PA vs. Rosepine

Port Allen quarterback Jeremiah Dehon throws a pass during a game earlier this season. The Pelicans travel to face Rosepine in the first round of the playoffs Friday.

What seemed almost impossible a few weeks ago became reality for the Port Allen Pelican football team.

Wins in the final two games got the job done for for Port Allen (3-7) to earn a spot in the Louisiana High School Athletic Association Class 2A non-select playoffs.

The No. 29-seeded Pelicans will head out on the road for a three-hour drive to Rosepine, a town of just under 1,400. The Vernon Parish town is on the Texas border located almost centrally between Lake Charles and Shreveport.

For what looks on paper like a sleepy town, Rosepine has made a lot of noise in Louisiana high school football..

Rosepine (10-0) enters the postseason fray as the No. 4 seed in the state and No. 4 in the most recent state Class 2A polls compiled by the Louisiana Sportswriters Association.

The District 4-2A champion Eagles have scored no less than 32 points per game during their regular season, which ended in a 46-8 rout over East Beauregard.

The Pelicans punched their playoff ticket after two consecutive wins -- an upset over Capitol and a Week 10 triumph over winless Church Academy.

Despite the two wins and the second consecutive year in the playoffs, the Pelicans must put the last two games behind them.

"I'm very proud of our players because they never gave up hope and they did everything they needed to do to get to the playoffs," Gibson said. "That being said,  we have to focus now on getting past a very tough Rosepine team and not just celebrate the fact that we made it to the playoffs -- we want to stick around for a few more weeks."

The Pelicans must overcome a high-speed ground attack that has gotten a lot of mileage this season on the Wing-T offense.

Second-year head coach Johnny Cryer has had plenty of reasons to smile this year, thanks to the efforts of senior quarterback Seth Ducote, senior running back Seth Shirley and senior lineman Scott Wisby and Wesley Willis.

"We're going to need to go out there and play the best game of the season," Gibson said. "I'm very proud of how far our players have come since the beginning of the season, and I want to see them continue on that course so we can say we did more than just make the playoffs."


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