Rosepine head coach Johnny Cryer and East Beauregard head coach Gordy Glaser agree that if you show up 15 minutes late for the game, you may miss the whole first quarter.

The Eagles and Trojans both run the both 40-plus times a game, and the postseason will be affected by whomever can control the ground-and-pound pace and win the game.

"We and Johnny Cryer have always joked that if you get to the game later, you may miss the first half," Glaser said. "We joke about that, but it's true."

East Beauregard sits at No. 35 in the Power Ranking, just three places out of the final spot in the playoffs. A loss to Rosepine will erase any chance that the Trojans have of extending their season.

"We know we have our work cut out," Glaser said. "Rosepine has a lot of momentum. They're well coached. The players are super disciplined are having fun playing football. We are excited about playing a good football team.

"We know if we don't win, we're out. We're going to bring out 'A' game, because that is what it is going to take to compete against them."

East Beauregard (3-5, 3-2) is coming off a 48-30 loss to Vinton where it outgained the Lions in total yardage despite trailing 41-8 at halftime.

The Trojans offense averages 22.3 points per game, and the defense also gives up 22.3 points per contest.

"Very easily, we could be a 6-2 team," Glaser said. "We will take the losses to DeQuincy and Vinton, but in other ones could have fallen our way. In years past, they have. We just haven't taken care, completely, of all our business.

"We've played a tough schedule, and if even with that tough schedule, it boils down to one game if you want to extend your season. There's a lot of teams that don't have that opportunity."

Rosepine (8-1, 5-0) is No. 9 in the Class 2A Power Rankings and another win could move it up the rankings to host two playoff games of it wins in the first round.

"It means a lot to us because we have a chance to at least tie the record here with nine wins in a season, and a win could maybe give us two home playoff games, if we win the first one," Cryer said. "It means a lot, and it's kind of a rivalry. We know and have great respect for their coaches. I think they have one of the best coaching staffs in the area. They do a good job at what they do."

With the Trojans wanting to run the ball on every down, keeping them limited or behind the sticks on first and second down is going to be key for the Rosepine defense.

"I don't think either team is going to get more than four possessions the whole game," Cryer said. "The clock is going to run the whole time. It's going to be a big-time battle. They were kind of one of the favorites to win this district when the season started, and they just have had some bad luck along the way.

"We have to be able to control the line of scrimmage. If you don't control the line of scrimmage, you're not going to win the football game. I think our front four has been solid all year. We need them to perform like they have been performing."

The Eagles feature running back Seth Shirley out of the backfield and uses the legs and arm of quarterback Seth Ducote to bring another dimension to its offense.

The Eagles were dealt a big blow in their win last week to DeQuincy when fullback and key offensive cog Dalton McCallon fractured his fibula.

"We took a blow last week when we lost our starting fullback for the year," Cryer said. "He was a big part of our offense and we're trying to teach someone else to fill in for him. You're not going to replace Dalton and what he does offensively. We're just going to have someone step. Both Seths are going to have to play well. We're not going to change things up. We've won six in a row for a reason. We're going to continue doing what we're doing."