Bastrop 38, Delhi Charter 0
Quaterius Hawkins threw three touchdown passes and ran for another as Bastrop eased past Delhi Charter 38-0 Friday night in the Bastrop Jamboree.
With the Rams facing an overmatched opponent, Bastrop coach Adrian Burnette was looking at effort and execution more so than the score.
"One of the big things I was pushing was, 'What are we doing? Are we being coachable? Are we being where we are supposed to be? Are we playing at full speed?' I just wanted our guys to get some reps, get our skill guys some touches early on, and get better. That's what this game was all about."
Bastrop needed just 1:18 to get on the board as Hawkins found Christian Smith on a 21-yard aerial. T.J. Blanch booted the extra point through to put Bastrop up 7-0.
Jaden Davis broke up a third down pass to force the Gators to punt on their first possession.
Taking over at the DC 41 following a short kick, the Rams struck immediately as Quaterius Hawkins hooked up with Calvert Johnson for the touchdown.
Bastrop's offense was right back on the field as Desi Holmes recovered a fumble at the DC 23.
A false start backed the Rams up to the 28 before Kyrese Lawrence blasted 21 yards for a first down at the 7. From there, Quaterius Hawkins took it in on a keeper. Blanch's second PAT moved the spread to 20-0 with 6:20 left in the first half.
Chris Lumpkins came up with the recovery on yet another fumbled kickoff to put the Rams in business at the 27.
"I was impressed with our special teams early," Burnette said. "As the game wore on, I thought we got lazy in spots. We have to learn to maintain the entire game, but we didn't do bad."
A.J. Fenceroy's 14-yard catch was good for a first down at the 13, but Cartavious Allen's touchdown reception was negated by a false start.
Eventually, Desmond Longino broke up a fourth down pass in the end zone, enabling the Gators took over at their own 12.
Bastrop regained possession at the DC 31 with 45 seconds on the clock after taking over on downs.
Two plays and an illegal procedure penalty later, Sir'Quan Hawkins made a leaping catch in the back of the end zone to give the Rams a 26-0 bulge at intermission.
Picking up where it left off, Bastrop covered 40 yards on two plays to open the second half scoring. Lawrence's 26-yard reception set up his own 15-yard touchdown run to the left side.
Distributing the ball to eight different receivers, Quaterius Hawkins completed 8-of-9 passes for 130 yards and three scores.
"Once 8 (Quaterius Hawkins) got some of the rust off, the ball was jumping out of his hand," Burnette said.
With subs playing most of the second half, the Rams' running game didn't get a lot of work. Lawrence carried twice for 36 yards to lead the way.
"We played fast in the backfield," Burnette said. "I thought our backs ran hard."
Regaining possession off of a DC turnover, the Rams wrapped up the scoring on Morris Washington's 15-yard run with 13:29 remaining.
Bastrop's starting defense had a short night, allowing only one first down. Nevertheless, Burnette was pleased with the linebackers' play.
"Robeyone Williams, I thought, played well," Burnette said. "He's new to his spot, but he's doing a good job of being vocal," Burnette said. "Robeyone and T.J. Blanch set the tone for what we wanted to do defensively. I think it makes our second team linebackers so much better, having good examples to follow."
From Burnette's viewpoint, one area that still needs some work is the defensive line.
"The defensive line is still a work in progress," Burnette said. "We have a lot of new people there. As far as knowing what to do, they have done a good job of learning. They just have to get better at what they are doing."
PREGAME CEREMONY: Bastrop honored its three state championship teams (2005, 2006, 2007) between games. Four banners — one commemorating each team and another recognizing the trifecta — were uncovered on the side of the fieldhouse.
"We need to do a better job of understanding our history," Burnette said. "We have had some great teams and great players come through here. It's a way of giving back to those teams and to coach Brad (Bradshaw). We have a template to follow. Hopefully, we can get some banners up there with our players."
RAM HORNS: The Rams came out in their new uniforms Friday night, donning navy jerseys and new helmets, complete with Ram horns. Bastrop last used the Ram horn decals (as worn by the Los Angeles Rams and Colorado State) in the late 1970s or perhaps the early '80s.
Bastrop also has new sets of white and charcoal jerseys.
NEXT: Bastrop opens regular season play Friday night in New Orleans against Carver at 7 p.m.
"The next one counts," Burnette said. "What I want the kids to understand is we have to pull the good and bad out of the jamboree. We can't be overconfident and start taking plays off."
The game is a homecoming of sorts for Burnette, a former Bastrop wide receiver who went on to a stellar career at Tulane.