Bastrop (2-2) at Menard (3-1), Friday, 7 p.m.
Winners of two straight, the Bastrop Rams (2-2) take on the Holy Savior Menard Eagles (3-1) on Friday night. Kickoff time is 7 p.m. in Alexandria. The game will be broadcast live on 92.3 FM with James Green and Jessie Devall calling the action.
Menard opened the season with wins over Bolton (42-14) and Buckeye (21-13) before bowing to Avoyelles 59-28 in Week 3. Regrouping, the Eagles put together their best offensive game to this point in a 56-12 triumph over University Academy of Cenla.
"Menard is playing some good ball right now," Bastrop coach Adrian Burnette said. "They have some pretty good size up front. It's not going to be an easy matchup for us. Hopefully, the momentum we have built up will take us through this game."
Quarterback Jonathan Viator, left tackle Jacques Roy, wide receiver/cornerback Colin Roberts and outside linebacker Andrew Lemoine are among the Eagles' top players.
Recovering from an 0-2 start with losses to Carver (20-12) and Airline (27-26), the Rams have evened their record at the expense of Calvary Baptist (45-30) and Richwood (38-17).
Bastrop got off to a slow start last week due in part to penalties and turnovers.
"I don't want to say we struggled because that would take away from what Richwood was doing," Burnette said. "Richwood played some good ball, and played better than us early on. Once we started figuring it out and going back and forth with them, we kind of pulled away toward the end."
Bastrop was flagged 17 times for 132 yards, 11 of which were for false starts or defensive encroachment.
"We have to figure out ways to clean up the penalties," Burnette said. "We're not going to be perfect, but we want to get as close as possible."
Wide receiver SirQuan Hawkins was the Rams' catalyst last week with eight receptions for 218 yards and a trio of touchdowns. Among the other key offensive players are right tackle Chancelor Johnson and running back Desi Holmes.
Bastrop allowed only one defensive touchdown while coming up with eight turnovers, including a pair of interceptions by free safety Lawrence Moore Jr. Other defenders to watch for the Rams include ends Germany Powell and Denterrius McHenry and linebacker T.J. Blanch.
Bastrop returns home next week to face New Orleans Brother Martin in its final pre-District 2-4A tuneup. The Friday, Oct. 6 game will serve as the Rams' annual "Pink Out" game to promote breast cancer awareness.