Alexandria at Bastrop, Friday, 6:30 p.m.
Making its first home appearance of the 2013 season, Bastrop scrimmages Alexandria Senior High on Friday, starting at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $4.
This marks the opening of a three-week homestand for the Rams, who host Ouachita in jamboree action on Friday, Aug. 30 and face Shreveport Huntington in the season opener on Sept. 6.
“It'll be good to be back home in Bastrop for the next three weeks,” Bastrop coach Thomas Bachman said.
Bastrop is looking for a better outing after a dismal showing in its initial preseason action, a 14-0 loss to Ruston. In a lackluster performance on both sides of the ball, the Rams managed only two first downs and were outgained 151-37.
Needless to say, Bachman is looking for substantial improvement this week.
“Offensively, we just have to get that physical presence going again. We can't put ourselves in first-and-22 like we did on the first play of the game,” Bachman said, recalling a holding penalty on the Rams' first snap against Ruston.
“Defensively, we just have to line up. Defense starts with being able to line up properly.”
Coming off of three straight physical practices to start the week, the Rams are banged up. Running back Antwone Green (knee) and cornerback Mardarius Thompson (ankle) are doubtful for the scrimmage.
“We can't do this day in and day out because we're so thin,” Bachman said of the full contact sessions, “but we have to get a physical presence on offense and our defense has to see it.”
ASH has moved up to Class 5A after finishing 5-6 last season.
This year, the Trojans are operating under a new head coach. Defensive coordinator Brad Chesshir was promoted to head coach when Jeff Fitzgerald accepted the Ouachita vacancy.
Spearheaded by wide receiver D.J. Chark (pronounced Shark), who verbally committed to LSU in June, the Trojans have some firepower. Chark raised his stock over the summer after accounting for over 1,000 all-purpose yards and 11 touchdowns as a junior. Besides lining up at receiver, Chark plays cornerback and returns kicks.
Also back is running back Zach Rhone, a first-team All-District performer last fall.
Matthew Beck takes over at quarterback after seeing action on a part-time basis as a freshman.
“They have a big kid at quarterback, who is 6-4 and throws the ball well,” Bachman said.
Defensively, Daevon Washington (sr.) moves back to free safety after earning All-District honors at linebacker in 2012. Switching back to his natural position, he is being asked to fill the void left by his older brother, Texas A&M signee Shaan Washington.
Bachman says the Rams have spent the majority of this week's practice time addressing their own flaws rather than preparing for ASH.
“We've spent more time on Bastrop this week,” Bachman said.