Bastrop High will take the field for the start of spring football practice on Monday at 4 p.m.
Second-year coach Thomas Bachman said the Rams will use eight of the 10 days permitted under Louisiana High?School?Athletic Association rules.
To counteract the limited number of practices, teams are allowed to go in regalia from day one.
Bachman says Monday's workout will be full contact.
“We need to find out who's going to be physical and who's not,” Bachman said.
Wrapping up the first week of practice, the Rams will hold an intrasquad scrimmage on Thursday, May 10.
Bastrop will break camp on Thursday, May 17, but will cut practice short due to Class Night.
Offensively, the Rams welcome back six starters — receivers Jay Wilson, Jamari Payne and Ken Pates and offensive linemen Chase Flowers, Chandler Flowers and Dehaven Brown. Lost to graduation were quarterback Dita Ridgell, running back Xavier Robinson, receivers Demontrell Lollie and Williams Lee and linemen Javonte Williams and Hunter Thomas.
Returning regulars on defense are linemen Johnnie Marsaw, Ike Brown, Cray Robinson and Q Caldwell, linebacker Larecus Moore, strong safety Lester Lee and cornerback Quincy Bethea. Gone from last year are Alabama signee and All-State linebacker Denzel Devall, free safety Kyron Thompson, tackles Tyler Cheek and Q Williams, linebacker Michael Downs, strong safeties Ronderius Dowles and Savon Paige and cornerback Damian Robinson.
Offensively, the first priority is finding a quarterback. Converted running back J-Man Davis, a senior-to-be, enters the spring atop the depth chart with Christian Doaty (so.) as the backup.
“We're going to be snapping the ball to a running back, but J-Man throws the ball well,” Bachman said.
Bachman says junior-to-be free safety Mardarius Thompson, who is being asked to fill the void left by the departure of Delta State signee Kyron Thompson, has had an impressive offseason.
“Mardarius Thompson has a chance to be a good football player,” Bachman said.
For Bastrop's younger players, the spring offers an opportunity to prove they deserve to be on the field either as a starter or as a key reserve.
“We return some guys with some experience; we're just not very deep right now,” Bachman said.
As a team, the spring affords the chance to get back on the field after last year's 6-4 team was banned from the playoffs when the LHSAA took the unprecedented step of banning the Rams from postseason play following a Week 8 fight with Carroll.
“We finally get to get back on the field,” Bachman said. “The kids are excited and the coaches are excited.”