Beating an opponent twice in the same season is always tough, but Rosepine will have to do just that to keep its season alive.

The No. 4 Eagles take on No. 20 DeQuincy, who is coming off a 25-0 upset against East Beauregard.

Rosepine defeated the Tigers in a week nine 54-32 shootout, but DeQuincy has been improving week-by-week.

"They haven't changed a whole lot, but they just execute better," Rosepine head coach Brad Ducote said. "That's the key to getting better. Their quarterback has gotten better, and they are gelling a little bit. They're more on the same page than the first time we played them."

To prepare for the game, Ducote is watching what DeQuincy did most recently against the Trojans and their regular season matchup.

"It's a balance of the two," Ducote said. "I watch what they did against East Beauregard and how they approached that, defensively, and I adjust my offense accordingly. I look at the last game and see what worked and work off of that just in case they give us different fronts. I've been looking at both films for three days now."

The Eagles dodged an upset in the first round, beating Port Allen 20-14 despite trailing for most of the second half.

"We got kind of manhandled up front, which hadn't happened to us all year," Ducote said. "It kind of caught us off guard, and it was a good teaching moment. I tell my kids now that if that ever happens again in this situation, you have to up your game and use some common sense and chop the guy at the line. We didn't do that Friday night. I didn't get to see that Friday night because it was so tight, but on film, I could tell."

With the brand of physical football the Eagles play, they are using some downtime this week to get rested up and healthy.

"They're feeling great," Ducote said. "We lightened up this week because of the weather. We haven't been able to do a whole lot this week, but they've recovered and got their legs under them.

"I told them that I don't want them bundled up and dressed like it's 10 degrees outside. Linemen can wear sleeves, and we're just going to do what we've been doing and dress like we have dressed."

The Eagles and Tigers kick off at 7 p.m. Friday at DeQuincy High School.

"We're looking forward to playing against a district rival on the biggest stage, probably, for the both schools in the last several years," Ducote said. "There's a chance to go to the third round, and both teams have a chance to win the game. It's going to be electric."