Rosepine has come a long ways since dropping 20 consecutive games by claiming the Class 2A, District 4 championship with a 23-6 win over DeQuincy Thursday night.
With the win the Eagles (8-1, 5-0) claimed their first district title since tying with Many in 2013.
"I'm proud of the kids," Rosepine head coach Johnny Cryer said. "With Vinton beating East Beauregard, we had no idea we could clinch it last night. Winning the district title outright means a lot to this program and a lot to this community.
"We take pride on coaching our kids up and they carry out the game plan. Everybody we have played this year has more talent than we have. Our kids just bought in and do the things that we need to do to be successful."
Rosepine rushed for 220 yards on 46 carries with running back Seth Shirley running for 114 yards and quarterback Seth Ducote racking up 71 yards on 14 carries.
"Seth Ducote makes our team go," Cryer said. "He's able to throw the ball and had big carries throughout the game. I can't say enough about Seth Shirley. He's a warrior and is very durable. He gets the yards when we need them and gets better as the game goes on."
The Eagles took an early 8-0 lead on a 3-yard Shirley touchdown before DeQuincy answered in the second quarter with a touchdown run by Jacob Cooper. Fullback Dalton McCallon scored on a 4-yard touchdown before the half to give Rosepine a 14-6 lead headed into the break.
Dylan Callaway booted in a 20-yard field goal, and Shirley added a 2-yard touchdown run in the third quarter to pull away from Tigers.
"(DeQuincy) probably has the best quarterback in the district, but (defensive coordinator Danny) Smith did a good job of scheming them up," Cryer said. "We held them to around 80 yards in the second half, and that was the key to the game. We bent a little bit in the game but we always stood up, and had good fourth down stands."
Rosepine finishes its year off with a matchup against East Buchanan before heading into the playoffs.
"I hope we don't have a let down," Cryer said. "We were on such a high after the game, and the game with East Beauregard doesn't have much meaning, as far as district standings go. A win against East Beauregard could give us a higher Power Ranking and could let us host two playoff games. We still have a lot to play for."