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Ruston - 2013 Schedule & Notes

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Ruston – 2013 Schedule

Date

Opponent

 

Home/Away

9/6/13

Neville

 

A

9/13/13

Airline

 

H

9/20/13

Rayville

 

H

9/27/13

Haughton

 

A

10/4/13

Captain Shreve

 

A

10/11/13

Natchitoches Central

 

H

10/18/13

West Monroe

 

H

10/25/13

Ouachita Parish

 

A

11/1/13

Alexandria

 

A

11/8/13

Pineville

 

H

 

Notes about the Ruston Bearcats

They Move the Chains: Ruston's offensive success is will depend on an experienced offensive line. Three of the four returning starters on offense are on the line. Brian McGowan, Keon Johnson and Kristian Scroggins give the Bearcats a terrific trio. McGowan (5-6, 230) is a "fire hydrant" who goes off on defensive lineman. The 3-year starter is often looked, but look for him to re-establish himself as one of the premier lineman in the district. Johnson (6-0,260) will be used on both sides of the ball. With those lineman creating running lanes, Junior Jawaun Wright is primed for a huge season. Coming off the bench last season, Wright rumbled for 600 yards with seven touchdowns. Senior Zevain Jackson and Junior Aulontay Rachal looked good in the spring and will be counted on to be the top receiving threats for the Bearcats.

Blitz Patrol: Linebacker Jaqual Owens is one of five starters back on defense. The senior lead the team last year with 101 tackles. Owens is expected to duplicate or exceed those numbers this season. He is an "old fashioned" linebacker who is not afraid to stick his nose in action. Senior Darren Crawford will anchor the secondary as he racked up 40 tackles last year with six pass breakups.

Cleats to Fill: The Bearcats are looking for some new playmakers to emerge. Graduation hit Ruston hard with the loss of QB CJ Gatlin, WR Ivan Wilson, TE John David Moore, RB Alexio Williams Hargrove and athlete Chris Millage.

Unsung Hero: K/P Shelton Wooley has a strong leg and will give the Bearcats a huge advantage in the kicking game. Last season he nailed five field goals with his longest being from 45 yards out. With 27 touch backs last season, Wooley will not let opponents regain momentum after a score.

Ace Watch: Wright already has one ace award on his resume. With the workload now falling on his shoulders, Wright has the potential to put up some big numbers in 2013.

Must-See Matchup: A season opening date with Neville is always one of the marque matchups in the state. District showdowns with Ouachita and West Monroe will determine what kind of playoff seeding the Bearcats receive.

Postseason Prospects: This is a new era for Ruston football as Brad Laird takes over for his father as the Bearcats head coach. Ruston fans are very familiar with Brad as he lead the ‘Cats to a state championship in 1990. He went on to become the Northwestern State's career passing record-holder and one of the Top 100 players in Demon football history. As a player, Laird was known as a gunslinger. As a coach, he is defensive minded as he has extensive college coaching experience as a coordinator. Coach Laird says he is looking forward to returning to the high school ranks and the excitement that comes with games under the Friday night lights. Ruston fans are hopeful that their former championship quarterback can return the Bearcats program to playoff glory.

Coach Talk: "With only eight practices in the spring to go along with the scrimmage, it is still hard to get a feel for this team. They worked extremely hard, but the mental makeup has to get better. We had a lot of mental errors in the spring and we will have to much better in August."
— Ruston Head Coach Brad Laird

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