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Bastrop Daily Enterprise - Bastrop, LA
  • Rosepine's dominant season ends with loss to Evangel

  • Despite outrushing Evangel 206-185 and forcing three turnovers in the first half, the Rosepine Eagles (8-4, 6-1) couldn't overcome an early 27-0 deficit and fell to the Evangel Christian Academy Eagles (10-2, 5-0), 41-14, Friday night at Rodney Duron Stadium in Shreveport. It was the second time in five years Rosepine fell to Evangel in the playoffs, as Rosepine lost, 42-0, in the first round of the 2007 playoffs.
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  • Despite outrushing Evangel 206-185 and forcing three turnovers in the first half, the Rosepine Eagles (8-4, 6-1) couldn't overcome an early 27-0 deficit and fell to the Evangel Christian Academy Eagles (10-2, 5-0), 41-14, Friday night at Rodney Duron Stadium in Shreveport.
    It was the second time in five years Rosepine fell to Evangel in the playoffs, as Rosepine lost, 42-0, in the first round of the 2007 playoffs.
    Evangel started the scoring early when Javin Webb scored the first of his four touchdowns from 13 yards out. Rosepine punted twice on their first two drives, but after Eric Kyle intercepted quarterback Dakota Duron, Rosepine drove to within the Evangel 15yard line, but Addison Flowers' 28-yard field goal attempt was no good. Four plays later, Webb scored his second touchdown of the evening on a 69-yard run, Rosepine's next two drives ended in a punt and a lost fumble, respectfully, and Evangel turned each into a touchdown — a Trent Taylor 61-yard touchdown catch from Duron and a 13yard run by Webb.
    'We got off to a slow start, but after that, we settled down a little bit,' Rosepine head coach Danny Smith said.
    After Rosepine called a timeout after the fourth touchdown, they offense found its stride. Rosepine put together an 11 play, 76-yard drive that was capped by a 6-yard run by Noah Martin that cut the score to 27-7. With 2:07 left in the half, Evangel got the ball back on their own 41, but on the first play of the drive, Duron threw an interception — his second of the evening — to Blake Hinson. Rosepine, however, could not do anything in the final 1:54 and trailed by 20 at the half.
    Rosepine got the ball to start the second half and drove 77 yards for a score, this time capped by an 8yard run by Hinson. On Evangel's next drive, however, they needed just six plays to go 55 yards, with Webb scoring his final touchdown of the evening from five yards out.
    Rosepine got to within the Evangel 30-yard line late in the third quarter and early fourth quarter, but Hinson was sacked and Rosepine couldn't pick up the first down.
    Duron threw a touchdown to Jared Cornelius in the fourth quarter to cap Evangel's scoring.
    'We battled for 48 minutes, and that's what we wanted to do,' Smith said. Hinson led the way for Rosepine with 108 rushing yards on 18 carries and 104 passing yards on nine completions. Martin added 88 rushing yards on 15 carries and also caught four passes for 64 yards, and Tye Holliday caught four passes for 38 yards.
    Webb finished with 189 yards on 13 carries for Evangel, and Duron threw for 193 yards on 12 completions.
    Despite the loss, Smith said that his team had nothing to be ashamed of for this season.
    Page 2 of 2 - 'I can't be more proud of our coaches and our kids,' he said. 'We had a great year...it didn't end the way we wanted it to, but we had a lot to be proud of.'

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