Bastrop 29, Sterlington 13
MONROE — Quarterback Quaterius Hawkins and the Bastrop Rams put on an impressive offensive display en route to a 29-13 Bayou Jamb victory over Sterlington on Friday night at ULM.
Distributing the ball among six different receivers, Hawkins completed 15-of-23 passes for 190 yards and two scores as the Rams piled up 257 yards of total offense in the 24-minute contest.
Bastrop took command from the outset, building a 16-0 lead less then five minutes in.
Landon Green's opening kickoff rolled into the endzone, forcing the Rams to start from their own 20.
Hawkins quickly moved the Rams across midfield, completing his first three passes to Cartavious Allen for 13 yards, A.J. Fenceroy for eight and Jordan Mansfield for 18.
An incomplete pass brought up second-and-10 from the 36, but Hawkins connected on his next three tosses to finish the nine-play, 80-yard drive 6-of-7 for 70 yards.
Smith's 7-yard catch and Allen's 9-yard reception, followed by an off sides flag against the Panthers brought up first-and-five from the 15. Hawkins then hit Smith in stride across the middle of the endzone for touchdown.
Denterrius McHenry's snagged the 2-point pass as the Rams upped their lead to 8-0 with 8:29 to play in the first half.
Sterlington's first drive lasted only one snap as Jabez Thompson's fumble recovery turned the ball back over to the Rams' offense at the plus-31.
Bastrop needed just two plays to capitalize as Hawkins and Calvert Johnson hooked up on passes of 13 and 18 yards. Fenceroy's 2-point conversion grab widened the margin to 16-0 at 7:37 before the break.
Sterlington crossed into Bastrop territory on its second possession before C.J. Mullins' interception put the Rams back in business at their own 37.
Bastrop moved the chains on its next series, but a holding penalty brought up first-and-15 from its own 45. Justin Fuller then picked off a designed screen pass in the backfield, giving the Panthers a short field at the 31.
Sterlington converted instantly as Colvin recovered his own fumble, cut to his right and dashed to paydirt untouched. Germany Powell blew up a screen pass in the backfield on the 2-point conversion, enabling the Rams to maintain a 16-6 lead with 2:21 on the clock.
Setting up at its own 30 after the kickoff, Bastrop was back in the endzone 10 plays later.
With the Rams facing third-and-eight from the 32, Allen picked up a block from Johnson on the perimeter for a 28-yard reception.
Facing fourth-and-four from the 34, Hawkins found Allen again, this time for 29 yards and a fresh set of downs at the 5. Kyrese Lawrence took it in from there and Fenceroy punched the PAT through the uprights to give Bastrop a 23-6 advantage just 31 seconds before intermission.
Upon receiving the second half kickoff, the Panthers went three and out as Thompson and Rodarrious Moore stopped a second down running play for a loss of three and Mullins broke up a third-and-13 pass.
Taking over at their own 43 on the punt, the Rams were whistled for back-to-back false starts after facing fourth-and-one.
Layton Rainbolt's 60-yard punt return was wiped out by off-setting penalties, and the Panthers eventually started from their own 46 following the re-kick.
Jordan Doaty stopped a first down run for a loss of one. An incomplete pass later, J'veon Moore fell on a fumble to give the Rams possession.
Putting the game away, Bastrop methodically moved 41 yards on 11 plays, consuming 4:37 off the clock.
McHenry's 11-yard reception was good for a first down at the 5, leading to Lawrence's second touchdown run as Bastrop opened up a 29-6 lead with 3:25 to play.
Reid Handy covered the ensuing kickoff at the Sterlington 34.
Six plays later, Reagor broke through multiple tackles for a 31-yard touchdown jaunt. Landon Green's PAT wrapped up the scoring with 46 seconds showing on the clock.
MVPs: Bastrop quarterback Quatrerius Hawkins and Sterlington defensive end Justin Fuller were recognized as the game's MVPs during a brief postgame ceremony.
CAPTAINS: Tyler Kaffenberger, Colby Rivera and Trae Eddins were Captains for the Panthers, with Quaterius Hawkins, Carter Ellison and C.J. Colvin serving in the same capacity for Bastrop.
QBs: Brody Green and Hayes Crockett split time at quarterback for the Panthers with Green taking the snaps in the first half and Corckett at the helm in the second half.
J-H WINS: Jonesboro-Hodge won Friday's early game 13-7 over St. Frederick.
SATURDAY'S LINEUP: The Bayou Jamb concludes Saturday with four games at ULM's Malone Stadium. Jena and Ouachita Christian start the action at 1 p.m., followed by Mangham vs. Oak Grove at 3 p.m., Ouachita vs. Ruston at 5:00 and Neville vs. West Monroe in the 7 p.m. finale.
NEXT: Regular season play opens this week with Bastrop hosting New Orleans G.W. Carver and Sterlington entertaining West Ouachita on Friday night.