RUSTON, La. — It should come as no surprise the Ruston High football has another powerhouse non-district schedule coming up.
Since Bearcat Head Coach Jerrod Baugh has been at the helm of the program, he has instilled the value in his team of playing high quality opponents to both prepare for a District 2-5A and postseason play.
“I think our pre-district schedule every year should prepare us for our tough district and hopefully both of those will prepare us for a long playoff run,” Baugh said. “I also think it’s important to see different schemes on offense and defense because you never know who or what you will face in playoff competition.”
Ruston will play host to six total home games this season, with four on the road. Four of the five non-district games will be at James Field at Garrett stadium, beginning with Warren Easton, Jesuit, and Cabot, Ark., all coming for the first three weeks.
The one longer road trip for Ruston will be September 23 down at Lafayette Christian.
“I like to make at least one lengthy road trip each year to simulate a possible future playoff scenario so that kids can get accustomed to a charter bus trip,” Baugh said. “I think our kids now just focus on getting prepared rather than who we play because we play so many high quality opponents.”
Ruston follows with a home game against Neville, which keeps the rivalry alive between two teams that have played every season for nearly a century.
District play begins on the road for two straight games at ASH and at Pineville before returning home for West Ouachita. Ruston hits the road for Ouachita on Oct. 28 and then finally at home for West Monroe to close out the regular season on Nov. 4.
The 2021 Bearcats finished tied for first place in District 2-5A after an 8-2 regular season record and made it to the quarterfinals of the postseason playoffs.
The entire schedule below (Home games CAPITALIZED, * – District 2-5A):
9/2 – WARREN EASTON
9/9 – JESUIT
9/16 – CABOT, ARK.
9/23 – @ Lafayette Christian
9/30 – NEVILLE
10/7 – @ Alexandria*
10/14 – @ Pineville*
10/21 – WEST OUACHITA*
10/28 – @ Ouachita*
11/4 – WEST MONROE*
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