Bastrop High Summer Football Report
Bastrop High quarterback Quaterius Hawkins, wide receivers Calvert Johnson and Christian Smith and defensive back Phillip Jackson returned home Monday after attending camp at McNeese State.
Hawkins has been offered by the Cowboys, along with ULM, Arkansas Pine Bluff, Prairie View A&M and Alcorn State among others.
Johnson and Smith, a 2016 All-State selection who has rejoined the Rams after attending Alexandria Senior High in the spring, are also attracting interest.
Burnette is confident Jackson will eventually be offered, as well.
"It's the same conversation with everybody," Burnette said of Jackson. "They love him, they're just afraid of his height. It's up to me to sell him as a football player, which is exactly what he is. I'm not sugar coating anything or lying. I understand what (the recruiters) are saying, but if you want a football player, Phillip Jackson is the best football player you are going to get."
All four were at practice Monday afternoon as the Rams began their first four-day week of strength and conditioning workouts (Monday-Thursday). Up until this point, they had been skipping Wednesdays.
In an effort to work around the schedules of varsity players, Burnette has flip-flopped practice times. Freshmen now report at 10 a.m. with sophomores and up working out at 3 p.m.
"It's been inconsistent," Burnette said of the Rams' summer attendance. "It's not to the point where we have the same ones missing every day. We'll have one or two missing one day, and one or two another day."
Summer school and jobs have been the main reason for the absences.
"We live in a community where the kids are doing what they have to do," Burnette said. "Some kids have to work. I don't see any kids missing just because they don't feel like coming to practice.
"That's why we moved our (varsity) practices to 3 in the afternoon, so we can get more kids up here. Being out in the heat, we have to be careful and slow practice down sometimes."
Monday, August 6 marks the first official day of preseason practice.
BAYOU JAMB tickets are available at the fieldhouse for $12, which covers all six games. Tickets for the two-day event will be $15 at the gate.
The complete Bayou Jamb schedule at ULM's Malone Stadium:
Friday, August 24 — St. Frederick vs. Jonesboro-Hodge, 6 p.m.; Sterlington vs. Bastrop, 8 p.m.
Saturday, August 25 — Jena vs. Ouachita Christian, 1 p.m.; Mangham vs. Oak Grove, 3 p.m.; Ouachita vs. Ruston, 5 p.m., Neville vs. West Monroe, 7 p.m.
SEASON TICKETS: Anyone interested in purchasing BHS season passes may contact Burnette at the fieldhouse.
MJH WORKOUTS: Any sixth or seventh-grade student at Morehouse Junior High, eighth-grade student at Bastrop High or sixth, seventh or eighth-grade student at Morehouse Magnet, who intends to play football at Morehouse Junior High, is required to report for weight lifting and conditioning.
Workouts are held Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. until noon at the Morehouse Junior High Stadium.
For more information, contact coach Kevin Thomas at 281.0776.