Airline (1-0) at Bastrop (0-1), Friday, 7 p.m.

 

Bastrop's path doesn't get any easier this week as the Rams open their home slate against Bossier City Airline on Friday at 7 p.m.

Listing 100-plus players on their roster, the Class 5A Vikings are 1-0 following a 30-0 victory over Class 3A Union Parish.

Bastrop, meanwhile, came out on the short end of a 20-12 decision in New Orleans last week vs. Carver.

Brad Fream, the Vikings' 6-3 quarterback, connected on 16-of-23 passes for 184 yards against the U, including a 41-yard touchdown to Coby McGee on fourth-and-seven, and a 16-yard TD toss to Nate Fullilove. Cameron "JoJo" Davis paced the ground troops with 13 carries for 94 yards and a touchdown. Thomas Williams added 36 yards and a score on seven rushing attempts while catching two passes for 32 yards.

"Airline is big up front on both sides of the ball," Bastrop coach Adrian Burnette said. "They are an experienced team. Offensively, they have a good understanding of the system and execute it well."

Linebacker Zylon Newsome, an All-District 1-5A honoree in 2016, leads the Vikings defensively, along with DB Jaylyn Thomas.

"They have good athletes on defense, especially outside," Burnette said.

Against Carver, Bastrop got off to a fast start. Quaterious Hawkins' 45-yard pass to A.J. Fenceroy on the Rams' first possession led to Christian Smith's 5-yard touchdown reception on fourth-and-goal.

With the score knotted at 6 in the final quarter, Carver scored two quick touchdowns midway through the fourth quarter to open up a 20-6 lead.

Fenceroy's 6-yard TD reception brought the Rams within 20-12 with 5:43 remaining.

Turnovers and penalties — not necessarily in that order — undermined the Rams.

"Offensively, we got into a couple of bad situations," Burnette said. "We had a touchdown and multiple big plays called ball.

"We just have to play a little better, and hopefully the outcome will be different this week."

Overall, Burnette was pleased with the Rams' defensive play.

"Our defense played great, even when we were backed up in our own red zone," Burnette said. "I was really excited to see how hard and fast our defense played. They played with a lot of enthusiasm, which is something I want to bring back to our defense."

PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: Running back Desi Holmes and cornerback Phillip Jackson were recognized as the Rams' Players of the Week.

Holmes' 75-yard kickoff return set up the Rams' second touchdown.

Jackson intercepted a pass and forced a fumble, which he also recovered, to set the tone defensively.

FAMILIAR FACES: Airline head coach Bo Meeks and assistant Bryan Garrett are part of Bastrop football history. Meeks was the offensive coordinator for the Rams' 2005 and 2006 state championship teams, while Garrett served as offensive line coach. Both left for Mangham when Meeks accepted the head coaching position following the second of Bastrop's three straight state championships in '06. Meeks has also held the head coaching job at Calvary Baptist, which visits Bastrop in Week 3.

Meeks' uncle, Dickie Meeks, was Bastrop's head coach in the 1980s, and his grandfather, Joe Meeks, is a former Prairie View head coach.

Chase Cox, a Prairie View alumnus, is the Vikings' head wrestling coach.