Ruston hoping to break through quarterfinals

WHAT: No. 5 Ruston at No. 4 Destrehan

WHEN: Friday, November 26. 7 p.m.

WHERE: Destrehan, La.

HOW: KXKZ 107.5 FM

DESTREHAN, La. — For the Ruston Bearcats, this will be the fourth consecutive season finishing in the top eight in the LHSAA playoffs. They have yet, however, to break through to the semifinals during that span.

Ruston head coach Jerrod Baugh hopes to change that tonight.

In fact, it was Destrehan that ended the season for the Ruston Bearcats last year by a final score of 6-0 to end the Bearcats’ playoff run, so the opponent will feel familiar, even if the faces are a little different.

”The kids involved in last year’s game can look at this game as an opportunity for a redo,” Baugh said. ”I think, for them, there is some motivation on that end of it here in the quarterfinals to look to get into the semifinals. It would be kind of bittersweet if we were to get out there and play well early and win that ball game against the team that ended our season in the previous year. I think there’s a little bit extra push behind it for the kids.”

Ruston is coming off of a 56-16 win over the Benton Tigers in Ruston. The Bearcats were in total control for the entire night in the massive blowout victory. Destrehan is undefeated this season and won its last playoff game 29-20 over Woodlawn of Baton Rouge.

Tonight’s game will be the first road playoff game for Ruston this postseason.

Should Ruston win, they will be watching very closely the Zachary-West Monroe matchup.

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

PHOTO CREDIT: Reggie McLeroy

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