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Bearcats break opening-round jinx

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Ruston pulls off big Class 5A win with 35-25 defeat of East St. John
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Photo by REGGIE MCLEROY - Ruston High School senior Tahj Samuel (9) fights for yardarge during Friday night’s Class 5A playoff win over East St. John.

Big plays from big players made for a big win Friday night for Ruston High School.

The Bearcats erased four years worth of playoff opening-round frustrations as Ruston finally moved on to the second round in Class 5A postseason play with a 35-25 win over East St. John on James Field at L.J. “Hoss” Garrett Stadium.

After falling in the first round of the playoffs the past four seasons, the sense of relief wafted through the air during the on-field celebration following the win.

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