If the Eagles want to make a deep playoff run, it will go through Rosepine High School.
No. 4 Rosepine starts its season postseason against No. 29 Port Allen Friday night at home after receiving its high seed.
"We figured we would finish as three or a four, and we'll take it all week," Rosepine head coach Brad Ducote said. "That gives us a chance to have three home games in a row, and we can't ask for more than that."
Rosepine rolled to a 10-0 regular season for the first time in school history, and with more history left to be written, it will have to continue doing what it did to get them to this point.
"I remind the seniors every day at practice that this is their team and don't lose focus on the ultimate goal," Ducote said. "Let's keep this rolling as long as we can. To do that, we have to stay focused. The seniors know that."
The Pelicans (3-7) won their two last games of the regular season to make the playoffs, despite averaging 13.1 points a game throughout the year.
"(Port Allen) comes out of a pretty good district," Ducote said. "I've seen them on film, and they're big and athletic. They run a spread offense and will try to get their kids in space. Sometimes, that causes us problems. We're not taking them lightly, for sure. I think we'll be able to move the football on them, but our kids are going to have to show up and play."
The Eagles won their games by an average 27 points a game during the first 10 weeks of the season, and Ducote is sure while his guys will not overlook anyone, they know they can compete.
"Our kids are humble kids, but I don't think they're lacking confidence," he said. "Part of winning, no matter who you beat, builds confidence. A confident team and a confident player is a dangerous thing. You can get more out that kids than you can a kid that is lacking it."
The Eagles and Pelicans kick off at 7 p.m. Friday night, and the winner takes on the winner of East Beauregard and DeQuincy in the second round, setting up a potential district rematch.
"(Looking forward is) natural for kids to want to do," Ducote said. "Sometimes, as coaches, we catch ourselves doing that, too. They understand, from the first game that they played, that it is one game at a time. They haven't lost that. I'm sure it's in the back of their minds that if we win this one, we have a district opponent."
Prior to the 2017 season, Rosepine had lost 20 straight games, and now, the Eagles can make noise deep into the playoffs.
"It's been crazy," Ducote said. "It was a humbling experience to go 1-29, or whatever the record was. Not winning a game for two years and turning it into last year and this year is really storybook. It couldn't have happened to a better group of kids than I have right now. Those kids went through a lot to get to the other side."