Elton jumps ahead, holds on to down Rosepine 34-22
ELTON, La. – A battle of unbeaten teams unfolded at Cleve Beard Stadium but one of them left satisfied.
Elton held firm for a 34-22 win over Rosepine to head into district with a perfect record.
The Indians scored early in the fourth quarter on a 23-yard touchdown run by Darnell Robinson, extending the Elton lead to 28-14 lead after the failed two-point conversion.
The Eagles fumbled on the following kickoff and it was recovered by Elton junior Dylan Fontenot.
The Indians didn’t waste the opportunity and drove down the field, leading to a 14-yard touchdown pass from Lyons to Finnley, giving Elton a commanding 34-14 lead with 7:22 left in the game.
Rosepine refused to quit, pinning Elton inside their own five-yard line on a punt and forcing a safety to trim the Elton lead to 34-16 with five minutes left in the game.
Following the kickoff after the safety, Rosepine was able to get back on the scoreboard on a two-yard touchdown run by Seth Shirley.
Rosepine recovered the ensuing onside kick, looking to attempt the late comeback. The Eagles were able to drive all the way down to the Elton five-yard line but an Eagle fumble and recovery by the Indians ended the drive and Rosepine’s hopes for a comeback.
Elton (2-0) attempted consecutive kneels to preserve the victory.
The teams were locked in a defensive battle for most of the first quarter of play before Elton drove down the field and were able to score on a three-yard touchdown run by junior running back Darnell Robinson with 3:19 left in the first quarter. The PAT by senior Logan Lejeune gave the Indians the 7-0 lead heading into the second quarter.
Rosepine did not need long to answer with junior quarterback Seth Ducote punching it in on a 15-yard run. Senior Dylan Calloway put the PAT through the uprights to tie the game 7-7 with 11:49 left until halftime.
The second quarter remained tied until a Elton fake punt with 32 seconds left allowed senior quarterback Keshawn Lyons, who doubles as a 1st Team All-State punter, to scamper 58-yards for a touchdown. The Lejeune PAT put the Indians up 14-7 at halftime.
Rosepine (2-1) capitalized on an interception and Seth Ducote found his way into the end-zone again with 4:06 left in the third quarter on a three-yard touchdown run. Another successful PAT by Calloway tied the ball game up at 14-14.
Lyons put his feet to work again on a 62-yard run for an Elton touchdown. Lyons then connected with senior receiver Derrick Finnley for the two-point conversion to put the Indians up 22-14 after three quarters of play.
Rosepine had 214 total yards on 56 offensive plays while Elton had 389 total yards on 53 plays.
Elton had 10 penalties for 77 yards while Rosepine had only two penalties for only ten yards.
Rosepine’s 214 total yards came with only two completed passes for 16 yards.
Elton quarterback Keshawn Lyons ran and passed for over 100 yards while tallying three total touchdowns.
With the win over Rosepine, this year marks the first time Elton has gone into district play undefeated since their district championship season in 2011.
Through three weeks, Rosepine (2-1) has already doubled the amount of wins they had in the previous three seasons (1-31).
Seth Shirley (30 carries, 138 yards, 1 TD)
Seth Ducote (10 carries, 26 yards, 2 TD)
Keshawn Lyons (12/21, 276 total yards, 3 total TD, 1 INT)
Darnell Robinson (13 carries, 96 yards, 2 TD)
THEY SAID IT
Elton head coach Doyle Carter
“I knew going in it would be a physical game because they are bigger than us and have more depth than us. Coach Cryer had a good game plan. He knew we had a lot of two-way players and he ran a lot of hurry-up offense tonight and it tired us out quickly. We were fortunate to make some big plays and get ahead and make them play from behind. District starts next week so we have to get healthy. We had seven players hurt for this game plus another leave with injury at halftime. Being 2-0 is nice but with district starting we are all 0-0 now.”
Rosepine head coach Johnny Cryer
“We had too many turnovers in the second half but our kids played well. The program has come a long way from the last three years and things are very promising. I’d like to be 3-0 but if there’s such thing as a good loss this is it because there is no reason Elton shouldn’t go undefeated this year. This was a good measuring stick, we found out we could play with teams that had some speed.”
Elton senior linebacker Jeremy Leonard
“Overall it was a great game. We were able to get ahead of them early in the second half. We made some mistakes with turnovers and penalties late but were able to pull it together and hold on for the win. We are 2-0 now, which is nice, but that doesn’t matter anymore because we are 0-0 in district now just like everybody else.”
Elton (2-0) will start district play and will head on the road to face Grand Lake (1-1).
With their three-game tour of District 4-1A concluded, Rosepine (2-1) will head out on the road to take on Lakeside (3-0).
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