Bearcats headed to 2021 Battle on the Border

SHREVEPORT, La. — Due to the damage caused by Hurricane Ida this past week, the Rummel Raiders will not be making the Week 2 trip to Ruston to take on the Bearcats in a return game from the 2019 season.

On Wednesday morning, however, Bearcat head coach Jerrod Baugh received the news that the Bearcats will be headed to Shreveport’s Independence Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 11, at 3 p.m. to take on the Oxford (Miss.) Chargers.

“I was glad we were able to get a game for week two,” Baugh said. “We feel blessed about being in the Battle on the Border; it will be something exciting for our kids. We would have loved to have had a home game in Ruston since it’s been so long since we’ve been at our home stadium (James Field at Garrett Stadium). We could not wait to commit, and I felt like this was what we needed to do. My hope is things will get steady from here weather-wise so the season can finish as we planned.”

Oxford finished the 2020 season as the state runner-up in Mississippi after winning a state title in 2019 in 6A, Mississippi’s largest high school division.
 
“This is a really good football team to play,” Baugh said. “It will be a great experience for the kids next weekend.”
 
Ruston is coming off a 27-0 win over the Opelousas Tigers in the 2021 Bayou Jam this past Saturday. Junior Dyson Fields rushed for 151 yards and three total touchdowns.
 
Baugh added that Ruston’s thoughts and prayers are with the Rummel program and everyone affected by the hurricane.
 
“We are certainly praying for everyone down south and we are blessed to be able to continue to play,” Baugh said. “We feel for the teams unable to keep playing right now. We let Rummel know that if they need anything once they get back and ready that we will do what we can to help with equipment and anything else they need. I really hope our kids understand how fortunate they are that we were not affected the same way that our friends in South Louisiana were this past week.”
 
The Ruston-Oxford game will be broadcast on 99.3 FM. Kickoff is set for 3 p.m  with the pregame show set to start at 2 p.m.


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