Rosepine continued its undefeated start by making in-game adjustments that North Central did not counter.

The Eagles defeated the Hurricanes 44-8 Thursday night to move to 5-0 on the season.

"I felt like we ran the football well on the perimeter which is against the grain of what we usually do," Rosepine head coach Brad Ducote said. "They pretty much said that you're not going to run the ball between the tackles and stacked the box. No matter what we got in, they stayed in the box. We had to take advantage of the perimeter."

The Eagles were well-equipped to take the change, letting quarterback Seth Ducote keep the ball on runs to the outside, and the senior signal caller responded with 201 yards on 11 carries and four rushing touchdowns.

"He was just able to get to the perimeter and make some big runs," Ducote said. "When he got to the outside, there was nobody there to tackle him. That happened several times during the night. A few times, he made one cut, and there was just nobody there."

The Rosepine defense has been getting better each week with new players in different roles and in new spots.

"They keep improving," Ducote said. "They've been improving in the passing game, especially. We're pretty sound on the run and kind of lacking in the coverage. They're starting to pick it up a little bit. North Central had one receiver that gave us a fit, running in-and-out routes, but other than that, we covered the routes well."

Rosepine running back Seth Shirley averaged 146 yards a game coming into the contest but was limited to 38 yards on 11 carries.

"I think it was more mental than anything for him. I don't really know," Ducote said. "He just couldn't get going. One person was tackling him when usually he is breaking tackles. He just had on off night."

Ducote got the Eagles on the board with a 70-yard touchdown pass to Garrett Mayfield for the game's first points. Ducote went 5-for-8 through the air for 103 yards and two touchdowns.

Ducote ran in for his first score of the evening late exactly a minute later with 5:50 left in the first quarter, then rushed for two more touchdowns in the second quarter to put Rosepine up 26-6 at the break.

Ducote opened up the third quarter with a 49-yard touchdown run and hit Shirley for 14-yard touchdown pass to extend the lead in the fourth quarter.

The Eagles host Vinton at 7 p.m. Thursday night to begin play in a competitive district.

"I feel confident that we are ready to approach districts," Ducote said. "I think it's going to be a toss up. It's anybody's ball game. It's going to come down to who can execute the best, and we're going to work on during practices coming up on execution and playing mistake-free football."