Ruston takes winning streak to West Ouachita

WHAT: Ruston at West Ouachita

WHERE: Cadeville, La.

WHEN: Thursday, Oct. 28, 7 p.m.

HOW: KXKZ 107.5 FM (Pregame starts at 6 p.m.)

CADEVILLE, La. — Ranked No. 7 by the LSWA and sitting at No. 3 in the power rankings, the red hot Ruston Bearcats (7-1; 3-0 District) will play a rare Thursday night district matchup against the West Ouachita Chiefs (2-6; 0-3 District) at Red Simms Stadium on campus.

Ruston is in control of its own destiny for its first District 2-5A title in football in nearly three decades with two regular season games left after winning seven games in a row. The Bearcats may also creep a little higher in the power rankings if they can win these next two games.

“This team has a new coach, and their kids are settling into a new offense and defense,” Ruston head coach Jerrod Baugh said. “In my experience, you’re going to have some tough games and then games where everyone comes out and executes well, and that’s due to the fact that it’s a brand new system. Our district is one of the toughest in 5A, and they’re having to deal with that while installing new things and getting used to new coaches.”

Baugh talked more extensively about the need for the Bearcats to stay focused on this ballgame.

“They continue to play hard and that’s what I told our kids to watch for,” Baugh said. “That’s a testament to (Coach Rainwater) and his coaching staff. You can’t just roll out there and think that since we’ve won some big football games, which we have, that they’re going to roll over. That’s not going to be the case.”

Last week, after trailing 23-22 to start the fourth quarter, the Bearcats scored 15 unanswered points in the fourth quarter thanks to red zone touchdowns by both senior Devian Wilson and junior quarterback Jaden Osborn. A two-point conversion was converted thanks to an incredible throw by senior wide receiver Dawson Willis to Osborn in the end zone to put Ruston up 30-23.

“I’m proud for these kids,” Ruston head coach Jerrod Baugh said after last Friday’s victory. “I told them at halftime that we just needed to keep playing hard and good things would happen. They did a great job and I’m proud for them. Our fan base came out and supported these kids, and it’s great for our community.”

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. The pregame show will start at 6 p.m. and can be heard live on KXKZ 107.5 FM.

PHOTO CREDIT: Reggie McLeroy

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