Carver 50, Bastrop 24
NEW ORLEANS — Quarterback Izea Hurst threw three touchdown passes and ran for two more as the George Washington Carver Rams advanced in the Class 4A state playoffs with a decisive 50-24 victory over the Bastrop Rams.
Carver, the No. 16 seed, won a hard-fought 20-12 decision over Bastrop in Week 1.
In Friday night's first-round matchup at Joe Brown Stadium, Carver seized control midway through the second quarter and never let up.
Receiving the opening kickoff, the New Orleans Rams drove seven plays on 65 yards to grab the early lead.
Carver picked up a pair of first downs before Denterrius McHenry and Quandarious Rhodes combined to sack Hurst for a loss of six, setting up third-and-and 16 from the 37. Hurst then found an unchecked Gary Young for an easy touchdown as Carver went up 6-0.
Bastrop went ahead 8-6 on a 45-yard run by A.J. Fenceroy three plays into the second quarter.
Bastrop's only lead was short-lived as Hurst's 10-yard run put Carver up 12-8 with 7:55 to play in the half.
Regaining possession at their own 37 after the B-Rams went three and out, Carver manuevered 63 yards on just five plays. Hurst and Young connected again — this time from 11 yards out — as Carver opened up a 19-8 advantage.
Taking over on downs at its own 29, Carver tacked on a 22-yard field goal on the final play of the half to gain a 22-8 advantage.
Starting the second half on offense, the visiting Rams got back into the game as passes to Celento Traylor and Calvert Johnson set up Quaterius Hawkins' 2-yard touchdown run. Fenceroy's 2-point conversion brought the Rams within 22-16 at 9:16 in the third quarter.
Carver slammed the door from there, scoring on its next four possessions.
Setting up at the Bastrop 47 after the kickoff, the C-Rams were back in the end zone two plays later. Randolph Armstead's 29-yard scamper stretched the difference to 29-16.
Shortly thereafter, Dorian Jefferson's interception thwarted a promising Bastrop drive, leading to Keyon Clark's 46-yard touchdown reception.
Carver regained control at its own 42 after stopping Bastrop on downs.
Young then broke free for a 58-yard touchdown run to give the C-Rams a commanding 43-16 bulge with 19 seconds still to play in the third period.
An attempted reverse on the ensuing kickoff resulted in a fumble, enabling Carver to begin its next possession with a short field.
Two plays after the turnover, Hurst ran it in from three yards out to put Carver up 50-16.
Bastrop got back on the board on Desi Holmes' 45-yard run with 45 seconds remaining. Quaterius Hawkins threw to SirQuan Hawkins on the 2-point conversion, bringing the final to 50-24.
Bastrop closed out the season 5-5.
Carver (7-3) advances to play crosstown rival Edna Karr in the second round. Karr, the defending state champion and No. 1 seed, won a 35-6 decision over Carver in Week 4.