Coach Thomas Bachman has been pleased with the Bastrop Rams' work ethic and overall attendance (for the most part) throughout summer strength and conditioning workouts.

“We've had a great summer. The kids have worked hard,” said Bachman, the Rams' third-year head coach. “We've had strong senior leadership. There has been some accountability — 'I'm going to be here, so you need to be here.' It's encouraging to you as a coach when kids buy into the program like that.”

Bastrop's senior leadership begins with defensive end Johnnie Marsaw.

“I might single him out too much, but Johnnie Marsaw has been a leader, by his actions first, and he has become a vocal leader,” Bachman said.

Junior center Rodney Jackson, the lone returning starter on the offensive line, has also assumed a leadership position.

“Rodney Jackson has had an incredible offseason,” Bachman said.

Wide receiver Devin Brown, offensive tackle David Palmer, running backs Antwone Green and Kevin Heard and quarterback Christian Doaty are among the veterans who have had productive summers.

“Doaty's starting to fill out,” Bachman said.

Sophomores Nigel Madison, Travion Burks and Isaiah Graham have made strides over the summer as well.

“I could go through a bunch of names,” Bachman said. “Collectively, it's been good to this point. But we need to continue to push. We still have about a month and we need to make the most of every single day. Everybody needs to get their body and mind ready for the season.”

Bachman is anxious to see the results of the summer program on the field.

“The weight room is great, but it's about preparing yourself for the season,” Bachman said. “How does the bench press and squat translate on to the football field?

“We play Ruston in 24 (now 23) days. Football season is here.”