In a week that is full of distractions off of the field, Rosepine produced on the field in its best performance of the season.
The Eagles, being a big game from running back Seth Shirley, defeated Lakeside 45-12.
"Homecoming weighs on every coach's mind," Rosepine head coach Brad Ducote said. "You worry about the kids' focus, but we did most of our festivities during the morning. I told the coaching staff before the game that our kids are focused and ready. They proved it on the field. It was about as perfect as a game that we could play. It really was. The kids executed the game plan to a T."
Shirley was involved early and often, racking up 201 yards on 44 carries and four touchdowns in the win.
"He gets stronger as the game goes," Ducote said. "I didn't want to get into too much shotgun last night, and in my game plan, I didn't have any at all. I knew we were going to lean on him and he was going to be our workhorse. We kept giving it to him, and he responded well. The line did a great job, and he broke a few tackles to extend some plays. We controlled the clock, and he allowed us to do that. I couldn't ask more out of that kid."
Lakeside (3-1) averaged 53.4 points a game coming into the contest, but the Rosepine defense held the Warriors to just 108 total yards.
"Coach (Frank) Rosegrant did a excellent job scheming them up," Ducote said. "He's a real student of the game. He had more hours studying film than me. The kids understood it and executed it. Going in, I figured we would have to have four touchdowns to win. I really did, and they just played lights out."
As a team, the Eagles rushed for 288 yards being its big offensive line.
"They just take pride in running the ball, and as a coaching staff, we instill it," Ducote said. "Let's go out and hit them in the mouth and keep the ball on the ground. They take pride in it. They will come up to me in the middle of water break or timeout and say 'hey, coach, come to my side. You're going away from me too much.' They absolutely take full pride in it."
Shirley put Rosepine up 16-0 with a 4-yard run in the second quarter for his second score of the day with 4:44 left in the first half, but Lakeside scored on a 12-yard run with 46 seconds left in the second quarter to make it 16-6.
Quarterback Seth Ducote got the scoring going in the third quarter with a 13-yard touchdown run to put the Eagles up 22-6.
Ducote recorded 67 yards on eight carries and was 3-for-4 in the air for 48 yards.
Shirley scored his third touchdown with 6:17 left in the third quarter on another 4-yard run to increase the lead to 30-6.
Lakeside scored on a passing touchdown late in the third, but two touchdowns, one by Shirley and a passing touchdown from Ducote to Josh Cummings, put it away in the fourth quarter.
"People still wear Coach (Johnny) Cryer leaving on their sleeve and wonder if this team is really as good," Ducote said. "I think last night, I think they got a glimpse that we are a pretty solid football team. I took it at as a statement game, and I sold it to the kids as that, as well."