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  • Defensive line shows promise

  • Bastrop High Spring Scrimmage

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    Bastrop's first offense scored twice, but the defense won its share of battles in Thursday night's intrasquad scrimmage.
    “We made some mistakes, but that's spring ball,” Bastrop coach Thomas Bachman said. “There's a lot of work to be done, but I saw a lot of bright spots.”
    One of the bright spots was the play of the veteran front four — Cray Robinson, Ike Brown, Johnnie Marsaw and Q Caldwell.
    “Those guys are going to be good,” Bachman predicted. “If they have a great summer, they could be nasty.”
    Marsaw, a junior-to-be, began to come on late last season and has continued to progress ever since.
    “You can see the lights come on in his eyes,” Bachman said of Marsaw. “He wants to be one of the great ones and he's willing to put in the work.”
    For the most part, the defense pursued well and had multiple people around the ball.
    “I thought we had some kids flying around tonight,” Bachman said.
    Linebackers Larecus Moore and Chad Rawls and safety Lester Lee made their share of plays.
    Rover/outside linebacker William Fields continued to impress, accounting for negative 14 yards with a sack and a stop in the backfield.
    “William Fields has had a great four days,” Bachman said. “He's shown some toughness.”
    With starting cornerback Quincy Bethea (separated shoulder) out for the remainder of the spring,
    Jarwar Davis is making the most of his shot to play defense. Davis began the week as a quarterback/wide receiver, before converting to defense Tuesday.
    “To have only been at the corner for three days, I thought Jarwar Davis did a good job today,” secondary coach Korea Davis (no relation) said.
    OFFENSIVE HIGHLIGHTS: Bastrop's first offense needed just four plays to drive 70 yards for the first touchdown.
    Ken Pates' diving, 36-yard catch led to J-Man Davis' 32-yard TD pass to Jamari Payne.
    J-Man Davis later scored on a spectacular 59-yard run, escaping two defenders at the 40, before breaking away for the endzone.
    “J-Man continued to grow as a quarterback,” Bachman said of the converted running back. “You have to remember he's only been back there as far as in pads and having people flying around him for four days.”
    Running back Kevin Heard handled the bulk of the carries with the first offense.
    “Kevin Heard has given us a lot of good reps the last four days,” Bachman said.
    Receiver is shaping up as the Rams' deepest position. Jay Wilson, Pates and Payne are proven assets, with Marquise Johnson, Rufus Martin, O'Brian Colquitt and Dominique Taylor making bids for playing time. Wilson, Martin and Johnson all caught touchdown passes during the goal line segment.
    Page 2 of 2 - Left guard Dehaven Brown, right tackle Chandler Flowers and center Chase Flowers bring a veteran presence to the offensive line.
    SCRUBS: The non-starters were given their share of reps in the scrimmage as well.
    Converting a fourth-and-19, quarterback Christian Doaty found Marquise Johnson on a 26-yard TD strike on the first series.
    Doaty also scored on a 22-yard run.
    “I thought Doaty did some good things at quarterback,” Bachman said.
    Sophomore-to-be Rodney Jackson recorded a sack and helped the defense end the game on a high note by returning a fumble for a touchdown on the final play of the evening.
    Other defensive plays of note were made by Xavier Dunn (interception) and  Josh Womack (tackle in the backfield).
    SCOUTING: Ole Miss defensive coordinator Dave Womack, McNeese State offensive line coach Rob Sale and Louisiana-Lafayette running backs coach Marquase Lovings viewed Thursday's scrimmage.
    SCHEDULE: After taking a long weekend, the Rams wrap up spring drills by working out Monday-Thursday. Starting time for all four practices is 4 p.m. With Class Night scheduled for Thursday, the Rams will forego the end-of-week scrimmage.