Eagles bounce back with impressive victory over Kinder
KINDER - After some early struggles, the Rosepine Eagles made it look easy.
For the first time since becoming district rivals, the Eagles (5-1, 1-0) defeated the Kinder Yellow Jackets on the road on Friday, 48-22.
"Once we started executing a little bit better, we were able to hit some passes on them late in the first half," Rosepine head coach Brad Ducote said. "Kudos to our kids for beating Kinder at their place. This is our biggest win since I've been the head coach."
Last week, the Eagles dropped a road game at Logansport without starting quarterback Ethan Frey under center. But he was back this week and Frey was simply fantastic, throwing for 160 yards and three scores, while rushing for 86 yards and another TD.
However, Grant Ducote arguably had one of the best games of his career, rushing for 268 yards and three TDs on just 23 carries, eclipsing the 1,000-yard mark on the season.
Kinder (1-5, 0-1) took the initial lead of the game after a Rosepine miscue. The Yellow Jackets, who had fumbled inside the Eagle 5 on their first drive, took advantage of a bad snap on a punt attempt by the Eagles, taking over at the Rosepine 7.
Three plays later, Kinder got a 3-yard TD run from Graham Fawcett for a 6-0 edge. Rosepine responded by marching 70 yards in eight plays, culminating with a 5-yard TD run from Ducote, knotting the game at 6-6.
Kinder reclaimed the lead on another 3-yard TD run from Fawcett, which was set up with a 58-yard scamper by Luke LeBoeuf. LeBoeuf added the 2-point conversion for a 14-6 Yellow Jacket edge.
Rosepine answered with a methodical 71-yard drive. Taking 11 plays to cover the distance, Frey scored the touchdown on a 12-yard run to draw the Eagles to within two. Frey blasted his way into the endzone for the two to tie things up at 14-14.
Kinder's next possession ended on a bad snap and Rosepine used just one play to make the Yellow Jackets pay for the mistake as Frey connected on a 27-yard pass to Cole Donahue on a deep crossing route for a 20-14 lead.
The Eagles forced a Kinder punt and took over at their own 24 with 47 seconds left and one timeout. Frey hit Isaiah Stinson on a 33-yard pass to get into Kinder territory. After a pair of incompletions, Ducote picked up six yards to the Kinder 37 and the Eagles took their final timeout.
Out of the stoppage, Frey found Aiden Klein on a 37-yard pass for the score with five seconds to go in the first half. Frey also added the two for a 28-14 halftime cushion.
The Eagles scored on their first offensive play of the second half as Ducote rumbled 67 yards for the touchdown and a 34-14 lead.
Kinder fumbled the ball away on its next possession and the Eagles followed it up with a 13-play, 77-yard drive, ending with a 4-yard TD connection between Frey and Stinson for a 41-14 edge.
Kinder punted the ball away on its next possession, pinning the Eagles on their own 6.
Three plays later, Ducote broke through no less than five would-be tacklers en route to a 76-yard TD romp and a 48-14 Rosepine lead.
The Yellow Jackets added a late TD, but it wasn't enough as Rosepine cruised to victory.
The Eagles tallied 527 total yards in the contest. Stinson had nine receptions for 89 yards and a touchdown, while Klein and Donahue each reeled in a TD reception.
LeBoeuf led the Yellow Jackets with 134 yards on 12 carries, while Fawcett had two rushing touchdowns and Griffin Cooley added one score.