Huntington at Bastrop, Friday, 7 p.m.
Bastrop opens the 2013 regular season at home Friday night against the Huntington Raiders. Kickoff time is 7 p.m. at Ram Stadium.
Huntington is looking for a better result this week after bowing to Byrd 35-0 last week in jamboree play.
However, Bastrop coach Thomas Bachman isn't counting on the Rams having an easy time Friday night.
“They have some athletes,” Bastrop coach Thomas Bachman said. “They're going to be big and fast.”
Huntington managed only 80 yards of total offense (60 passing, 20 rushing) in the jamboree.
Under first-year head coach Daryl Steward, the Raiders are led by quarterback Alden Kelly.
“They're a spread football team. They occasionally go to the I,” Bachman said. “They have a big running back and the quarterback is big and athletic.”
In contrast to the Raiders, the Rams carry some momentum into the regular season after knocking off Class 5A Ouachita 25-12 in the jamboree.
Trailing 6-0 at halftime, the Rams scored four touchdowns during an eight-minute span to start the second half.
Bastrop is looking to get out of the blocks faster this week after a sluggish start in the jamboree.
“I would like to start fast and be aggressive on both sides of the ball,” Bachman said. “I want to be aggressive with our play-calling and I want us to be aggressive in the way we attack.”
With school out Monday for Labor Day and Tuesday for a teacher's conference, the Rams returned to their normal practice schedule Wednesday.
“It's been a decent week,” Bachman said. “We were able to get back to our structure Wednesday.”
Obviously, the Rams' immediate task is to get the season off to a positive start.
“Our goal is to win one game a week somehow, someway,” Bachman said. “It's always a matter of making the most of each day.”
Bastrop quarterback Christian Doaty was 13-of-18 for 227 yards with three touchdowns and an interception in the jamboree. Jamari Payne accounted for the bulk of the receiving yardage with eight catches for 135 yards, including a 2-yard TD grab on fourth-and-goal. Isaiah Graham added a 48-yard TD grab and Devin Brown hauled in a 35-yard pass for the Rams' first touchdown.
Running back Kevin Heard finished the evening with 79 yards on 13 carries.
Defensive end Juwuan Morris collected a team-high nine tackles and batted down two passes at the line of scrimmage and safety Lester Lee pitched in seven stops.
Linebacker Kentreylus Hill-Pates contributed six tackles and was in on two key plays.
After the Rams went up 7-6 early in the second half, Hill-Pates stripped the ball away from the return man on the ensuing kickoff. Teammate Mardarius Thompson recovered at the Ouachita 28, setting up Heard's 18-yard touchdown run, two plays later.
Hill-Pates also broke up a third down pass to force a Ouachita punt and defended a fourth down pass.
Bastrop out-gained the Lions 287-234. Led by Cam Davis (23 carries, 149 yards, 2 TDs) Ouachita gashed the Rams for 188 rushing yards. However, the Lions completed only 5-of-18 passes for 51 yards as Bastrop cornerbacks Mardarius Thompson and Jawara Davis turned in superb efforts.
Next week, the Rams are matched against another Shreveport team, the C.E. Byrd Yellow Jackets, in the Battle of the Border.
Scheduled for Independence Stadium in Shreveport, the five-game event gets under way Friday, Sept. 13 at 6 p.m. with St. Thomas More vs. Calvary Baptist, followed by Bastrop vs. Byrd at 8:30.
Saturday's docket includes Acadiana vs. Neville at 2 p.m., Marshall (Texas) vs. Parkway at 5 and Longview (Texas) vs. Olive Branch (Miss.) at 8.