For many, many years, the Rosepine Eagles couldn’t lay claim to being the best in a Class 2A district.
Now they can.
The District 4-2A champion Eagles had eight players named first-team all-district by the coaches of the league recently, including six on offense and two on defense.
Along with the eight first-teamers, the Eagles also boast the district’s Coach of the Year in veteran boss Johnny Cryer.
Cryer guided the Eagles to a district championship with a 4-1 record and an appearance in the second round of the playoffs.
Overall, the Eagles set a single-season record for wins by going 8-4 overall, along with winning their first-ever home playoff game, a 36-7 romp over Sacred Heart of Ville Platte in the first round of the Class 2A playoffs.
Six members of the Eagle offense were named first-team all-district, including three offensive lineman, a quarterback, a running back and a place kicker.
Senior tackle William Burks earned his second straight first-team honor from the coaches, while senior guard Donovan Miller and junior center John Mark Holliday were also picked to the first team.
The three Rosepine linemen spent most of their time blocking for quarterback Klint White and running back Gary Suydam, both first-team picks as sophomores.
White, who accounted for 511 yards passing and three touchdowns, along with 921 rushing yards on 172 carries and 13 touchdowns, made the team at athlete, while Suydam, who finished the year with a school record 1,707 yards and 22 touchdowns on 281 carries, was one of three backs named to the team.
Sophomore Jacob Hill, who nailed 13-of-15 extra point attempts, along with a game-winning field goal against DeQuincy, was the place kicker on the all-district team.
Rosepine junior defensive lineman Travis Moses and sophomore defensive back Brandon Russell were also first-team selections for the Eagles.
Moses accounted for 41 tackles and seven quarterback hurries in league play, while Russell had 34 tackles and an interception.
However, the all-district first-team defense was headed by Pickering senior Paul Marcantel.
Marcantel, who had 839 yards and 11 touchdowns as a running back for the Red Devils, was the Defensive Player of the Year as chosen by the league’s coaches.
For the season, Marcantel accounted for 156 tackles, including over 100 solo as he led the Red Devils in that category.
In addition to Marcantel and Cryer being honored, DeQuincy sophomore C.J. Carter was recognized as the league’s Offensive Player of the Year, accounting for 653 yards of total offense in league play.