Quarterback Ethan Frey leads Rosepine football to its first state quarterfinal appearance

LaMar Gafford
Alexandria Town Talk

ROSEPINE – In May, Rosepine made history by winning its first baseball state championship.

Friday, the Eagles made history by reaching the quarterfinals in the state football playoffs for the first time.

After senior quarterback Ethan Frey scored his fifth rushing touchdown, Frey added a two-point conversion to give Rosepine (11-1) a monumental 43-42 win over Red River (8-4) in the Class 2A regionals.

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“I couldn’t be more proud of a group of guys,” Eagles coach Brad Ducote said. “It’s a shame Red River had to lose that game. It’s a shame anybody had to lose that game. I couldn’t imagine losing that game with this group of guys. They deserve to make history and they did.”

Since going 1-30 from 2014-16, Rosepine had made it to the second round in three of the last four years. However, it could not get past the hump beginning with a loss to the Bulldogs in 2017 to cap its first 10-win season.

After losing to Loreauville in the regionals last year, the Eagles came into this season with motivation that was reignited by winning the Class 2A baseball title against Doyle.

Rosepine’s lone loss this season came in Week 5 to Logansport, where Frey missed that game for a baseball showcase, but it was a different team this year – one that was focused and senior-laden.

That is also a reason why it never wavered after surrendering a 21-0 halftime lead and why Frey matched production with Red River senior quarterback and Navy commitment Zintavious “Tre” Smith.

“We put in all the work that we did on the baseball field and did the same thing out here,” Frey said. “It shows that we’re not going to give up easy and I think people were doubting us and not giving us credit as good as we are. That doesn’t matter to us, we’ve proved that two weeks in a row.”

Frey also continues to show that he can be counted on when it matters most.

“A lot was going through on my mind, but I want to be that person that gets put in that situation,” Frey said. “I’m glad, but I couldn’t have done it without my boys around me, that’s for sure.”

In May, Frey pitched a complete game and struck out 12 against Doyle. On Friday, he accounted for 273 yards and five touchdowns.

“He put us on our back and made great things happen,” Ducote said. “Super, super job by Ethan Frey.”