In its final preseason tuneup, Bastrop High plays host to Ouachita in jamboree action, while Prairie View treks to Cenla Christian in Week 2 of the MAIS regular season.
A look at Friday night's matchups:
Ouachita at Bastrop — This marks the Rams' first home jamboree since 2008 when the Bastrop Lions Club Jamboree was discontinued. Game time is 6 p.m. for the junior varsity, with the varsity to follow.
Bastrop is hoping a change of scenery will prove beneficial after going 0-4 in the Bayou Jamb at ULM, with two losses each to Neville and Ouachita.
Bastrop and Ouachita also played in the spring, battling to an 18-18 draw. In a game that was dominated by the offenses for the most part, Jamari Payne's touchdown reception from Christian Doaty with no time left on the clock enabled the Rams to salvage a tie.
Ouachita's wide receiver duo of Cameron Sims and Jalen Tolliver torched the Rams for several big plays. Rated as a four-star recruit and the No. 14 overall senior in Louisiana by rivals.com, Sims has verbally committed to Alabama.
Bastrop will be at full strength defensively this week. Cornerback Mardarius Thompson and inside linebacker Chad Rawls return to the lineup after sitting out last week's scrimmage against Alexandria.
Bastrop opens the regular season at home next Friday vs. Shreveport Huntington.
Prairie View (0-1) at Cenla (0-1), 7 p.m., at Louisiana College — Plans were finalized Wednesday, moving the game to the LC campus in Pineville. For what is believed to be the first time in school history, the Spartans will play on turf.
Prairie View held Riverdale scoreless in the second half of an eventual 16-12 season-opening loss last week. The Spartans will need another strong defensive performance against the Lions, who rolled up 477 total yards in a 44-34 road loss to Trinity Episcopal.
Sophomore quarterback Peyton Gauthier racked up 258 yards passing while throwing touchdown passes to three different receivers against Trinity.
Key players for the Spartans include linemen Dylan Mewborn and Ty Barnhill and running back/linebacker Layne Gray.
Last year’s game was also played in Pineville, with the Lions winning 42-28.