RUSTON DOMINANT ON BOTH SIDES OF BALL TO SHUT OUT OPELOUSAS

Lincoln Parish Sports Services

MONROE, La. – On offense, it was the “Dyson Fields Show” at the 2021 Bayou Jamb for the Ruston Bearcats.

On the first offensive play of the second half, the junior tailback ran through four Opelousas defenders on his way to a 58-yard touchdown rush that summed up the entire night for Ruston’s ground game, capping his night totaling 151 yards rushing. The Bearcats would go on to beat the Tigers by a final score of 27-0, shutting out their opponent from South Louisiana.

“Overall, I was pleased with us as a team by how hard we played,” Ruston head coach Jerod Baugh said. “That was what I wanted to see. We executed our game plan and the things that we do best; that was what I was really pleased with.”

Fields scored on a pair of long touchdowns in the first half, both over twenty yards. Fields totaled 93 yards on the ground and 48 yards through the air for 141 first half yards.

“Dyson had some big runs; he really showed he can be a physical runner,” Baugh said. “He had some nice stiff arms and turned back into defenders and scored on some long runs. Our offensive line and fullbacks did good things by openings areas for him to get started. I was very pleased with him and what he was able to do.”

Fields put the Bearcats on the scoreboard first with a 29-yard touchdown run with 4:35 in the first half thanks in part to a stellar downfield block by senior wide receiver Dawson Willis, and he was able to get his second touchdown of the half thanks to a clean pass in the flat by junior quarterback Jaden Osborne from 26 yards out.

The second touchdown for Fields came on a 26-yard touchdown reception after a check-down pass to the flats that saw Fields score nearly untouched by the Tiger secondary. Osborne completed his second touchdown pass of the half to senior Dylan Rhone for eight yards near the one-minute mark of the first half.

Baugh added how pleased he was with the way the entire defense played in holding the Tigers scoreless for the night.

“Our defensive line competed well up front,” Baugh said. “Any week, that’s a big determiner on how the game will go. Early on, we felt pretty good about our guys and the pressure they could put on the Opelousas quarterback. Anytime you can get pressure on just the line without having to blitz is a good thing. We felt really comfortable with our guys up front getting pressure on the quarterback and kept him off-tempo to make some errant throws. I was pleased overall on the both sides of the ball on the well they competed.”

The Bayou Jamb is an exhibition game format and is split into two 12-minute halves.

Ruston opens the 2021 regular season Friday, Sept. 3, at 7 p.m. against the Neville Tigers. The game will be broadcast live on KXKZ 107.5 FM with the pregame coach’s show starting at 6 p.m.

NOTES: Osborne completed 3 of 4 passes for 56 yards and 2 touchdowns… Ruston totaled 178 yards rushing on 20 carries… Rhone caught 1 pass for 8 yards and a touchdown… Fields averaged 21.6 yards per carry… Senior kicker Brady Beason converted 3 of 4 extra point attempts… Seven Bearcat defenders tallied multiple tackles… Junior running back Lajaveon Ellis rushed 5 times for 26 yards.


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