Ruston’s season ends in quarters

DESTREHAN, La.— Destrehan’s running attack proved to be too much for the Ruston High School Bearcats on Friday night and ended their 2021 season by a final score of 24-10.

The Wildcats finished the night with 253 yards on the ground and three rushing touchdowns, while the Bearcats were only able to find the end zone once for the night.

It’s the fourth season in a row the Bearcats have been ousted from the playoffs in the quarterfinals, and it’s the second season in a row that the Destrehan Wildcats have been the victor over Ruston in the third round.

”I thought the kids played hard,” Ruston head coach Jerrod Baugh said. “We just made too many mistakes against a really good football team, and you can’t do that this time of year. I’m proud of our kids for battling all year through a tough schedule. This senior class has come a long way from being a 1-7 freshman team.”

Junior running back Dyson Fields scored from four yards out in the third quarter to tie the football game 10-10, but Destrehan retook the lead on a quarterback keeper in the first play of the first quarter that led to a 17-10 lead for the Wildcats which proved to be insurmountable for the Bearcats.

Destrehan extended the lead to 24-10 with 8:05 left to go in the ball game which proved to be enough for the final score.

A costly second quarter fumble by the Bearcats in the red zone led to the only touchdown by Destrehan in the first half.

A 48-yard field goal by senior kicker Brady Beason as time expired in the first half put Ruston on the scoreboard for the first time, and the Bearcats trailed 10-3 going into the halftime locker room.

Junior quarterback Jaden Osborn finished with 121 yards rushing for the Bearcats. Fields finished with 87 yards and one touchdown.

Ruston finished the 2021 season with an overall 10-3 record and as co-district champions in District 2-5A.

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