The Rosepine Eagles (2-3), (1-1) fell at home for the first time this season at McKee-Mc-Cain Stadium to No. 16 Welsh Greyhounds (4-1), (2-0) 23-14. Rosepine won the coin toss last night and elected to receive the ball, with the rain drizzling and the home crowd dwindling in the Eagles were ready to battle one of the top teams in District 4-2A for the second straight week.
ROSEPINE - The Rosepine Eagles (2-3), (1-1) fell at home for the first time this season at McKee-Mc-Cain Stadium to No. 16 Welsh Greyhounds (4-1), (2-0) 23-14. Rosepine won the coin toss last night and elected to receive the ball, with the rain drizzling and the home crowd dwindling in the Eagles were ready to battle one of the top teams in District 4-2A for the second straight week. Quarterback Blake Hinson got things started with a six-yard pickup and momentum moving on their side when they were hit with a fiveyard penalty. Picking five more yards and being forced to punt on a four and out. On the Greyhounds first possession led by quarterback Caleb Hayes. Welsh drove the ball 60 yards in 13 plays eating 6:00 minutes off the clock capping the drive with a one yard touchdown run by Tray Goodwin and a Coby Sammis kick giving them an early 7-0 lead with 3:34 left in the first quarter. On the Eagles next series taking a lesson from Hayes and Greyhounds, Hinson led his offense on a 80 yard 10 play drive capped with a Hinson two yard touchdown run, cutting into the Greyhounds lead to trailing by one point 7-6 10:55 left in the first half. Hinson led the drive with 41 yards rushing. The Rosepine defense battled the rest of the first half holding the Greyhounds on goal line stand, and a field goal after Hinson was intercepted turning the ball over on their own 20 hardline, heading into to halftime with Welsh leading 10-6. The Greyhounds came out determined in the second half that they were going to be team leaving McKee-McCain Stadium 2-0 in District 4-2A play. Hayes led his offense 70 yards down field finding the end zone on a 12 yard run and a Jude Pousson kick extending their lead to 17-6 with 3:30 left in the third quarter. The Rosepine offense borrowing a play from Les Miles and the LSU Tigers, scored on a 43 yard flee flicker from Noah Martin to Tye Holiday with 8:35 left in the game cutting the Greyhounds lead to three 17-14. On the Eagles next possession the Welsh defense was ready for anything, forcing the Eagles to turn the ball over on their own 35 hardline. Hayes and the Welsh offense answered on a 35 yard driver capped with a 11 yard touchdown run by Goodwin, shutting the door on the Eagles handing them their first loss in district play 23-14. 'Our boys played hard and never gave up,' said Rosepine Coach Danny Smith. Adding 'We just never could get that big play, when youneeded it.' Noah Martin led the Eagles on offense with 79, while Blake Hinson had 67 yards on 13 carries with a touchdown. In the air game Hinson went 0-5-1, while Martin went 1-0 for 43 yards and a touchdown, Tye Holiday led the receiving with 43 yards and atouchdown. The Eagles will travel to B.S. Walker Stadium next week to face the Vinton Lions in District 4-2A action at 7:00 p.m.