ROSEPINE – The Rosepine offense found success on the ground and through the air to pick up a victory before district play begins.
The Eagles threw for 144 yards and rushed for 159 yards in its 30-22 win Friday night at home.
"I'm super proud of the boys," Rosepine head coach Brad Ducote said. "They played well in all three phases. We still made a few mistakes. We didn't hang our heads. We kept fighting and found a way to win. It was just a complete team effort."
Jonesboro-Hodge racked up 375 total yards, but the Rosepine defense had multiple bodies pursuing to the ball and were put pressure on the Tiger quarterback.
"They played well and were flying to the football," Ducote said. "At times, we didn't wrap up. You give good athletes second and third chances, they are going to burn you. They did at times, but the defense, overall, played well."
After a Rosepine fumble in the first quarter, Jonesboro-Hodge got on the board with a 9-yard run by quarterback Caleb Hassen.
The Eagles responded with a 45-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Ethan Frey to receiver Garrett Mayfield to take a 8-6 lead.
With 2:24 to play in the first half, Frey found Mayfield open up in the middle of the field for a 38-yard touchdown toss.
"We have to have a balance with this football team," Ducote said. "It can't be run heavy or pass heavy. When we find that balance and can execute, we are a pretty good football team."
Hassen thew his second touchdown of the game to tie at 14 midway through the third, but Isaiah Stinson gave the Eagles the lead with a 60-yard punt return touchdown with 35 seconds to play.
Rosepine defensive back Caden Stephens picked off a pass on the next Jonesboro-Hodge drive, but lightning in the area led to a 45-minute break for the weather to clear.
When the game resumed, the Eagles came out in the Wildcat formation, and after three runs, Rosepine running back Grant Ducote hit Josh Cummings for a 16-yard touchdown pass.
"We saw on a two-point conversion that we ran with Grant that we blocked it well," Brad Ducote said. "We came out of the break and ran in that formation. We ran it a couple of times, and they we're cheating in the box. We ran the waggle out of the Cat, and it was wide open deep. He made a good read, and it was a good catch."
The Tigers pulled within a score on a 33-yard touchdown pass and threatened to tie it up after a Rosepine fumble. However, on fourth-and-8 with 1:30 to play, Jonesboro-Hodge was unable to covert, giving the Eagles their second win of the year.
Grant Ducote ran for 133 yards on 20 carries, and Frey threw was 8-for-14 for 128 yards with two touchdowns and a pick. Mayfield caught four passes for 103 yards and two touchdowns.
Rosepine (2-3) will take on new district rival Kinder (1-4) next week on the road.
"We just have to get better at tackling on defense and better upfront blocking," Ducote said. "I think we got better from last week to this week. We just have to keep improving."