Playoffs start in Ruston tonight

WHAT: Ruston (8-2) vs. Covington (6-4)

WHERE: James Field at Garrett Stadium

WHEN: Friday, Nov. 12, 7 p.m.

HOW: KRUS 96.3 FM (App link here)

RUSTON, La. — Co-district champions has a nice “ring” to it, but a state championship ring would be even nicer. 

Even after losing for the first time in nine weeks, the Ruston Bearcats (5-seed) own a share of the 2021 District 2-5A crown and begin their march to the Superdome tonight against the Covington Lions (28-seed) at home at James Field at Garrett Stadium. 

“They’ve got some really good players on both sides of the ball,” Ruston High football coach Jerrod Baugh said. “We’re glad to be at home again, and hopefully we’ll have a really good crowd again for the playoff game.” 

The Bearcats had an eight-game winning streak snapped last Friday night against the West Monroe Rebels despite being favored and hosting the Rebels in Ruston. Despite a valiant effort in the third quarter to close the lead to 28-14, Ruston was unable to rally and lost 42-14. 

“We didn’t play very well at all, and I don’t want to take anything away from West Monroe,” Baugh said. “I think they’re a good football team, and we knew that going in. I would have liked to have seen how the game would have gone if we had played well, too. You can look at it like it’s a 42-14 loss, but once you really start picking the game apart, it’s not really that far out there as it seems if we could have stopped on of their first half scores. It could have been a completely differently ballgame.” 

Should the Bearcats be victorious tonight, Ruston’s next opponent will be either Benton (12-seed) or Hahnville (21-seed). Ruston would be at home for Benton and on the road for Hahnville. 

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. with the pregame show beginning at 6 p.m. 

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