulder to get another one.”

“They’re just an awesome group of kids,” Eagles coach Brad Ducote said. “I love each and every one of them. They’re just special. I hope we can finish strong.”

The Eagles (8-1) are ranked No. 9 in Class 2A and will win District 5-2A outright for the first time since 2018 if it defeats DeQuincy on Friday night.

Rosepine quarterback Ethan Frey (4) fights for yardage against Pickering last season in the Battle for the Big Dog Jug.

Led by senior quarterback and LSU baseball commitment Ethan Frey, Rosepine is an experienced group that has enough weapons on offense to match with any opponent.

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Frey has thrown for 1,442 yards and 20 touchdowns by connecting with 500-yard senior receivers Isiah Stinson and Cole Donahue. Junior running back Grant Ducote ranks third in Central Louisiana with 1,536 rushing yards and first with 30 rushing touchdowns.

“Ever since I’ve been here, this is the best offensive crew that I’ve had,” Frey said. “I’ve played all my years with Grant and the dude’s gotten better every year. He’s just a dog, it’s as simple as that.”

It’s really nice to have that confidence that they’re going to be there to back us up,” linebacker Dalton Keel said. “We make good plays and know that they’re going to score.”

Another key for Rosepine has been its defense, which is allowing 17.6 points per game – more than 10 points fewer than it surrendered last season.

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“They’ve helped us a lot,” Frey said. “Last year, we were expected to put up a lot of points to be able to win a game, but now, our defense has locked down. We know they have our backs.”

The Eagles'  defense got better in the offseason when linebacker Michael Woods transferred from intra-parish rival Pickering. As a result, Woods leads the team with 100 tackles and gives them some extra speed with his pursuit.

Rosepine Michael Woods (10) brings down Kinder quarterback Graham Fawcett on fourth down during the Eagles' 48-22 win over the homesteading Yellow Jackets on Friday.

“He’s saved our secondary’s a few times butts by running down a running back when we have weak pressure,” defensive back Aden Cline said. “He’s been flying around and doing a great job.”

One of the Eagles’ goals this season was to claim a district title and do it they would have to beat Kinder – the 2020 Class 2A runner-up.

Having lost its previous three meetings with the Yellow Jackets since they joined 5-2A, which included a 42-6 playoff loss in 2019, Rosepine won 48-22 in Week 6.

“It was a huge win,” Frey said. “Since us seniors have been here, we hadn’t won a game against them. To finally beat them, it gives us some extra morale and it helps us get going.”

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In order to win a title, Rosepine must get over another hurdle – getting to the quarterfinals.

Rosepine defensive back Aden Cline (16) dives to tackle Griffin Cooley during the Eagles' district win over Kinder.

In three of the last four years, the Eagles have reached the Class 2A regional round, but lost each time. Last year, they faded in the second half and lost 41-18.

Rosepine will likely have a tough opponent in the regionals again, but that has not fazed the Eagles.

“It’s never been done in school history, so we want to be the crew that does it,” Frey said. “We’ve achieved a lot of personal goals, so we just want to show the rest of the community that we are what we say we are.”