Early scoring barrage leads Many over Rosepine  

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There’s an old saying in football that you can’t win a game in the first quarter but you can lose one in the first quarter.

Friday night, Many proved that wrong, scoring 30 unanswered points in the first 4 minutes and 29 seconds of the first quarter that basically decided the outcome of a Class 2A quarterfinal with visiting Rosepine.

The defending state champions (12-1) cruised home for a 50-12 victory over the Eagles, posting their eighth quarterfinal win in the last nine seasons.

The Tigers move on to the semifinal round next week in Many at John W. Curtis Stadium at 7:00. Many will face district rival Avoyelles, coming off a 46-28 victory at North Caddo and making its first semifinal appearance.

Rosepine made the 51-mile drive up U.S. 171 riding the crest of a double overtime 43-42 victory last Friday over Red River. The idea that the Eagles would extend  momentum of that thrilling win into their matchup with Many was blown up in slightly more time than it took for the pregame fireworks show.

Jeremiah James got the onslaught started with a quick 47-yard sprint up the middle for the first Tiger touchdown. The Tigers covered 63 yards in three plays that only took 1 minute and 37 seconds off the clock.

A quick Rosepine three-and-out was followed by a bad snap on the punt attempt. Tylen Singleton recovered at  the 5-yard line. Two plays later James scored from the 2 and with Tackett Curtis’s two-point conversion the score was 14-0 with 9:26 left in the first.

Rosepine’s next possession also ended rather quickly, as Jayvion Smart stepped in front of an intended receiver and returned the interception 31 yards for another Many score just 53 seconds later. London Williams added the two-pointer for a 22-0 lead.

On their first play from scrimmage on the ensuing possession, the Eagles fumbled an option pitch and Curtis recovered it. The Tigers scored on the very next play on a Curtis pass to Jack Deville over the middle that covered 23 yards. Williams added the conversion to make the score 30-0 with 7:31 left in the first quarter.

Some fans were just arriving as Many already had 30 points.

Rosepine finally answered on the next possession, a six-play drive covering 57 yards, the last 33 coming on an Ethan Frey pass to Braden Trull down the sideline. The extra point kick was blocked by Swayze Carheel, leaving the margin at 30-6.

Rosepine kept fighting, and shortly before halftime covered 40 yards on seven plays, the last 11 yards coming on a Frey pass to Isaiah Stinson. The conversion failed, but the lead was trimmed to 30-12 with 2:21 left in the half.

The Tigers were not content going into halftime with an 18-point lead. After the kickoff, Many worked its way 65 yards in less than two minutes. The six-play drive, all runs, ended with a Williams 20-yard touchdown run. The conversion was missed, but the Tigers led 36-12 with 28 seconds to go in the half.

On Rosepine’s second play of the third quarter, Smart picked off another Frey pass — Smart’s second of the night and fifth in the last two games. Williams ended the Tigers’ eight-play drive with a 4-yard touchdown run. James added the conversion to push the spread to 44-12 with 7:42 left in the third quarter.

The next Rosepine possession featured arguably the best players from both teams in a collision that could be heard all around the stadium. Curtis and Frey met on a run up the middle that ended with Curtis making a spectacular hit on Frey.

Rosepine turned the ball over on downs after running 10 plays on that drive.

Many’s last touchdown came at the 7:42 mark of the fourth quarter, on a James 5-yard run.

The Tigers ran 53 plays for 314 yards, 253 yards rushing and 61 passing. The Tigers amassed 16 first downs. The referees flagged the Tigers eight times for 88 yards.

Rosepine’s 56 plays netted 173 yards, 155 passing and 18 rushing. The Eagles gained 12 first downs and were flagged six times for 45 yards.

Rosepine’s first trip ever to the quarterfinals ended with a loss to the top-seeded Tigers but the Eagles showed a lot of grit and determination, led by a great player in Frey. Their season ended with an 11-2 record and nothing to hang their heads about.

For Many, it’s business as usual, with another semifinal berth, although this time, it’s a rematch of a down-to-the-wire 34-30 win over Avoyelles last month in Many.

