Rebels rough up Ruston
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Ruston coach Jarred Baugh said on a local radio show Friday morning that “(Former Rebel fullback and state champion) Tommy Banks wasn’t getting off that bus,” in regards to what he would tell his team about the district battle when the 2018 Rebels arrived at LJ “Hoss” Garrett Stadium.
Banks didn’t play a down on Friday, but senior running back Cam Wright showed up and showed out, rushing for 240 yards and a total of five touchdowns to lead WMHS to a 45-21 win.
It was the 87th consecutive district win for West Monroe and extends the streak vs. Ruston to 27 games.
Wright started off the night with a 65-yard touchdown reception on the first play from scrimmage and finished with 305 yards (240 rushing) and 5 touchdowns.
“What a game that young man (Wright) did,” West Monroe coach Jerry Arledge said. “Truly a gifted young man.”
Ruston pulled within 31-21 in the third quarter but a fumbled punt and later a interception return for touchdown by West Monroe's Dontrell Cobb put things out of reach.
West Monroe went over 100 yards through the air as the passing offense continues to make strides led by junior quarterback Garrett Kahmann.
“Pass protection was great the first half,” West Monroe offensive coordinator Glenn Hunt said. “We have the athletes to do it. If our passing game continues to improve then we will be tough to beat.”