Bearcats head to Independence Stadium to take on Chargers

SHREVEPORT, La. – Ruston High School head coach Jerrod Baugh is committed to playing anyone, anytime, and anywhere.

So it should come as no surprise that Baugh and the Bearcat football program (0-1) were more than willing to fill in at the Battle on the Border on Saturday, Sept. 11, at 3 p.m. to take on the Oxford High School Chargers out of Mississippi. Oxford is rated as the No. 2 team in Mississippi’s 6-A division and regarded as a top tier program in the Magnolia State. Ruston is filling in for John Curtis Christian School as the football program is still recovering from the aftermath of Hurricane Ida.

“The kids are really excited about getting to play a team from out of state,” Baugh said. “You want to see how you match up with a team from out of your area.”

Ruston is coming off of a tough season opening loss to the Neville Tigers at Bill Ruple Stadium in Monroe, La. Despite having a 17-7 lead entering the fourth quarter, Neville was able to score two touchdowns in the final stanza that proved to be too much for Ruston to overcome in the final few minutes of the ball game and ended with a 27-24 loss.

“We were pleased with where we were in the first half,” Baugh said about the Neville game. “There were some miscues that we wished would could have taken care of in hindsight in the kicking game. We missed a couple of opportunities to stretch the lead out before halftime.”

Saturday’s game will be broadcast live on KPCH 99.3 FM. Kick off is at 3 p.m. with the pregame show scheduled to begin at 2 p.m.

BEARCAT NOTES: Dyson Fields carried the football 39 times for 192 yards and 2 touchdowns… Junior Jaden Osborne was 10-16 on the night for 148 yards… D’Angelo Harper led defense with 7 tackles… Ruston sacked the quarterback three times on the nights… Ruston controlled time of possession 32:30 to 15:30 for the night… Ruston was originally scheduled to play Archbishop Rummel in Ruston at James Field at Garrett Stadium for the first time in nearly two years.

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