Rosepine stonewalls Kentwood in shutout victory
Published 9:15 am Saturday, November 13, 2021
By Will Norris
ROSEPINE — Earlier in the week, someone put No. 8 Rosepine on upset alert.
Ethan Frey and Grant Ducote combined for over 300 rushing yards and five touchdowns to lead the Eagles to a 35-0 victory over the No. 25 Kentwood Kangaroos at McKee-McCain Stadium on Friday.
“We’ve been doing this all season,” Frey said after the contest. “It feels great to keep proving people wrong.”
The Eagles (10-1) will play host to the No. 9 Red River Bulldogs at home next week. Red River knocked off Rayville in the first round of the Class 2A playoffs on Friday, 48-14.
After a scoreless first period, Rosepine needed just a shade over two minutes to find the endzone for the first time against Kentwood. Frey scored on a 5-yard TD run with 9:53 to go in the first half for a 7-0 lead.
Four minutes later, Frey used his legs to score again, this time scooting 33 yards for the touchdown and a 14-0 advantage.
Frey, the LSU baseball commit, added a 1-yard TD plunge a little later for his third score of the second period, while Ducote reached paydirt on a 4-yarder as Rosepine built a 28-0 lead as they headed into the locker room.
“We told Ethan and Grant that we were going to run the ball a little more tonight than we have the past few weeks,” Rosepine head coach Brad Ducote said. “And they accepted the challenge and did a fantastic job.”
After a scoreless third, Grant Ducote put the final nail in the coffin as he scored on a 17-yard TD scamper to account for the final score, 35-0.
Ducote carried the ball a season-high 27 times for 249 yards and two touchdowns, while Frey added 84 yards and three touchdowns on 11 carries. Frey also completed four passes apiece to Cole Donahue, Jake Smith and Isaiah Stinson.
Defensively, the Eagles shut down the Kangaroo offense, limiting them to just 122 yards. Michael Woods led Rosepine with four tackles, including one for a loss, while Aiden Klein added an interception.
Photo courtesy of SUSAN SHIRLE?y
Rosepine senior quarterback Ethan Frey (4) splits a few defenders en route to some positive yardage in the Eagles’ 35-0 win over Kentwood on Friday night in the first round of the Class 2A playoffs.