Monday Morning Quarterback: Bearcat and Cougar notes

Ruston High’s Dyson Fields takes the toss and heads towards the end zone in Saturday’s Jamboree. (Photo T. Scott Boatright)

By Malcolm Butler

Ruston High

There was plenty to be excited about following the Bearcats impressive showing against West Monroe on Saturday night. 

Special teams was one of them, highlighted by placekickers RJ Brown and Will Fendley. There are some big shoes to fill with the graduation of Brady Beason who was solid all season long for Ruston High during the 2021 campaign. And Saturday night, Brown and Fendley both made the most of their opportunities.

Brown was 2-for-2 in extra points while also drilling a 37-yard field goal in the second half while Fendley converted his only extra point while successfully hitting a 23-yard field goal in the second half of the 27-6 RHS win. Brown also put both of his kickoffs into the endzone for touchbacks. 

Another highlight was wide receiver Aaron Jackson, who caught three passes for 57 yards, including an 18-yard TD that gave RHS the early 7-0 lead. Jackson played at Neville last season before returning to Ruston for his senior year. 

Bearcat Quotable: “Aaron (Jackson) Is a kid that came through junior high here. He wasn’t out here last year as he went to Neville, but he came back. We knew him coming up through the system. We knew he was going to be the premier receiver in that class. It’s good to have him back.” – RHS Head Coach Jerrod Baugh

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Cedar Creek

Matt Middleton said numerous times leading up to Saturday’s jamboree against Evangel Christian that one of his main goals was to get through the game injury free. He came within about three minutes. 

Unfortunately for the Cougars, the news was not good on offensive lineman/linebacker Jordan Vail who was injured on the last play of the game. Vail went down on an Evangel running play in the closing seconds and had to be helped off the field. On Sunday, Middleton confirmed Vail had a broken fibula and will be out for an undetermined amount of time. 

Vail had actually come in on the O-line for starter Jake Smith, who had to be helped off the field just a few minutes earlier with a leg injury. Middleton said they were still waiting on the news on Smith — who also plays a key role on the Creek defensive line — and would probably know something today.

Cougar Quotable: “It was just all about being healthy through these first two games (Sterlington and Evangel). Now we have to prepare for the games that really matter. Our goal is to make it back to the playoffs this year.” – Quarterback Caden Middleton 


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