Ruston’s Fields earns Offensive MVP; 22 Cats earn honors


RUSTON, La. — After wrapping up a 10-3 season in 2021, the Ruston Bearcats have more reasons to celebrate now that the All-District 2-5A team has been released.

Leading the way was junior running back Dyson Fields, who was named the offensive MVP of the district and the first team running back after finishing with 1,659 yards rushing and 24 touchdowns in the regular season alone.

“I’m very pleased for Dyson,” Ruston high school head coach Jerrod Baugh said. “He took it personally that people thought we were rebuilding at running back (after Bull Hargrove graduated), and we saw him at summer and fall camp working really hard. He never verbalized it, but he may have thought he had something to prove.”

With senior fullback Devian Wilson nursing a foot injury early in the season, Fields was the primary offensive focus in the majority of non-district games.

“We really had to lean on him big time early in the season, and he took that challenge,” Baugh said. “It’s a testament to not only him, but our offensive line. He’s the one who gets the yards, but there are lot of things around him that make that work. He gets that too, and he really appreciates his teammates.”

The Bearcats also had two offensive linemen make first team in Jayden Woods and Micah Scheer. Wide receiver Dawson Willis and quarterback Jayden Osborne also were named first team on offense. Wilson earned the spot at fullback, as well.

On defense, linemen Dennis Williams and Geordan Guidry earned first team nods, as did linebacker Jaydon Mayfield, cornerback B.J. Green, and safety D’Angelo Harper.

Ruston added lineman Bernard Johnson, tight end Ahmad Breaux, and kicker Brady Beason to second team offense, while Brilun Elmore earned second team defense. Beason was also named second team as punter.

Honorable mentions went to Christian Davis, Ray Owens, Mon Maddox, Jordan McWain, Nate Johnson, Mason Skipper, and Will Regan for the Bearcats.

“I was pleased with the number of kids we had on there,” Baugh said. “I’m proud for those who make it, but that doesn’t mean that we aren’t proud of the kids who didn’t. We have some very good teams in our district. Anytime you have three teams make the quarterfinals, it’s hard to choose who needs to be on what team. We were very well represented on this list.”

Former Ruston assistant and current Ouachita head coach Todd Garvin was named District 2-5A Coach of the Year. Last year, Garvin was on Baugh’s staff for Ruston before going back home to Ouachita Parish High School.

“I think that was very good,” Baugh said. “Anytime you get into a job where there’s changeover, a lot of times, that’s associated with having to struggle for a couple of years before you can get your plan implemented like you need to. I think he and his staff did a great job of getting those kids on board and playing well. You can see the progress their team made through the year. It’s well deserved.”

PHOTO CREDIT: Reggie McLeroy

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