The bickering back and forth from friends and opposing head coaches Andy Boone and Jess Curtis will surely highlight the week leading up to the game. On the line will be a trip to the Superdome, with Many attempting to go back to back with state championships in Class 2A.  The teams in the other semifinal game will be Jonesboro-Hodge and Amite.

Scoring Summary

First Quarter:

10:23 M – Jeremiah James 47-yard run, conversion failed, 6-0

9:26 M – James 2-yard run, two-point conversion by Tackett Curtis, 14-0

8:33 M – Jayvion Smart 31-yard interception return, two-point conversion by London Williams, 22-0

7:39 M – Curtis 23-yard pass to Jack Deville, two-point conversion by Williams, 30-0

5:14 R – Ethan Frey 33-yard pass to Braden Trull, conversion failed, 30-6

Second Quarter:

2:21 R – Frey 11-yard pass to Isaiah Stinson, conversion failed, 30-12

0:28 M – Williams 20-yard run, conversion failed, 36-12

Third Quarter:

7:42 M – Williams 4-yard run, James two-point conversion,44-12

Fourth Quarter:

7:42 M = James 5-yard run, conversion failed, 50-12

Individual Stats

Passing: M – Curtis 3-7, 61 yards, 1 TD

         R – Frey 7-21, 155 yards, 2 TDs, 2 INTs

Rushing: M – Williams 20-121, 2 TD’s; James 13-107, 3 TD’s; Curtis 3-12,

McLendon 3-11, Maxie 1-1, Aldredge 1-1

          R – 28-18

Receiving M – Deville 2-40, 1 TD, Leach 1-21

          R – 7-155, 2 TD’s

Tackles M – Singleton 4 unassisted, Curtis and Montgomery 6 total, Matkin 5 total, Carheel 4   


Sabine Parish Basketball Scores and Power Rankings

Check out this week’s basketball scores in Sabine Parish along with the Power Rankings! 

Monday November 22

GIRLS

Florien Lady Blackcats 64 (11-1)
Converse Lady Wildcats 40 (1-6)

Zwolle Lady Hawks 59 (6-3)
Ebarb Lady Rebels 31 (3-6)

BOYS

Converse Wildcats 51 (3-5)
Florien Blackcats 49 (5-7)

Zwolle Hawks 83 (7-3)
Ebarb Rebels 48 (4-6)

Ringgold Redskins 53 (2-2)
Pleasant Hill Eagles 51 (5-3)

Tuesday November 23

GIRLS

Ebarb Lady Rebels 55 (4-6)
Many Lady Tigers 29 (1-1)

Negreet Lady Indians 51 (6-6)
Pleasant Hill Lady Eagles 33 (1-6)

BOYS

Pleasant Hill Eagles 49 (6-3)
Negreet Indians 45 (3-9)


Christmas Toy Drive

MANY, La – The Town of Many will have a Toy Drive for the holiday season. To be able to donate toys to children in need, citizens of Many may drop toys off at Foy Motors or to Crystal Hable at Lafitte’s Home Furnishings.

Everyone is asked to have toys either in bags or boxed prior to being dropped at donation spots. 

Check back with the Sabine Parish Journal all month for more holiday events and schedules. 


Natchitoches Christmas Festival: TICKET SCAM ALERT

Buying tickets from individuals for any Natchitoches Christmas Festival of Lights event puts you at risk of being deceived by online scammers.

BUY FROM PRIVATE INDIVIDUALS AT YOUR OWN RISK!

Anyone that wants a ticket to the Festival can get one on our official website or at a Festival ticket booth. Tickets to events such as “Cookies With Santa” are LIMITED and ONLY available on our website.

The Nov. 27 “Cookies With Santa” event is SOLD OUT! The next “Cookies With Santa” event is Dec. 11.

Please take this precaution to avoid Festival ticket scammers. Only official Natchitoches Christmas Festival of Lights tickets will be honored.

PRICE
Armbands are $10. Children 6 and under are free and do not require an armband. Anyone who wants a ticket should be able to purchase one.

WHERE TO BUY
Visitors can purchase tickets (armbands) online ahead of their chosen Festival event date, or purchase tickets (armbands) when they arrive.

Tickets (armbands) are only valid for the selected date purchased at checkout online, or at a Ticket Booth on the date of the Festival selected by the attendee.

