Bastrop and Prairie View will both be involved in district games on the prep gridiron Friday night.
A brief overview of this week's matchups:
* Bastrop (2-4, 0-0) at Franklin Parish (3-3, 0-1), Friday, 7 p.m. — Bastrop kicks off the District 2-4A portion of its schedule tonight in Winnsboro.
The past two games in the series have been determined in the final half-minute with the road team pulling out both meetings.
Bastrop edged the Patriots 30-24 in 2011 on Dita Ridgell's 5-yard pass to Xavier Robinson with 16 seconds remaining.
Franklin returned the favor in last year's regular season finale, pulling out a 23-20 decision on Jordan Jeter's 26-yard field goal with 22 ticks on the clock.
Bastrop coach Thomas Bachman expects another competitive contest this time around.
“It's two good teams that have played good competition,” Bachman said. “I'm sure it will be another good one.”
FPHS coach Barry Sebren says his team isn't looking past the struggling Rams, who have lost four of their last five.
“They are a dangerous animal,” Sebren told the Franklin Sun. “You look at who they've lost to. They haven't lost to a bad team all year. They are in a must-win situation. They know beating us and winning out could save their season. They are a very talented team and we have to get up on them early and play a clean game.”
Bastrop must contain the Patriots’ backfield trio of quarterback Jordan Newton, fullback Brandon Hillman and tailback Marcus Bingham.
Among the Rams’ key players are running back Jerry Powell, offensive tackles Payton Hollis and Chris Givens, defensive tackle Q Caldwell and defensive back John Robinson.
Next week, the Rams are at home against top-ranked Neville, while the Patriots face West Ouachita in Cadeville.
* River Oaks (4-4, 1-0) at Prairie View (2-6, 0-1), Friday, 7 p.m. — Winners of two straight, the Spartans need to pull off a Senior Night upset to remain in the hunt for a playoff slot.
Prairie View's three seniors — quarterback Dylan Carroll, wide receiver/defensive back Chyenne Mayo and wide receiver/linebacker/punter Matt Reed will be recognized during a brief pregame ceremony.
Players to watch for the Mustangs include quarterback/strong safety Brendan MacGregor, wide receiver/cornerback Taylor Tindall and two-way lineman Will Harrop.
Prairie View visits Glenbrook next Friday night in the regular season finale, while the Mustangs are at home against Riverfield.