Bastrop High held its annual Picture Day Thursday morning, before hitting the practice field for an early-afternoon workout. Lining up against an opponent for the first time this season, the Rams scrimmage the Ruston Bearcats on Friday at 6 p.m. at Ouachita.
Four senior Rams — wide receiver Jamari “8-Ball” Payne, defensive tackle Johnnie Marsaw, right tackle David Palmer and running back Antwone Green — conducted brief interviews after posing for pictures.
BDE: Other than working out for football, how did you spend your summer?
Jamari Payne: Football was pretty much it. I went to camp at Alabama, Southern Miss and (Louisiana) Lafayette's camp in Shreveport and our seven-on-seven tournaments.
Johnnie Marsaw: I'm from the country, so I did a lot of four-wheeler riding.
BDE: Who has made the biggest improvement since spring practice?
David Palmer: (Center) Rodney Jackson was good last year, but he's gotten better. (Left guard) Horozonta Foster had a real good summer.
BDE: What is the biggest improvement you have made since spring practice?
Antwone Green: I'm seeing the holes better and being more explosive through the holes. When I'm at H-back, I'm taking better blocking angles. I think my football IQ has gotten better and I'm being more aggressive.
Payne: I've gotten faster and I've been working on running more precise routes.
Marsaw: I've gained some weight and I feel like my technique and fundamentals have become more sound. I feel like I have a better understanding of what we need to do in order to be successful.
BDE: What are your individual goals for the season?
Palmer: First of all, I want to bring home a state championship. I want to be a leader and be the perfect example. I want to make every coach up here proud of me. I don't want to be forgotten.
Green: My individual goals are to go over 1,000 yards rushing and to score 20 touchdowns.
BDE: Who is the biggest trash talker on the team?
Payne: I would say Xavier Latting. He's always telling us he can do something. He messes with everybody.
Marsaw: I would have to say Q Caldwell. He finds something to say about everything on the field. Whether it's team or individuals, he always has something to say.
BDE: Outside of football, what is something you hope to accomplish during your senior year?
Palmer: I want to get a great education and make my parents (Evelyn and Patrick Washington) proud of me.
Green: I want to maintain a 3.0 gpa or higher and make 18 or better on my ACT to qualify for college.