QUICKS HITS: Midweek update for Bearcat Football

Photo Credit: Reggie McLeroy

By Kyle Roberts

It was right back to work for Ruston football coach Jerrod Baugh on Tuesday evening for a midweek practice.

Baugh’s Bearcats are coming off a tough 25-19 overtime loss to Warren Easton in the season opener Friday night at James Field at Hoss Garrett Stadium.

While, obviously, Baugh would have preferred a victory, he still admitted that regardless of the outcome, the team needs to correct certain mistakes in order to win ball games against opponents of the kind of caliber that is on the schedule this season.

That verification came in watching the game film over the weekend.

“We verified all of the opportunities we had to win a ballgame,” Baugh said after practice. “Offensively, defensively, and special teams; I think you can pick a play or two here or there on any phases of those that could have won us the ballgame. We’ve got to find a way to do that. I

“t is early in the season, so we’ve got a lot of correction time. But with the teams that we play, if we don’t get those things corrected early in the year, it could snowball on us. We need to be able to correct enough of those mistakes to be able to win some ballgames along the way.”

Baugh commented that the rushing attack for Ruston will need to improve, as well. The Eagles out-rushed the Bearcats by nearly two hundred yards, despite Ruston’s passing attack putting on a show for the fans.

“I think part of it is just continuing to get better,” Baugh said about the Ruston run game. “We’re going to look at a couple of guys differently in the offensive line. For the most part, it’s just cleaning up a lot of the stuff we should know how to do. The kids have been taught what it is to do. That’s a big game for someone in their first outing against a team like Warren Easton with the atmosphere we had. They’re going to have to learn how to deal with that.”

A main storyline emerged early in the first quarter as star Ruston tailback Dyson Fields earned a second unsportsmanlike conduct penalty and was ejected for the remainder of the ballgame. Fields remained on the sideline and was seen encouraging the rest of the offense throughout. Fields will be eligible to return to the starting lineup Friday night against Jesuit.

“I think the kids are fully aware of what circumstances warranted (the ejection), whether we agree exactly with what ended up happening, at the end of the day, it happened,” Baugh said. “I think they can look at it and learn from it without being directly involved. Hopefully, we won’t have to deal with that again, and I think Dyson learned a lot from it.”

Finally, Baugh touched on the upcoming opponent for Friday night, the Jesuit Blue Jays. Jesuit finished as the runner up in the Division I State Championship last season after losing to Catholic-Baton Rouge in the Superdome 14-10..

“Jesuit does not make a lot of mistakes,” Baugh said in conclusion. “They are a lot like Warren Easton. They’ve got a history of making long runs in the playoffs, and they were runner up for the state championship last year, also. We have our work cut out for us.

“I think it will tell us how well our team came back during the week and if they were diligent about making the corrections that we’ve talked about. If they’ve done that, then we’ll execute better and make better decisions. We’ll get another chance to see if we’ve made the corrections and improvements we needed to in order to win the ballgame.”

Kickoff between the Bearcats and the Blue Jays is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 9, at 7 p.m. The Coach Jerrod Baugh Show will start at 6:30 p.m. and can be heard on Z107.5 FM and be streamed live on BearcatNationNetwork.com.

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