One of the biggest football rivalries in the football hotbed of Northwest Louisiana is set to kick off once again this season as the Neville Tigers travel to the Ruston Bearcats. This matchup of titanic rivals has faced off against one another since the opening of Neville in 1931. This game has gone back and forth year after year, shown by Neville’s slight lead in series of 50-42-3. This talent filled matchup comes after Neville’s thrilling victory in 2021 where they pulled off the win by a score of 27-24. Will Ruston make up for last year’s shortcomings or will Neville take revenge on their home turf?
In the 1st quarter, Neville put the first points on the board after a 30 yd touchdown bringing the score to 7-0. In the second quarter, Ruston made a short run into the endzone to tie the game at 7 with just over 8 minutes left in the half. Just before halftime the Bearcats landed an impressive catch to take the lead into the half, 14-7. A huge pass in the third quarter by the Tigers brought them to the 6 yd line and another short pass earned them a TD tying the game at 14 with just under 10 left in the 3rd quarter. #1 from Ruston landed a long catch giving the Bearcats the lead again, 21-14 with 3:55 left in the 3rd. In the fourth quarter, the Cats tack on another 6, extending the lead 27-14. Neville answered with a TD to make it 27-21 with just over 3 minutes left in the game. A stop on the 4th down sealed Ruston’s win tonight with a final score of 27-21.