(Michelle Higginbotham / Special to the American Press)
Last Modified: Tuesday, November 13, 2012 8:27 PM
Basile is finally seeing someone new after sweeping a pair of games against Elton.
The No. 13 seed Bearcats (10-1) will make a trip north Friday to play No. 29 Plain Dealing (8-3) in the regional round of the high school football playoffs.
Plain Dealing upset fourth-seed Mangham in the bi-district round.
Oberlin and Rosepine will be headed north as well, with each set to take on a traditional power. No. 15 Oberlin (8-3) will play at 15-time state champion and No. 2 seed Haynesville (8-2) in another Class 1A regional game, while No. 15 Rosepine (8-3) will go to Shreveport to play 13-time champion and No. 2 seed Evangel Christian (9-2) in Class 2A.
Basile head coach Tony Bertrand said he is happy to be preparing for someone besides Elton.
“We got awfully familiar with them the past few weeks, and am obviously happy to be playing at all at this point in this season,” Bertrand said. “We had not won a playoff game since 2004. It is just an awesome atmosphere around the school and with the kids.”
Bertrand said Plain Dealing is better than its seeding indicates.
“They are athletic, appear to be real quick and they have a real big receiver who can go up and get the ball,” he said. “I don’t know how they got such a low seed. They’re not a normal 29 seed, that is for sure. They tend to want to run the ball, but they can throw it, too.”
Bertrand said his team is peaking.
“We had a little lull in the middle of district where we were turning the ball over too much, but we are playing much better now,” he said. “We are playing with a lot of intensity and excitement.”
The Rosepine-Evangel game will present a clash of styles, with Rosepine preferring to keep things on the ground with its option game, while Evangel is renowned for its air attack.
Rosepine will be big underdogs, but head coach Danny Smith said his team will not be intimidated.
“We have a good attitude. I told the kids they earned the right to be here by the work they have done,” he said.
“We will be loose, have fun and do our best. Someone has to be there, and it just so happens to be us. We are emphasizing lining up right, getting our reads right and then reacting. The kids are loose; we have had two good days of practice. We are going to play hard and that is all you can ask. We know we have a tough task, but we won’t have a defeatist attitude. We won’t look at the scoreboard, we will try to play good football through the game.”