Bastrop 39, ASH 0
While the level of resistance has to be taken into consideration, the Bastrop Rams made significant strides over a seven-day stretch.
Controlling Friday's preseason scrimmage at Ram Stadium from start to finish, the Rams' starters manhandled Alexandria 39-0. It was more of the same with the second unit as Bastrop's reserves breezed to a 33-0 victory.
A week after generating only two first downs and 37 yards in a 14-0 loss to Ruston on Friday, Aug. 16, the Rams amassed 390 yards of total offense against the Trojans. Most of the damage was done through the air as quarterback Christian Doaty completed 13-of-22 passes for 326 yards and four touchdowns.
Bastrop had its way defensively, too, limiting the visitors to 30 total yards and three first downs on 36 offensive snaps. ASH managed 29 yards on 27 carries and completed just 1-of-9 passes for one yard. Two of the Trojans' first downs were via penalties.
“Execution-wise, we have to continue to improve, but we had 11 guys working hard to get a pace established offensively,” Bastrop coach Thomas Bachman said.
Bachman says the defensive scheme was simplified from the previous week.
“Last week, we had alignment issues because the kids had cloudy minds,” Bachman said. “Cloudy minds lead to slow play. This week, we just lined up and let the kids play football.”
Overcoming a holding penalty on the second play of the evening, the Rams drove from their own 35 to the ASH 11 as Jamari Payne caught two passes for 36 yards. The drive stalled as Lonnie Murry stuffed a first down running play for a loss of two and the Rams misfired on three straight passes.
Returning to the 35, the Rams quickly moved back into ASH territory as Doaty kept for 14 yards and connected with Payne for 23 more.
Three plays later, on third-and-five, Doaty hit Devin Brown across the middle for a 23-yard score to give Bastrop a 6-0 lead.
ASH crossed midfield on its first offensive play, compliments of a personal foul against the Rams.
But the drive quickly imploded as Lester Lee's 43-yard fumble return put the Rams up 12-0.
Two plays later, Rufus Martin sacked ASH quarterback Matthew Beck for a loss of 19 yards.
With the Rams' offense back on the field for their second offensive series, Doaty's 56-yard TD toss to Payne was wiped out by a holding call.
On the following snap, Brown turned a short pass into a 70-yard gain, setting up Kevin Heard's 1-yard run.
Two plays later, on second-and-two from the 43, right tackle Chris Givens secured possession of a fumble and rambled six yards for a first down.
Back-to-back 11-yard completions to Graham led to Doaty's 26-yard TD toss to Payne in the right corner of the endzone, giving the Rams a 26-0 lead.
Beginning its final series from midfield, Bastrop scored on two of its final three plays in an eight-play segment.
Graham took a middle screen to the house from 23 yards out and Heard turned a pass out of the backfield into a 65-yard TD scamper for a 39-0 Bastrop lead.
After allowing three sacks against Ruston, the Rams offensive line of Givens, David Palmer, Rodney Jackson, Horzonta Foster and Payton Hollis gave Doaty plenty of time to throw against ASH.
Bastrop's defensive front of Martin, Juwuan Norris, Johnnie Marsaw and Q Caldwell wreaked havoc up front.
Kylan Ricks and Kentreylus Hill-Pates stopped running plays in the backfield to help disrupt the Trojans' final offensive series.
Bastrop's receiving corps had a big night as Graham caught five passes for 79 yards and a touchdown, followed by Payne (4-85-1) and Brown (2-93-1).
“I haven't graded the film, but we'll find the coachable and teachable moments from the scrimmage and start preparing to take another step when the kids get here Sunday,” Bachman said Friday night.
Some of the more obvious coachable and teachable moments will deal with cleaning up penalties and addressing the extra point team.
Bastrop's first defensive unit was slapped with three 15-yard penalties — two personal foul facemasks and an unsportsmanlike conduct. Offensively, the Rams incurred three 10-yard infractions — a pair of holding calls and an illegal block.
Expect the PAT unit to get some extra work as the Rams were just 6-for-9 against air. An irritated Bachman opted to forego the extra point attempt twice, pulling the team off the field before the kick was attempted.
Taking on their third straight Class 5A opponent, the Rams continue a three-week home stint against Ouachita in jamboree action on Friday night.
SECONDS: Bastrop's backups came to play, as well.
Scoring on its second and fifth plays from scrimmage, Bastrop quickly opened up a 14-0 lead.
Travion Burks' 54-yard burst opened the scoring.
Three plays later, the Rams were back in the endzone as Josh Doaty's 38-yard pickup set up Powell's 25-yard jaunt down the left sideline.
Slipping a tackler at the line of scrimmage, Kajuan Madison sprinted into the endzone from 13 yards out on the first of three Powell TD passes.
Moments later, Powell lofted an 11-yard pass to a leaping Alontae Alford in the left corner of the endzone.
Despite being drilled by two ASH defenders, Powell rifled an 8-yard TD pass to Kajuan Madison on the final play of the scrimmage.
Bastrop generated 339 yards of total offense, including 216 yards on 14 rushing attempts.
Powell's final stat line included seven completions in 11 attempts for 123 yards, with three TDs and one pick. He also rushed for 74 yards on five carries.
Burks accounted for 95 rushing yards on four tries, while Doaty added 45 stripes on four attempts.
Kajuan Madison led the Rams' receivers with three catches for 66 yards and a pair of scores, followed by Al Dowles Jr. with two catches for 32.
Bastrop held ASH to 79 yards, all on the ground.
Among the Rams' defensive leaders were David Davis, Kintavius Cash and Brandon Matthews.
Notes: Bastrop played without three starters. Inside linebacker Chad Rawls attended the wedding of his brother, former Rams' quarterback and deep snapper Ryan Rawls. Cornerback Mardarius Thompson sat out with a shoulder injury, while running back Antwone Green was sidelined with a sprained MCL.