Rosepine ended its regular season on a high note, and the Eagles will have to play even better to upset No. 8 Kinder is the first round of the LHSAA playoffs.
No. 25 Rosepine is coming off a 38-21 win over DeQuincy to, hopefully, set the tone for this week.
"We needed that," Rosepine head coach Brad Ducote said. "We treated that like a playoff game, and it was the most complete game we've played all year. It came at a great time. I'm very excited and hopeful that we will come out and start that way Friday night. If we do, I think we'll be in the game."
Kinder defeated Rosepine 42-26 in Week 6, and despite the final score, the Eagles hung with the Yellowjackets.
"I don't think it gives either one of us an advantage," Ducote said. "They are going to do what they do, and we are going to do what we do. That's it. I know the cliche is that it's hard to beat a team twice, but they handle us pretty well over there last time. We made a game out of it, but they are a very good football team."
Kinder ran for 429 yards in its win and added some more firepower since the first matchup.
"After that game, we worked on tackling quite a bit," Ducote said. "They exposed that, and we've gotten better at it. We're still not a great tackling team, but we have gotten better. We are going to need that. Not only did they rush for over 400 yards, but they didn't have Ty Fuselier. He's a man, and we're going to have to tackle well to bring him down."
Rosepine quarterback Ethan Frey had a big game in Week 6, throwing for 253 yards and a pair of touchdowns, while freshman running back Grant Ducote ran for 138 yards.
"It's very important to get them rolling," Ducote said. "With Grant, we need to establish a running game early to help with our passing game. The first time we played, we were able to do that. We didn't score on the first two drives, but we ran the football well. We are just going to have to be consistent in all phases of the game to have a chance to beat those guys.
Rosepine and Kinder kick off at 7 p.m. Friday night at Kinder High School.