Bearcat players abound on All-District 2-5A team

Junior Jadon Mayfield returns an interception for a touchdown
Photo Credit: Reggie McLeroy

By Kyle Roberts

The All-District team for 2-5A was officially released today, and after an outright district title and a trip to the state championship game, it’s no wonder that numerous Ruston Bearcat players and coaches were listed on both first and second team for offense and defense, as well as coaching staff of the year and Offensive and Defensive MVPs.

“I think it’s representative of what our football team accomplished this year,” Ruston head coach Jerrod Baugh said. “Obviously, to win that many ballgames and to win the district title, you have to have some good players. I think it shows the other coaches in our district feel like our guys are really good players. The thing that makes me the happiest is that they’re not just good players; they’re good kids. They’re all very deserving.”

Senior quarterback Jaden Osborne took the District 2-5A Offensive MVP after throwing for 1,579 yards and 16 touchdowns for the years, while rushing for 385 yards and a pair of touchdowns with his legs

“It’s a great honor to have this, even if it’s not a specific goal I had for myself at the beginning of the season,” Osborne said. “It’s great to see the hard work during the season is recognized, and I want to give a shoutout to my offensive line and our skill position players; they’re the reason I received this award.”

Junior linebacker Jadon Mayfield was named the District 2-5A Defensive MVP by racking up 119 total tackles, 4.5 sacks, eight tackles for loss, two interceptions, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. Mayfield returned an interception for a touchdown early in the season, as well.

“It’s amazing to accomplish that through the season,” Mayfield said. “I want to give a huge shoutout to my whole defensive team. Without them, I wouldn’t have gotten this. It’s a team award.”

Ruston landed an incredible total of 10 players on the defensive first team, seven players on the offensive first team, and first team punter in junior Will Fendley. For second team, Ruston had five on offense, three on defense, and second team kicker in senior RJ Brown.

The entire coaching staff was honored as District 2-5A staff of the year.

Some of Ruston’s senior players will compete this Sunday in the I-20 Senior Bowl which will be hosted at James Field at “Hoss” Garrett Stadium. Fans can be even more excited that of all the players named to the All-District team, nine will be returning to next year’s roster.

First Team Offense:
Jaden Osborne, QB
Mason Skipper, OL
Sam Nations, OL
Josh Colvin, OL
Dyson Fields, RB
Zhy Scott, TE
Aaron Jackson, WR

Second Team Offense:
Ashton Jerro, OL
Christian Davis, H-Back
Logan Malone, WR
Jordan Hayes, RB
Jadon Mayfield, FB
RJ Brown, K

First Team Defense:
Christian Davis, DT
Peyton Bell, DT
Ahmad Breaux, DE
Geordan Guidry, DE
Jadon Mayfield, LB
Zheric Hill, LB
Jordan McWain, CB
Nate Johnson, S
Ray Owens, S
Jamious Blackmon, Flex
Will Fendley, P

Second Team Defense:
Kendrick Jones, CB
Kyran McConnell, S
Jacoryian Crowe, S

Honorable Mention
Kylon Bradley, OL

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