Rebels, Bearcats look to get defensive on Friday
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For the second part of our look inside the 27-year winning streak of West Monroe against Ruston, we look at both team’s offenses in this 2018 edition.
The teams meet Friday night at "Hoss" Garrett Stadium in Ruston at 7 p.m.
Ruston is led by three-year starting quarterback Eric Outley, Outley is fast and a strong arm with a lot of big game experience.
Weapons are plentiful around Outley including breakout star running back Hashan Jackson (187 yards and 4 TDs against Neville) and 6-6 tight end Ray Parker who is projected to play offensive line at LSU where he is verbally committed.
“This is the best offense at Ruston since I have been West Monroe,” West Monroe coach Jerry Arledge said. “They have a very good offensive line, probably the best we have played this season. Good Running back and throw the ball very good.”
West Monroe is not short on playmakers including junior quarterback Garrett Kahmann, senior running back Cam Wright, senior running back Charlie Norman, senior wide receivers Zach Murphy and Michael Hamburg.
An inexperienced offensive line before the season, has shown a tenacity as of late that has helped the Rebels to a 5-0 start to the season.
“It is part of the system it takes kids longer to develop up front,” Arledge said. “And they have to learn to play together more so than any other facet. They work hard every day to get better. We see signs week to week where we have gotten better.”
West Monroe has struggled with some turnovers at inopportune times in recent weeks but that comes with the territory in an option-run heavy offense.
“Fumbles and interceptions are a hazard on offense,” Arledge said. “On defense, you are trying to steal the ball. An offenses most important job is taking care of the football.”
Offensive coordinator Glenn Hun said that the team is working to improve every day, but turnovers will happen within the scheme sometimes.
“We are trying to correct some things, but it is a high risk in the option offense,” Hunt said. “It will happen. Our pass protection has gotten much better up front from where it was at the beginning of the year.”