Merryville 22, Hamilton Christian 20
Merryville picked up its third win in a row with a late touchdown from fullback Kaileb Flanigan and a two-point conversion from John Hooper to knock off Hamilton Christian 22-20.
"We've found our identity," Merryville head coach Randy Jones said. "We're real physical. I like that we're tackling hard and running hard. I think the kids are finally catching on to what we're trying to do."
Flanigan had 11 carries for 62 yards and two touchdowns, and Hooper had 8 rushes for 69 and a touchdown.
"I felt terrible for (Flanigan) because he fumbled twice, which is uncharacteristic of him," Jones said. "One was in the endzone late in the game, and luckily, we were able to get the ball back and give it back to him on the goal line. He brings that 3 or 4-yard threat that is really hard to stop."
Merryville (4-4, 3-3) ran for 258 yards, including 120 yards from Desmond McCain.
"I told (McCain) last night that he was selfless," Jones said. "He's a team player and it doesn't bother him that he doesn't score. Other guys are doing it and he's congratulating them and give them high fives. He's the workhorse, and people key on him. By him getting what he gets, it opens up avenues for other guys."
After a scoreless first quarter, Hamilton (2-5, 2-3) took a 21-14 into the break, but went scoreless in the second half to let the Panthers take the lead.
Rosepine 15, Oakdale 14
After giving up 14 points in the second quarter, Rosepine had shut out Oakdale the entire second half, and after scoring a touchdown late in the fourth quarter, Eagles head coach Johnny Cryer knew he wanted to go for the win.
Rosepine fullback Dalton McCallon answered the call, punching in the two-point conversion to give the Eagles the lead and the win.
"I challenged them at halftime," Cryer said. "We didn't play well in the first half, offensively or defensively. We came out in the second half and the kids responded. We were able to move the ball late and scored. We went for two with about a minute left and made it. I was proud of the way the kids fought the entire game.
"I was going for the win. I wasn't going for the tie or the loss. We ran the same play we ran for the first touchdown where he beat the kid to the corner."
The win for Rosepine (7-1, 4-0) sets up the Eagles to win the district if they can win one of their next two games.
"That was a good game for us last night because we were down and were able to come back and win," Cryer said. "I think we're growing as the season goes longer. Right now, we're 7-1 and we're the only undefeated team in the district. The next week and the week after are going to be a good test for us too."
The win comes for the Eagles despite being outgained in rushing yards and their leading rusher, Seth Shirley, being held to 57 yards on 20 carries.
"They were keying in on (Shirley) and they whipped us up front," Cryer said. "We had to throw the ball more than we usually do. We dropped two touchdown passes throughout the game. (Quarterback Seth) Ducote threw the ball well. We just dropped the ball. We were able to run the ball when we needed to. We just weren't as effective as the last five weeks."
McCallon scored the game’s first points with a touchdown in the first quarter, before Oakdale (2-6, 1-2) scored two touchdowns in the second quarter.
McCallon had 7 carries for 33 yards to go along with the touchdown and two-point conversion.
Rosepine quarterback Seth Ducote ran in the late touchdown to set up McCallon's two-point run.
Ducote was 5-for-10 through the air for 67 yards and ran 10 times for 23 yards.
East Beauregard 28, Pickering 0
East Beauregard made the most of its time on offense, scoring touchdowns on four of its seven possessions to defeat Pickering, 28-0.
Zach Doucet led East Beauregard with 10 carries for 122 yards, including a 72-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.
As a team, the Trojans (3-4, 3-1) ran for 327 yards on 46 carries in the win with Brycelyn Murphy picking up 71 yards on eight carries, Devin Perkins recording 75 yards on six carries and Konner Seal racking up 57 yards on 11 carries.
The Pickering offense was forced to punt on five of its six possessions with a missed field goal on its second drive.
The Red Devils (0-8, 0-4) had 51 yards of total offense with Mikey Hood picking up 19 yards on six carries.
The Trojans went up 14-0 at the half and scored a touchdown in the third and fourth quarter for the final score.
Washington-Marion 46, South Beauregard 0
South Beauregard gave up three touchdowns in the first quarter en route to a 46-0 loss to Washington-Marion.
The Golden Knights (0-7, 0-4) remain winless on the season with a game at home against Jennings and a matchup on the road against Westlake to round out the season.
Washington-Marion (4-4, 3-1) scored 12 points in the second quarter and a touchdown in the third and fourth quarter to round out its win.
Carrington McClinton had five touchdowns for the Charging Indians, including three in the first quarter.