Like it has throughout the season, Rosepine leaned on the legs of Seth Shirley to propel it to the second round of the playoffs.
Shirley racked up 117 yards and four touchdowns in the Eagles 31-20 win over Jeanerette Friday night.
"We came out and jumped out to a 14-0 lead and played well," Rosepine head coach Johnny Cryer said. "We had two bad fumbles back-to-back and we had to clean that up a bit. But I thought the kids played well. We had a good offensive night, and the defense had a real good game."
Rosepine also made some history in the win, giving the school its first ever 10-win season.
"It was unreal," Cryer said. "It was a great atmosphere for the kids. There was a lot of excitement and people were painting the town. We made history (Friday night) by being the first team to win 10 games in a season. Now, we need to be the first team to make it to the quarterfinals."
The Eagles jumped out to a 8-0 lead with a 10-yard run by Seth Shirley for the only score of the first quarter.
After another Shirley touchdown in the second quarter, Jeanerette tied it at 14 with a touchdown run from Shonathan Sparrow and fumble recovery returned to the end zone.
Rosepine lost three fumbles, and although it was able to overcome the errors, Cryer knows that is something his team needs to eliminate, along with other miscues, heading into the next round.
"We have to clean up the turnovers and prevent the big plays," Cryer said. "Last night, we did a good job of playing defense. We gave up big plays and didn't block well last night. This week, we need to clean the turnovers up and work on the offensive line."
Shirley scored his third touchdown of the game last in the second quarter and Dylan Callaway added a 23-yard field goal right before the half to give Rosepine the 23-12 lead heading into the locker room.
"We knew coming in that they had a good defense, but we stayed patient and stayed with the running game," Cryer said. "We worked the ball downfield and hit a couple of big passes."
After a scoreless third quarter, Sparrow cut the deficit to 23-20 with a 39-yard touchdown run, but Shirley put the game away with a 1-yard touchdown run to make it 31-20 with six minutes, 53 seconds to go.
"The difference last night was Seth Shirley being Seth Shirley. He was able to get three or four yards a carry," Cryer said about his running back. "The key last night was Seth Ducote. He had 13 carries for 93 yards and had some big runs. It was the first time this year that we've thrown for over 100 yards in a game. You have to do things like that in playoffs. There's times in the playoffs where people are going to stop the run."
Rosepine will host No. 10 Red River at 7 p.m. Friday in the second round of the Class 2A Playoffs.