Bastrop 45, Calvary Baptist 30
Quaterious Hawkins threw for 387 yards with four touchdowns to four different receivers as Bastrop put a 1 in the W column with a 45-30 victory over Shreveport Calvary Baptist on Friday night.
Hawkins also made a big play with his feet, running for the game-clinching score with 1:27 remaining.
Leading 32-27 at the half, the Rams appeared to be headed for another shootout. In what has become an all-to-familiar scene for Bastrop's taste, the trend for the past several years is for the Rams to score a boat load of points only to fall short.
Bastrop's offensive output would not be wasted on this night. In fact, the defense is awarded a mythical game ball as the Cavaliers only had 3 second half points to show for three trips to the red zone. While Quaterious Hawkins' TD run accounted for the Rams' lone offensive points of the second half, Phillip Jackson's pick-6 swayedthe momentum.
Coming off of two competitive losses, Week 3 could be a turning point in the Rams' season.
"The kids have been working hard every week," first-year coach Adrian Burnette said. "We could easily be 3-0, but for the lessons we've learned, I'll take 1-2."
Naturally, Burnette is more concerned about how the Rams finish than the 0-2 start.
"Like I've said before, it's all about the big picture and where we are at the back end of the season," Burnette said. "When I was at Carroll (as offensive coordinator), we went from 1-9 the year before to 8-2 and the No. 4 seed in the playoffs. The season had been so easy, and we weren't accustomed to winning, and Bogalusa comes in as the No. 29 season and beats us."
Nothing has come easy for the Rams, thus far. And, yes, some of their early-season woes have been self-inflicted.
"One thing I like about this team is they know about getting punched in the mouth, tasting blood and getting back up," Burnette said. "That's cool with me."
Against Calvary, Bastrop received the opening kickoff and promptly marched 67 yards on 10 plays for a quick 6-0 lead.
A.J. Fenceroy's leaping, 20-yard catch on third-and-13 kept the drive alive at the Calvary 35.
After the Cavaliers were flagged for defensive holding, an unchecked Christian Smith took a pass across the middle at the 18 and bolted into the end zone untouched to open the scoring.
Capitalizing on a beneficial call, Calvary (0-3) responded with an 11-play, 65-yard drive.
On fourth-and-five from the Bastrop 46, Bastrop linebacker Germany Powell broke through for a sack and defensive tackle Xavier Whitmore picked up the loose ball with visions of a scoop and score. However, the down was replayed due to an inadvertent whistle.
Bastrop was then flagged for pass interference, moving the chains.
On third-and-12, Cade Hart connected with Will Derrick on a 37-yard TD aerial. Seth Stevens' extra point put the visitors in front 7-6 with 4:50 to play in the opening frame.
Both teams punted on their next series with the Rams starting their third possession from the 12.
Desi Holmes covered the final 37 yards of the six-play, 88-yard drive with a 33-yard reception and a 4-yard run as the Rams reclaimed the lead, 13-7, early in the second period.
Calvary regained the upper hand, 14-12, on Hart's 9-yard pass to Kordavion Washington.
Bastrop retaliated 39 seconds later as Holmes returned the ensuing kickoff 54 yards to the Calvary 43. From there, Quaterious Hawkins found Celento Traylor for the touchdown. T.J. Blanch's PAT brought the score to 19-14, Rams.
Blanch booted the kickoff into the end zone for a touchback, forcing the Cavaliers to start from the 20. A holding penalty brought on the punting unit, but Bastrop's offense eventually fumbled the ball away in Calvary territory at the 31.
Two plays later, Hart hit Washington out of the backfield for a 70-yard TD strike and a 21-19 Calvary lead.
Once again, Bastrop struck quickly.
Fenceroy returned a short kickoff 39 yards to the 37. Smith's spectacular, one-handed snag was good for 19 yards and a first down at the 18, and Holmes took a short pass near the left sideline and dived into the end zone to put the Rams up 26-21.
Continuing the offensive flurry, the Cavaliers retook the advantage by covering 55 yards on six plays.
Isaiah Brown returned the kickoff 37 yards to the Calvary 45. Frederick Davis III stretched out to make a diving 31-yard grab on third-and-six for a first down at the 20. Three plays later, Washington took a pitch to the left side to the house from 7 yards out, giving the visitors a 27-26 edge with 1:02 before intermission.
Bastrop was back on the board 35 seconds later.
Taking over at its own 42 after the kickoff, Quaterious Hawkins threw to Holmes for 23 yards, followed by a 35-yard TD toss to Sir'Quan Hawkins in the left corner of the end zone with 37 seconds to spare.
Calvary was soon back in Bastrop territory at the 18 before Blanch picked off a screen pass to preserve the Rams' 32-27 halftime advantage.
On to the second half, Calvary began its second drive from the Bastrop 9 after a low punt snap, settling for Stevens' 21-yard field goal.
Backed up to their own 14 following a short kick return and a false start, Traylor's 25-yard reception gave the Rams operating room at the 39, but the drive would soon stall.
Following Fenceroy's 44-yard punt and Derrick's 10-yard return, the Cavaliers set up at their own 30 with a chance to take the lead.
With the Cavaliers facing third-and-two, Jackson came down with a tipped pass and darted 46 yards to paydirt. Jackson's third interception of the season extended the Rams' lead to 38-30 at 3:37 in the third quarter.
Calvary's next series ended when Lawrence Moore Jr. pounced on a fumble at the Bastrop 16 following a long gain.
Bastrop was able to move the sticks twice before Fenceroy's 40-yard punt rolled dead at the 27.
Eight plays later, Mason Woodle's 11-yard reception on fourth-and-11 gave the Cavaliers a first-and-goal just inside the 10. An illegal participation penalty (12 men on the field) advanced the ball to the five. Shortly afterward, the Rams were flagged half the distance for off sides, bringing up second-and-goal at the 1.
Linebacker Robeyone Williams then made the first hit on back-to-back running plays, which resulted in a loss of one and no gain.
On fourth down, the Rams smothered the ball carrier at the line of scrimmage for no gain to take over on downs. Calvary had nothing to show for a 12-play drive which took five-plus minutes off the clock.
By the time the Cavaliers regained possession, the game was out of reach.
Starting from the 2 with 6:33 remaining, Bastrop got out of the hole immediately on Quarterious Hawkins' 44-yard pass to Calvert Johnson.
Six carries by Holmes, mixed in with a couple of off sides penalties on the Cavaliers, and a 13-yard catch by Sir'Quan Hawkins brought up third-and-goal at the 7 as the clock moved under the 2:00 mark.
An incomplete pass brought up fourth down. Dropping back to pass, Quaterious Hawkins scrambled to his left, spotted a seam to his right and took off for the end zone, increasing the margin to 45-30 with 1:27 remaining.
C.J. Mullens' interception turned the ball back over to the Rams, who ran off the final 51 seconds from the victory formation.
Bastrop will try to even its record Friday night at Richwood.