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|Ouachita hosts Ruston|
The Ouachita Lions (1-1) will host the Ruston Bearcats (2-0) Friday night as the schools continue one of the longest running rivalries in northeast Louisiana high school football.
Ouachita bounced back from a loss at Neville with a blowout victory over the Rayville Hornets last week, 47-8. The Lions scored 40 unanswered points to power past Rayville.
Quarterback Quentin Wheeler went 6-of-12 passes for 207 yards and two touchdowns with just one interception. Justin Ginyard caught passes of 62 yards and 25 yards for scores for Ouachita.
Four different Lions scored on rushing touchdowns including two touchdowns by Quentin Wheeler. Wheeler rushed for 93 yards on seven carries and two touchdowns. Wheeler scored third quarter touchdown runs of seven and 39 yards. Ricky McCarthy took in the first Ouachita score from 56-yards away for a quick 7-0 lead for Ouachita.
Jarrett Triplett scored on a 17-yard touchdown run for his first varsity score. Demarkus Sledge also blasted free on a 69-yard touchdown run for his first touchdown of his varsity career.
Rayville quarterback Phaquinton Lawson connected with wide receiver Tyrone Carter for a 34-yard touchdown pass followed by the two-point conversion that tied the game at 8-8 early on.
The Ouachita rushing attack eventually took over as Ouachita racked up 303 yards on the ground and the Lions kept turning the Rayville offense away time and time again to secure the victory.
Head coach John Carr said last week his team wanted to be more consistent in the running game and did that with touchdown runs from several different backs.
Not giving Ruston a short field and containing the Bearcat running backs will be key for the Lions this week as they go for their second consecutive victory.
Ruston presents another chance for Ouachita to give a good showing against a classic rival. They will be playing in a non-district contest for the first time in four years when Ouachita played in Class 4A. Now that shoe is on the other foot as the Bearcats play below the top classification for the first time ever. Kentrell Brice set a record for the longest interception return in school history when he scored against Many High School last week on a 103-yard return.
Ouachita will have to beef up their rush defense as Ruston sports one of the district 3-4A running backs in Carlos Wilson who scored on three rushing touchdown last week.