Ruston hosts Airline for 2021 Homecoming

Ruston High’s homecoming will be even more meaningful for the Bearcats this year.

After playing an entire year at Grambling State University in Eddie G. Robinson Stadium, Ruston (1-1) will finally return to James Field at Garrett Stadium Friday, Sept. 17, at 7 p.m. against the Airline Vikings (0-2). Not to mention the 1990 National Champion Bearcat Football team will be honored, as well.

Ruston head coach Jerrod Baugh understands the gravity of the circumstances for his program and the community at large to finally be back at their home field.

“Our people and our kids really missing playing at home,” Baugh said. “We are looking forward to that opportunity this week. It’s homecoming night, so hopefully we’ll have a big crowd to come watch the Bearcats play. We’re looking forward to seeing (the national championship team) come back and be honored at halftime.”

Airline comes to Ruston winless on the season, while the Bearcats put up terrific win in the 2021 Battle on the Border in Independence Stadium in Shreveport, La., over the Oxford Chargers by a final score of 28-14.

“We expected a physical game,” Baugh said. “We had a good game plan our coaches put together. Our kids were very sore after the ball game. The games that we play throughout the year schedule-wise are always teams like this, and our kids know what to do day by to prepare to play teams like these. The kids really enjoyed the experience there.”

Ruston’s non-district slate will continue next week at home, as well, against the Carencro Bears out of Lafayette, La.

Ruston vs. Airline can be heard on KXKZ 107.5 FM. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. with the coach’s pregame show starting at 6 p.m.

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