Bastrop coach Thomas Bachman tossed the 24-hour rule aside Friday night.
Rather than taking 24 hours to savor the Rams' 55-14 season-opening victory over Huntington, Bachman immediately turned his attention to Byrd.
“It's good to win, but we'll have a lot better idea of where we really are after Friday night,” Bachman said. “Byrd's good.”
Backing Bachman's claim, the Yellow Jackets had a walk in the park of their own against a better team than Huntington, dismantling Zachary 58-21.
One look at the Yellow Jackets on tape was all it took to convince Bachman that the Rams had best be ready to play in Week 2.
“I watched them on special teams,” Bachman said. “You can tell a lot about a football team by the way their kids play on special teams. They have a lot of kids flying around on special teams.”
ONSIDE KICKS: Bastrop's special teams set the tone early against Huntington as senior kicker Clay Winnon recovered his own onside kicks twice in a row to start the game.
“I remember when Clay got (an onside kick) against Neville his sophomore year,” Bachman said. “He's done a great job with that over the last few years.”
HOLDER: Winnon was also 5-of-7 on PATs, a vast improvement over last week's 1-of-4 effort in Bastrop's 25-12 jamboree victory over Ouachita the previous week.
Bastrop's problems with its extra point team during the preseason had more to do with the holder than the kicker.
While the unit still needs some polishing, the Rams appear to have found a reliable holder. Backup quarterback Jerry Powell, who rejoined the team after missing the jamboree with an injury, took on the important — though under-appreciated — role against Huntington.
TICKETS for this weekend's Battle on the Border at Independence Stadium in Shreveport will go on sale Monday morning in the school office.
Admission is $10 in advance or $15 at the gate.
Fans are encouraged to purchase their tickets locally. All proceeds from advance ticket sales go to the individual schools, while the money for tickets sold at the gate will be split 10 ways.
Tickets are good for all five games.
The complete Battle on the Border schedule:
Friday — St. Thomas More vs. Calvary Baptist, 6 p.m.; Bastrop vs. C.E. Byrd, 8:30 p.m.
Saturday — Acadiana vs. Neville, 2 p.m.; Marshall (Texas) vs. Parkway, 5 p.m.; Olive Branch (Miss.) vs. Longview (Texas), 8 p.m.