Rebels, Bearcats look to get defensive on Friday
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As the Rebels begin District 2-5A play this week against one of its oldest rivals, the Ruston Bearcats, let us take a look at the offense and defensive matchups. Starting today with the two defenses and we will look at the two offenses on Friday.
The Ruston Bearcats are 3-2 on the season and the defense is a big part of the reason why.
The Bearcat defense has held opponents to 21 or less points in 3 of 5 games this season.
Losses to east Texas powerhouse Longview 56-28 and Louisiana 5A powerhouse Acadiana 28-21 on a last second Hail Mary have been the team’s only losses.
West Monroe and Ruston have a common opponent in the Neville Tigers in which WMHS beat the Tigers 29-14 and Ruston beat Neville 41-7.
“(Ruston) is very physical and play extremely hard,” West Monroe offensive coordinator Glenn Hunt said. “We struggled to run the football against them last year. It will be a defensive battle and low scoring game. Whoever is able to run the football will win.”
The Rebel defense has been as good as advertised with defensive line of Andrew Gleason, Dalvin Hutchinson, Ethan Swanner and Malcolm Moore wrecking havoc in the backfield.
Defensive backs Brooks Miller (5 interceptions), Carson Jones, and Colton Harvey have led the backend of the defense.
West Monroe has given up a meager 16.2 points per game and enter another hostile environment this week at “Hoss” Garrett Stadium in Ruston at 7 p.m.
“Our kids have been in a lot of big atmospheres (this year),” West Monroe coach Jerry Arledge said. “We played in Shreveport (beating McGill-Toolen (AL) 34-28. And it was pretty packed last week against Neville. The significance of this one, of course, is the first district game.”