If Rosepine wants to keep its Cinderella season going, its offense will need to keep Red River on the sidelines.

The Eagles take on Bulldogs at 7 p.m. Friday at Rosepine in the second round of the Class 2A Playoffs.

"Their strong point is their defense," Rosepine head coach Johnny Cryer said. "They've pretty much manhandled the last few teams they've faced. They have some quality losses with Alexandria and Many and Richwood. Their losses are against very good competition. They have a lot of talent and thrive on the big play on offense."

Red River (8-3) gives up 16.1 points per game, but Cryer hopes the ground-and-pound Eagle offense can give it issues.

"They haven't played a team like us this year," Cryer said. "We are hoping we have some success going right at them. We are who we are. We're not going to change what we do. We're going to continue to go right at people and shrink the game down as much as possible."

The Bulldogs have good athletes at the skill player positions, leading them to a 28.5 points per game mark.

"The quarterback likes to run the ball a lot and they throw quick passes out to the wide receivers," Cryer said. "They just make big plays. They're so fast and well coached. They do a great job at what they do.

"We just have to get our kids in the right spot, and they have to make tackles when they need to make tackles. They spread you out and utilize their speed."

The Eagles (10-1) took a blow this week as sickness hit the team, leading some players to miss practice, and Cryer hopes he will have all his guys come kickoff.

"It's week 12 so we're just trying to fine tune some things at practice," Cryer said. "We've been hit hard this week. Seth Shirely and three other starters haven't practiced all week or been at school because of strep throat. Hopefully, the can get healthy enough to play Friday.

"This time of year, you don't need to practice a whole lot. You just need to fine tune things and be as healthy as you can for Friday night."