Outright district title on the line for Bearcats

WHAT: Ruston (8-1; 4-0 district) vs. West Monroe (6-3; 3-1 district)

WHERE: James Field at Garrett Stadium

WHEN: Friday, November 5 at 7 p.m.

HOW: KXKZ 107.5 FM

TICKETS: As of 8 a.m. this morning, there were less than 50 reserved tickets and 150 general admission tickets remaining for the game according to RHS principal Dan Gressett. 200 standing room only tickets will be sold and after that “no one else will be allowed in the stadium.”

RUSTON, La. — An eight game winning streak for Ruston High sure is nice heading into the regular season finale.

But nine in a row would propel the 2021 Bearcat football team into legend. The win over West Monroe would give Ruston the District 2-5A title outright as opposed to having to share with both the Rebels and Ouachita Lions.

And while its been over three decades since the Bearcats have beaten the Rebels, it’s all business as usual for the Ruston football program, starting with head coach Jerrod Baugh.

“This game will be a great indicator of where we were at week ten heading into the playoffs,” Baugh said. “It will show us some things that we will need to work on to get ready on the playoff front. Defensively, we will need to run to the football. Their quarterback and tailback are the guys they intend to make plays. We need to tackle well and have eleven guys run to the football.

“Offensively, we need to be able to control the line of scrimmage,” Baugh continued. “It’s no secret with our fullback, quarterback and tailback that we’re going to try to get the run going. Our offensive line will have to adjust what needs to be adjusted midgame. How we handle what West Monroe does will be big for our running game.” 

Ruston is expecting an amazing atmosphere as tickets have been sold in record time. Standing room only is expected at this point.

“I talked to our kids about it on Monday morning,” Baugh said. “For most of our kids, this will be the biggest crowd they’ve ever played in front of. You can try to visualize it all you want, but it won’t be real until those kids run out and see the stadium packed. It will be really special for them. We just need to make sure that’s something we use for momentum and not have it as a distraction. Hopefully, I’ve talked to them enough about it that they’ll be mentally in tune to what their assignments are on the field, and they’ll be able to take care of business.”

The game can be heard on KXKZ 107.5 FM with the pregame show starting at 6 p.m. Kick off is set for 7 p.m.

PHOTO CREDIT: Reggie McLeroy

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