LAFAYETTE, La. — A defending state champion, an LSU commit at quarterback, and senior night may have looked like the formula for a St. Thomas More win.
Good thing for Ruston High that football is played on the field and not on paper. And for the second week in a row, the Bearcats (4-1) took down a 2019 state champion, this time 51-27 over the Cougars (2-3).
“You really like to see that,” an elated head coach Jerrod Baugh said after the game. “You like to see us execute in all phases of the game. There will be things we can work on when we go to the film room tomorrow, but I thought we did an amazing job preparing for this game. It showed tonight, and it was great to see all of our fans in the stands for this one.”
Ruston’s defense spent the entire night stymying STM’s highly touted offense. It was clear from early on that the Cougar offense was struggling to get into any type of rhythm.
For the Bearcats, the offense showed no signs of slowing down whatsoever. While junior running Dyson Fields rushed for 250 more yards (a cumulative 1,134 yards on the year so far) with four touchdowns, it was a welcome-back party for senior full back Devian Wilson, who rushed for 84 yards and two touchdowns. Having Wilson back in the lineup also helped propel junior quarterback Jaden Osborne to 92 yards rushing and a touchdown, as well.
Ruston led 20-7 at the end of the first quarter, and then took a 34-14 lead into the halftime locker room. The Bearcats put together such a dominant performance that some of the younger players were able to get in for some meaningful snaps in the fourth quarter.
“It’s good for them to get out there,” Baugh said of his younger players. “I certainly wish they would have executed a little better at the end, but them getting experience will be invaluable for us in the future.”
Ruston begins district play Friday, Oct. 8, at 7 p.m. on the road against the Pineville Rebels.
PHOTO CREDIT: Reggie McLeroy
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