Bastrop 18, Ouachita 18
It's probably a good thing Bastrop and Ouachita played only 15 minutes. Otherwise, Ouachita's scoreboard may have needed new lights.
Closing out Thursday's spring scrimmage with a 15-minute quarter, the two teams played to an 18-18 draw.
Bastrop, which squandered an early 12-0 lead, salvaged a tie when quarterback Christian Doaty found Jamari Payne on on a 6-yard touchdown pass with no time left on the clock.
Starting its final possession from the 35 with 1:46 remaining, the Rams quickly advanced to the 19 on Payne's 15-yard reception and Devin Brown's diving, 31-yard grab.
After a jet sweep gained only a yard, Kevin Heard carried for back-to-back six-yard gains and a first down at the 6, but the Rams were running out of time.
Rolling to his right, Doaty lofted the game-tying pass to Payne, who made the catch with three defenders in the vicinity.
Bastrop needed just three plays to get on the board.
Doaty's 50-yard pass to Brown on the first snap of the segment put the Rams in business at the 15. Two plays later, Isiah Graham cut up the middle on a 17-yard screen pass to put the visitors up 6-0.
Two series later, Doaty darted around the left edge for a 52-yard TD burst, upping the lead to 12-0 with 8:57 on the clock.
Ouachita grabbed the lead by scoring on its next three possessions.
Cameron Sims' 45-yard pass from Charles Wright cut the deficit in half.
Ouachita regained possession four plays later on Anthony Jones' interception at the Lions' 33.
Moments later, the Lions tied the game on a 65-yard screen pass.
Bastrop turned the ball over on downs at the Ouachita 19 on its next series.
Converting a third-and-17 from their own 34, the Lions took the lead on Wright's 66-yard TD toss to Jaylon Tolliver.
Ouachita's first unit outscored the Rams' starters 18-12 in the initial phase of the scrimmage.
Bastrop used two big pass plays to score on its first eight snaps. Brown went 50 yards on a hitch and Payne snared a 49-yard post.
As expected, Bastrop's second offense struggled. Travion Burks and Josh Doaty were bright spots for the Rams' second unit.
Most of the controlled segment was played in a light rain. After a brief lightning delay, the skies cleared.