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Bastrop Daily Enterprise - Bastrop, LA
  • Front four takes charge in first week

  • Bastrop High Spring Football Notes
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  • Following three days in full pads, the Bastrop Rams worked out in shorts and helmets Thursday afternoon in a session that was abbreviated due to Class Night.
    With graduation set for tonight, the Rams will take today off.
    The original schedule called for the Rams to hold an intrasquad scrimmage Saturday at 6, but those plans have been put on hold, pending the weather.
    ADAPTING: This is the first varsity spring camp for the sophomore class.
    "Some of the young kids have never done some of the things we've asked them to do," Bastrop coach Thomas Bachman said. "You can see their progression in just three days as they are getting used to the terminology and the way we do things.
    "Obviously, there is plenty of room for growth as they get more and more reps. With young kids, it's all about reps. You can draw it on the board for them, but they need to physically get out there and do it."
    D-LINE: Bastrop's front four of tackles Johnnie Marsaw and Q Caldwell and ends Juwan Norris and Rufus Martin had a productive first week.
    Marsaw has moved inside after starting on the edge last season.
    Martin, a senior-to-be, has settled in at defensive end after spending the majority of his career at wide receiver.
    "We're getting good leadership on the defensive side of the ball. We have a lot more seniors on defense than we do on offense," Bachman said. "I think it all starts with Johnnie Marsaw. The entire first four on the defensive line have had a good first week."
    CATCHING CORPS: Bachman has been pleased with the Rams' young receivers, a group that includes Joshua Doaty, Isiah Graham, and Alontae Alford.
    "All of those kids are going to be sophomores," Bachman said. "How far they progress will depend on their work ethic, but there have been a lot of bright spots this week with the young kids."
    Seeing extensive playing time as a freshman, Graham caught five passes for 51 yards last season.
    NO. 4: Sophomore-to-be running back Travion Burks will wear No. 4 for the Rams next season. All-State wide receiver and Central Arkansas signee Jay Wilson set high standards for the jersey during his stellar career as a three-year starter.
    Appearing in two varsity games last season, Burks carried three times for 46 yards, including a 41-yarder.
    SCOUTING: Louisiana-Lafayette running backs coach Marquase Lovings attended Thursday's workout and visited with several Rams after practice.
    SPRING GAME: Closing out camp, the Rams will travel to Ouachita on Thursday for a spring scrimmage at a time to be determined.

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