Bastrop 55, Huntington 14
Christian Doaty threw six touchdown passes in the first half as Bastrop opened the season with 55 unanswered points en route to a 55-14 victory over Shreveport Huntington on Friday night.
It was difficult to gauge whether the Rams played that well or if it was a case of overwhelming an overmatched opponent.
"I know the score would indicate otherwise, but I don't know that we played that well," Bastrop coach Thomas Bachman said. "I didn't think we played very fast offensively as far as pressing the pace. I thought we were lackadaisical at times.
"We did some good things, but I don't think we established the pace, which is hopefully going to be our calling card."
Starting the game with two onside kicks — both recovered by kicker Clay Winnon — the Rams were up 14-0 before the visiting Raiders ran a play.
Winnon recovered his own opening kickoff at the Huntington 45 and the Rams were on the board four plays into the game. Doaty connected with Jamari Payne in the right side of the end zone and Winnon booted the first of five extra points to put the Rams up 7-0.
Setting up at the Huntington 46 following Winnon's second onside kick recovery, the Rams doubled their lead eight plays later.
Kevin Heard gained five yards on third-and-two from the 11, helping set up his own 1-yard touchdown run.
With the Raiders putting their hands team on the field, the Rams kicked away on their third kickoff.
Huntington's offense didn't stay on the field for long, though.
Juwuan Norris stopped a first down running play for a loss of one and Mardarius Thompson intercepted a second down pass to put the Rams back in business at the plus-17.
On second-and-10, Lewis Brooks made a sprawling catch on a tipped pass to put the Rams up 21-0 with 7:33 still to play in the first quarter.
Bastrop would find the end zone again by the end of the period.
Following a Huntington punt, Devin Brown's 79-yard TD reception padded the margin to 28-0.
Huntington went three and out on its next series and the Rams took over at the Raiders' 46 early in the second frame.
Three plays later, Brown's 16-yard catch and run, followed by Doaty's 2-point run increased the spread to 36-0.
On Huntington's next series, Chad Rawls and Rufus Martin stuffed a second down running play for minus-two yards, bringing up third-and-11. Niger Madison then made a diving catch for a pick, turning the ball back over to the Rams at the Huntington 49.
Moments later, Doaty hit Payne in the right corner of the end zone from nine yards out to put Bastrop up 42-0 with 3:43 still to play in the half.
Lester Lee's tackle in the backfield for a loss of five on first down led to a three-play series for the Raiders.
Payne's 30-yard punt return to the 27 gave the Rams another short field.
On the very next snap, Payne gathered in his third touchdown catch of the evening, stretching the Rams' lead to 48-0 at halftime.
Thompson returned the second half kickoff 53 yards, setting up Travion Burks' 27-yard TD jaunt, which wrapped up the Rams' scoring.
Johnnie Marsaw's sack short-circuited the Raiders' initial drive of the second half.
With the Rams' reserves playing out the remainder of the game, the Raiders broke the shutout on Jakobi Malone's 3-yard run on the first play of the fourth quarter.
Justusellis Clark's 59-yard interception return capped the scoring.
Doaty threw for 225 yards — all in the first half — on 11-of-18 passing. Payne caught seven passes for 91 yards and three scores, while Brown had three grabs for 111 stripes and a pair of TDs. Heard chipped in 77 yards on 10 carries to pace the rushing attack.