The Pickering vs Rosepine rivalry heats up: High School Game of the Week Preview

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PICKERING, La. (KALB) - Rosepine and Pickering is a high school rivalry that started more than 30 years ago. Despite its longevity, the game still hasn’t lost its edge. Two teams battling for the top spot in Vernon Parish.

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“It’s Rosepine and Pickering, it’s been a rivalry since I was in high school,” Brad Ducote, Rosepine’s head football coach said. “I graduated in 89, so that’s been a while, [about] 30 years [ago].”

Despite 30 years passing by, the rivalry still has the same fire.

“We love to play this team,” Bryce McManus, Pickering’s linebacker and center said. “Every year, it’s our favorite game of the year.”

“We have to play well, it’s our rivalry,” Josh Cummings, Rosepine’s wide receiver said.

Both teams come into Friday night’s game with identical records, holding three wins apiece and with playoff seedings on the line, each game becomes more crucial.

“They are playing really well, they are starting to hit their stride,” Ryan Russo, Pickering’s head football coach said. “So, we are going to have to play well to beat them.”

Rosepine comes into Friday on a hot streak, after winning a shootout over Vinton High with a final score of 52-50.

While on the other sideline, Pickering looks to regain lost territory after losing 3 straight.

“A big game is like any other game,” Russo said. “It's going to come down to turnovers. Who's tackling well, taking care of the ball, and executing their assignments.”

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