Rosepine is hoping its physical play can counteract the team speed of Jeanerette in the first round of the Class 2A playoffs.

Jeanerette (4-6) comes in the the playoffs averaging 22.3 points per game on defense in tough district that features the No. 7 and No. 3 teams in the Division III playoffs.

"They're athletic and they've played a tough schedule," Cryer said. "They've played some good people. They've got a real good defense, and it's probably one of the best we've faced up until this point. I think they hang their hat on the defensive side. Offensively, they're not as good as they are defensively, but they make plays with their athletes. It's a tough draw, but everyone in the playoffs are a tough draw."

Rosepine's offense uses running back Seth Shirley and the legs and arm of quarterback Seth Ducote to get 3 and 4 yards at a time to wear down teams.

"We have to go right at them. We're not going to outrun them to the edge," Cryer said. "We're not going to get outside of them. To alleviate that, you have to line up and go right at them, which fits into our scheme. We try to run between the tackles and wear teams out. That's what we're going to do."

Cryer says the beginning the game is going to be crucial in determining what his guys can do against a quality defense.

"Our first couple of drives are going to be very important," he said. "We're going to find out if we're going to have success running the ball. If we are not having success, then we have to go to Plan B. Plan B is throwing it a little bit and running some motion. We'll just see how it goes. We can throw the ball if we have to, too."

The Tiger offense averages 23.5 points per game and brings a unique look behind center.

"Both of them are very athletic," Cryer said. "Everything kind of centers around them. They have three or four tailbacks. They just move them in and out. The thing they do offensively, is that you can stuff them and stuff them, but then they hit a big play. That's the thing that bothers us.

"They play 15 or 18 kids. A lot of them play both ways. You think you can tire them out, but tomorrow night is going to be a cool night. It's going to come down to if we can stop their big plays on offense."

If Rosepine is able to get past Jeanerette, it will mark the first 10-win season in the history of Rosepine, something that seemed years away coming off 20 straight loses to begin the year.

"They've been very excited this week. They're flying around everywhere at practice," Cryer said. "We have a lot to play for this week. We have another home playoff game and Rosepine has never had 10 wins in a season in the school's history.

"I would love to have a home playoff win, but we've already exceeded our expectations by many people by winning nine games. I'll be the first one to say I didn't expect it in our first year, but the kids bought in and we got hot."