Bearcats, Cougars among Bayou Jamb participants


Both Ruston High and Cedar Creek are among the 14 schools that will participate in the 17th annual Bayou Jamb in August.

Last year’s event was held at Joe Aillet Stadium on the Louisiana Tech campus. However, due to the facility being used for the Bulldogs regular season opener against FIU on Saturday, Aug. 26, event organizers were forced to find a different location.

This year’s event will move east to Don Shows Field inside Rebel Stadium.

“Choosing a venue for a sporting event of this magnitude is one of the most important decisions we make,” said Patti Thurmon, Owner of Bayou jamb, LLC. “Everything from facility access, football schedules, campus events, parking, venue layout, catering, and fan experience impacts the decision. While we maintain the right and look to host the Bayou Jamb on a collegiate campus again in the future, the City of West Monroe and West Monroe High School has all the ideal qualities in terms of facilities, location, environment, and amenities for the Bayou Jamb to be a success.”

Joining the Bearcats and the Cougars are Evangel High School, Ouachita High School, West Monroe High School, Red River High School, D’Arbonne Woods Charter School, Jonesboro Hodge High School, St. Frederick High School, Mangham High School, Jena High School, Ouachita Christian High School, Many High School, and Oak Grove High School.

Seven games in two days will comprise the preseason football jamboree with each team having the opportunity to compete in two 15-minute halves.

Ruston is scheduled to face West Monroe Friday, August 25 while Cedar Creek will face Mangham on Saturday, Aug. 26.

The Bayou Jamb Football Jamboree highlights local high school players and gives each team a chance for an exhibition tune-up before the regular season begins.


Friday, August 25, 2023

6:00 pm Evangel High School vs. Ouachita High School

8:00 pm Ruston High School vs. West Monroe High School

Saturday, August 26th, 2023

11:00 am Red River High School vs. D’Arbonne Woods Charter School

1:00 pm Jonesboro Hodge High School vs. St. Frederick High School

3:00 pm Mangham High School vs. Cedar Creek High School

5:00 pm Jena High School vs. Ouachita Christian High School

7:00 pm Many High School vs. Oak Grove High School

It is important to note that all games are subject to changes, and some could be moved to accommodate participating schools. A promotional schedule of additional Fan Jamb Week activities will be released at a later date.