Ruston hosts defending 4A State Champion Carencro

The Ruston Bearcats (2-1) will continue non-district play Friday, Sept. 24, at 7 p.m. at home against the defending Class 4A state champions Carencro Bears (1-2).

Ruston dominated the Airline Vikings last week for homecoming by a final score of 50-0. The Bearcats were in complete control for the entire night.

“I think our kids came out ready to play,” Bearcat head coach Jerrod Baugh said. “I thought we executed well from the time the ball was kicked off until the final horn. That’s really nice to see. I really commended our second and third groups.”

Junior running back Dyson Fields finished the night with another high yardage game with 236 yards rushing and four touchdowns. Junior quarterback Jaden Osborne completed 4-for-6 passing for 50 yards and a 19-yard touchdown pass to senior wide receiver Dawson Willis.

Baugh was very pleased with how his team stayed focused during the homecoming festivities last week.

“A lot of things were going on that could have been a distraction, and we had a lot of reasons to not play well with it being homecoming and having the 1990 (national championship) team getting recognized,” Baugh said. “And the weather was a factor, but our guys stayed focused and did really well.”

Carencro is coming off of a 31-28 loss to Lafayette. Last year’s Bears’ team finished 13-1 on the season and won the state championship.

“(Carencro) has a really good program,” Baugh said. “It’s an opportunity to play a really good football team. We get to see how well we play football. They will run it at you over and over again, and we’ll have to dig in and get after it.”

The game will kick off at James Field at Garrett Stadium at 7 p.m. and will be broadcast on KXKZ 107.5 FM. The pregame show will start at 6 p.m.

Photo credit: Reggie McLeroy

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