Bastrop and Prairie View both embark on two-hour road trips Friday. The Rams cross the Red River to play Byrd, while the Spartans venture over the mighty Mississippi to take on Central Hinds.
A look at Friday's games:
Bastrop (1-0) vs. Byrd (1-0), 8:30 p.m. — No one will be watching tonight's Landers Dodge Battle on the Border games with more interest than Rhonda Bachman. Calvary Baptist plays St. Thomas More at 6 p.m., followed by Bastrop vs. Byrd at 8:30 at Independence Stadium in Shreveport.
Rhonda's husband, John Bachman Sr., is the head coach at Calvary. Their son, Thomas, is the head coach at Bastrop. Two more sons are on the Calvary staff — John Jr. is the Cavaliers' director of football operations and assistant head coach, while Jason, a.k.a. Moose, is the offensive coordinator.
Rhonda Bachman will be sitting alongside her daughter, Megan Claire.
“Don't leave Megan Claire out,” John Bachman Sr. laughed. “She's more competitive than any of my sons.”
Saturday's schedule includes Acadiana vs. Neville at 2 p.m., Marshall (Texas) vs. Parkway at 5 and Olive Branch (Miss.) vs. Longview (Texas) at 7:30.
Bastrop opened the season with a 55-14 victory over Shreveport Huntington last week, while Byrd took care of Zachary 58-21.
Key players for the Rams are running back Kevin Heard, wide receiver Devin Brown, linebacker Kylon Ricks and safety Lester Lee.
Tailback Tyler Johnson and fullback Louis Mills lead the Yellow Jackets offensively, while linebacker Andrew Crow and cornerback Dayton Johnson spearhead the defense.
Prairie View (0-3) at Central Hinds (3-0), 7 p.m. — Traveling to Raymond, Miss., the Spartans face the task of containing the Cougars' high-powered rushing attack. Led by running backs Brian King and Jake Hale, the Cougars have put up 48 points in back-to-back games.
“Defensively, we have to do a better job of wrapping up,” Prairie View coach Reagan Morrison said. “King and Hale will run right through an arm tackle. We have to put a shoulder into them and it has to be more than one person.”
Prairie View is looking for continued offensive improvement after producing its best offensive game of the season in last week's 42-20 loss to Claiborne Academy. Returning from major knee surgery, quarterback Dylan Carroll threw for 127 yards, including a 22-yard touchdown pass to Cole Bryan, in his season debut.
Among the other players to watch for the Spartans are running back/linebacker Hunter Carpenter and defensive lineman Devin Hughes.