The Festival will have multiple, visible Ticket Booths available near the Festival area (Front Street / Riverfront).

The 95th Natchitoches Christmas Festival of Lights is not under the same restrictions as last season, so there will be plenty of armbands (tickets) for anyone that wants to attend.

Festival tickets (armbands) can be purchased at the ticket booths with cash or credit cards. Card purchases can be made using visitors’ smartphones. There will be special Scan Codes available and visible at the ticket booths for a smartphone user to make their ticket (armband purchases).

BUYING TICKETS ONLINE
All who have purchased tickets (armbands) ahead of time online will need to visit a Festival Ticket Booth and present proof-of-purchase (printed or on their device) to retrieve their armbands before entry to the Festival area.

BUYING TICKETS AT THE FESTIVAL
Visitors that would like to purchase their tickets (armbands) when they arrive will need to visit a Festival Ticket Booth to make their purchase before entry to the Festival area.

NOTE: Ticket Booths open at 1pm on Ticketed Event Dates. Visitors can enjoy the Riverfront area before that time, but will require a ticket (armband) to remain in the area once Ticket Booths open.

CASH, CARDS, & SMARTPHONES
Festival tickets (armbands) can be purchased at the ticket booths with cash or credit cards. Card purchases can be made using visitors’ smartphones. There will be special Scan Codes available and visible at the ticket booths for smartphone users to make their ticket (armband purchases).

CONVENIENCE
Buying tickets online ahead of time is more convenient and will save visitors time when acquiring tickets (armbands) at the ticket booths when they arrive.

HAVE YOUR RECEIPT WITH YOU
Whether purchasing online or at the Festival ticket booths when they arrive, it is important for all visitors to retain copies (digital or physical) of their purchases on their person to eliminate any errors or confusion.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
You can find a full schedule of events here — https://www.natchitocheschristmas.com/schedule


Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame Presents: “Water/Ways” Exhibition Opening Reception

The Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum, in cooperation with Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, will examine water as an environmental necessity and an important cultural element as it hosts “Water/Ways,” a traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street (MoMS) program. “Water/Ways” will be on view December 4 through January 15, 2021.

The exhibition opens with a free reception on Friday, Dec. 3 from 5-7 pm. Light refreshments will be served and Dr. Shane Rasmussen, Northwestern State University Professor of English and Director of the Louisiana Folklife Center, will be on hand to take oral histories from people on how water affects and enhances their lives as part of the Smithsonian project “Stories from Main Street”.

State regulations regarding masks and physical distancing will be followed.

Please visit our website or call (318) 357-2492 for more information.

Free and open to the public.

This Smithsonian Institution Museum on Main Street (MoMS) Water/Ways tour is part of the BHP-funded project, Coastal Impacts: An Integrated Approach for Community Adaptation, Understanding, and Planning, which assists local communities to build intergenerational coastal literacy through community conversations around books, film, and exhibitions, fostering greater understanding of and support for coastal restoration projects.


American Legion Auxiliary to operate Food Post during Christmas Festival to benefit local Veterans

The Gordon Peters Post, Unit 10, of the American Legion Auxiliary in Natchitoches encourages you to visit our Post located at the corner of Fourth and Saint Denis Streets (the old Tin House location) for gumbo, chili, hot dogs, drinks, etc. for sale at reasonable prices. Our Post will be open for food sales on Saturday, Dec. 4, Christmas Festival Day, from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Parking is available on both dates at reasonable rates as well.

All proceeds will benefit our local Veterans.


CDC Statement on B.1.1.529 (Omicron variant)

The World Health Organization (WHO) classified a new variant on Nov. 26, B.1.1.529, as a Variant of Concern and named it Omicron. No cases of this variant have been identified in the U.S. to date. CDC is following the details of this new variant, first reported to the WHO by South Africa. We are grateful to the South African government and its scientists who have openly communicated with the global scientific community and continue to share information about this variant with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and CDC. We are working with other U.S. and global public health and industry partners to learn more about this variant, as we continue to monitor its path.

CDC is continuously monitoring variants and the U.S. variant surveillance system has reliably detected new variants in this country. We expect Omicron to be identified quickly, if it emerges in the U.S.

