Bastrop (2-4, 0-0) at Franklin Parish (3-3, 0-1), Friday, 7 p.m.
Vying to start District 2-4A play on a positive note, the Bastrop Rams venture to Winnsboro Friday night to take on the Franklin Parish Patriots at 7 p.m.
For the 2-4 Rams, the so-called second season provides an opportunity to start anew.
"It's been a difficult road to this point," Bastrop coach Thomas Bachman said. "We have four district games and it starts Friday night. We need a win, bad."
Coming off of a 34-22 homecoming loss to Union Parish, the Rams are trying to regroup.
Bastrop produced 282 yards of total offense last week, but came out negative-2 (2-0) in the turnover battle.
"It all comes down to the start," Bachman said. "We haven't started well the last two weeks. We need to be more consistent. I need to find ways to put them in a position to be more successful and more consistent."
Bastrop rushed for a season-low 99 yards last week, while passing for 183.
Against the Patriots (3-3, 0-1), the Rams can ill-afford another subpar offensive showing. Defensively, the Rams will face a ground-oriented, clock-eating offense for the second straight week.
"You know your possessions are going to be limited, so you have to make them count," Bachman said. "If they can convert third and fourth downs, one possession can take over half the quarter."
In last week's 37-13 loss to top-ranked Neville, the Patriots took control early.
"Franklin Parish scored in 16 or 17 plays on their first possession," Bachman said. "Neville scored on their first possession, too, but it was the second quarter by the time they scored. Neville only had eight possessions the whole game."
Since starting the season 2-0 with wins over Alexandria (26-7) and West Feliciana (34-28), the Patriots have dropped three out of four against a solid schedule. Franklin Parish dropped a hard-fought 15-12 verdict to Airline in Week 3, handled Oak Grove 35-23 and fell to Class 1A power Haynesville 21-13 in Week 5.
Franklin Parish is led offensively by quarterback Jordan Newton, fullback Brandon Hillman and tailback Marcus Bingham. Hillman rushed for 118 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries against Neville.
A young defense has been a pleasant surprise for the Patriots.
"They lost nine or 10 defensive starters, but have played well — for the most part — defensively," Bachman said.
Bastrop is led offensively by wide receivers Jamari Payne (39 receptions, 645 yards, 6 touchdowns), Isaiah Graham (20-343-6) and Devin Brown (15-206-2).
Christian Doaty has completed 92-of-169 passes for 1,357 yards with 15 touchdowns and five picks.
Jerry Powell (39 carries, 313 yards, 4 TDs), Travion Burks (44-303-3) and Antwone Green (27-281-3) lead the rushing attack.
Defensive leaders for the Rams include safety Lester Lee (46 tackles, 4 tackles for loss) and tackles Johnnie Marsaw (24 tackles) and Kintavius Cash (19 tackles).
Continuing conference play at home next week, the Rams host Neville on Friday, Oct. 25.