ROSEPINE — Two teams which struggled mightily in jamboree action last week will have the opportunity to rectify that situation on Friday night in the season opener.

ROSEPINE — Two teams which struggled mightily in jamboree action last week will have the opportunity to rectify that situation on Friday night in the season opener.

The Merryville Panthers, under the direction of new head coach Frank Rosegrant, will take the short journey to McKee-McCain Stadium to meet up with the Rosepine Eagles, who are coached by former Merryville boss, Danny Cain.

Kickoff is at 7 p.m. and the game can be heard live on Today’s Country 105.7-FM with Rick Barnickel and Jamison Nash on the call.

The Panthers are coming off a 37-0 loss to the DeQuincy Tigers in jamboree action last week, while the Eagles were also blanked, falling by a score of 41-0 to Pickering.

Cain believes getting off to a 1-0 start would be huge for his young Eagles team.

“Every week is important and there is no off week,” Cain said. “But when you are trying to build confidence with a young team, starting off 1-0 is crucial. We’ve had a good week of practice and I’m very pleased with our effort this week.”

After having trouble moving the ball in the first half of their jamboree game with Pickering, the Eagles were able to sustain a drive with the short passing game, one of many things Rosegrant and his staff have been preparing the Panthers for.

“Rosepine is a much better team this year and that’s a credit to their staff and players,” he said. “They hustle and get after it every play. We have to be fundamentally sound because they have some player that can hurt you with the big play, especially the way they will spread out our defense.”

Rosepine’s offense runs through the capable hands of junior signal caller Cade Ledet, who7-completed 7-of-12 passes last week, four of which to possession receiver Alex Orill. Brody Dauzat and Tanner Wiegand are also key components in the Eagles passing attack.

When the Eagles opt to run, Ledet and tailback Covey Landen are able to break the game open with their legs, running behind a massive offensive line featuring the likes of Lawrence Willis and Adam Harriman.

The Panthers will look to counter the Rosepine offense with leadership defensively from Ethan Keel, Kenny Cole, Davin Chaney and Kyle Royer.

Rosegrant will look to standout quarterback Seth Powell to lead the way offensively, along with the likes of Christian Callahan, Hunter Echols and Brandon Connor.

“For us, knowing our assignments and executing them every play is crucial,” Rosegrant said. “We have to execute our assignments offensively, knowing who we have to block and then doing it. Also, we will need to be able to handle adversity effectively.”

Defensively, the Eagles will utilize the likes of Willis and Harriman on the defensive front, along with Corey Wonner at linebacker.

Rosepine will take to the road for the first time this season next Thursday as it journeys to Vinton, while Merryville will travel to the Opelousas area for a Sept. 11 matchup against Westminster Christian.