We know what it takes to prevent the spread of COVID-19. CDC recommends people follow prevention strategies such as wearing a mask in public indoor settings in areas of substantial or high community transmission, washing your hands frequently, and physically distancing yourself from others. CDC also recommends that everyone 5 years and older protect themselves from COVID-19 by getting fully vaccinated. CDC encourages a COVID-19 vaccine booster dose for those who are eligible.

Travelers to the U.S. should continue to follow CDC recommendations for traveling.

CDC will provide updates as more information becomes available.


Many welcomes Rosepine to the Jungle Friday night in state quarterfinal battle

This week’s pre-game coverage is sponsored by The Converse Coffee Cafe! This cozy local eatery has everything you need to fill your belly and warm your soul. With an atmosphere that’s friendly with just the right amount of relaxing, The Converse Coffee Cafe is the perfect stop to start your day off right. For a unique flavor-filled breakfast, you’ll definitely want to try the brisket breakfast burrito. For a more traditional flavor, grab a kolache, or three!, and chase it down with a hot vanilla latte. Whatever you choose, you’re sure to come back once you get the full Converse Coffee Cafe experience! 

Around the town of Many, Thanksgiving features three things: turkey, dressing, and state playoff quarterfinal football games.

It has become an annual tradition for the Many High School Tigers to have their walk-through practice Thanksgiving night under the lights before the game the next evening.

The No. 1-ranked Tigers, the defending state Class 2A champions, are set to host the eighth-seeded Rosepine Eagles Friday night at 7 at John W. Curtis Stadium.

This will be the Eagles’ first visit to the quarterfinals. Both teams come into the contest with 11-1 records.

The Eagles were double overtime winners in their second round game, 43-42 over visiting Red River. Rosepine quarterback Ethan Frey dominated the game scoring five  touchdowns and the do-or-die two-point conversion to seal the deal.

The 6-foot-4, 225-pounder is committed to play baseball at LSU. Frey rushed for 162 yards and accounted for 116 more on 13 of 18 passing. Grant Ducote added 68 yards on 19 carries, while Isaiah Stinson had eight catches for 67 yards.

The Eagles play hard, smart, and are well coached by Brad Ducote. A lot of the team was on the 2A state champion baseball team last spring.

Many smothered East Feliciana in the second round 51-22 on the road last Friday. In a game that was close throughout the first three quarters, the Tigers dominated the final seven minutes to pull away.

The Tigers are led on offense by running backs London Williams and Jeremiah James. Williams had 167 yards while James accounted for 161 last week. Both running backs scored three touchdowns.

The entire offensive line has had a great season leading the charge.

The Tiger defense will be led by Tackett Curtis, Keaton Montgomery, Swayze Carheel, and a host of others. Jayvion Smart had a three-interception game last week including a touchdown on one return to ignite the fourth-quarter surge by Many.

That made Smart an easy pick for the Foy Motors’ Game Ball winner. Tylen Singleton won the Tigers’ Sledgehammer Award and Cole Pickett earned the Hard Hat Award for their performances in the win at East Feliciana.

This one looks to be quite a battle in the making, pitting an upstart that’s very excited to be in the third round against a playoff stalwart that prides itself on getting to this point every season.

With a victory, Many would host a semifinal game next week against the winner of Avoyelles at North Caddo.

Cool weather, tailgating, and a fireworks show, followed by an intense high school football game — where else would anyone want to be? Two schools, 51 miles apart, fighting for a spot in the state semifinals and a chance at a state championship.

Get there early as the stands should fill up, and don’t miss the show Friday night in the Jungle at Many.

Town of Many to Host Town Hall Event Monday

MANY, La – Many will hold a Town Hall event on Monday to welcome Congressman Mike Johnson. This event will provide an opportunity for people of Sabine Parish to hear the Congressman speak as well as have the chance to ask some questions. 

Mayor of Many, Robert Hable, has been vocal on social media encouraging everyone to show up for a great turnout for Congressman Johnson. “Please make plans to come hear your Congressman Mike Johnson on Monday November the 29th! The Town of Many is excited that Congressman Johnson has chosen our Town to hold this Town Hall Meeting! See you all Monday!”

The Town Hall will be held on Monday, November 29th from 1:30 to 2:30 PM at the CDC Conference Center located at 470 Church Street in Many.