Bastrop 41, Calvary Baptist 6
SHREVEPORT — Bastrop's offense found its rhythm early in a 41-6 victory over Calvary Baptist on Friday night.
Inconsistent through the first two weeks of the season, the Rams clicked right away en route to building a 35-6 halftime lead.
"We played pretty well," Bastrop coach Adrian Burnette said. "I thought we did a good job, personnel wise, of running our offense. We showed our depth. We played four running backs, seven receivers and two quarterbacks, and not all of it was because of 'trash time.' It was because we have finally developed some depth."
Although it wasn't a flawless performance, Friday night's game was a step in the right direction.
"We still have some kinks we are trying to work out," Burnette said. "We are tying to make ourselves so much more balanced. We are still trying to get in rhythm with everything, and trying to get our young kids acclimated to how we do things."
Quaterious Hawkins threw three touchdown passes and ran for another. Jacari Covington's 97-yard TD catch and run highlighted the Rams' offensive effort. A.J. Fenceroy was responsible for two scores (one rushing, one receiving) and Calvert Johnson added a TD grab. Kyrese Lawrence rushed for the Rams' other touchdown.
Bastrop also displayed its depth on the defensive side. With T.J. Blanch missing the game altogether, and linebacker Robeyone Williams and strong safety Phillip Jackson playing limited snaps due to injuries, the Rams still held the Cavaliers to a single touchdown.
"Friday night was good from a defensive standpoint," Burnette said. "You're looking at three of our better five or six players not only on defense, but on the entire team. To be successful without those three playing a lot of minutes says something about our depth."
"We were able to get some younger guys some playing time. Somebody had to start for T.J. Blanch. It was a situation that will speed up their transition."O'Larious Johnson shared Blanch's reps at end. Jordan Doaty and Denterrius McHenry started at the tackles, with Markell Peoples remaining at the other end.
Robert McDaniel was outstanding in Jackson's absence.
"Robert's a long, rangy guy with good speed off the edge," Burnette said. "When he gets in the way, he makes a difference. He made the biggest play of the game to keep them from scoring right before the half."
With the Cavaliers (3-0) facing fourth-and-one from the 3, McDaniel made a solo stop on a reverse at the 1.
McDaniel finished with three tackles, one for negative yardage, and a sack.
Bastrop's defense had its way after the goal line stand, holding the Cavaliers scoreless in the second half.
"Speed has — and always will be — a big part of Bastrop High football," Burnette said. "The biggest difference from this year to last year is discipline. They ran a lot of misdirection, trying to catch us out of position. Their motion guy would flash and spin around. If you are not paying attention or focused, you could lose a guy or two. They did what they were supposed to do and were where they were supposed to be."
McHenry topped the Rams' tackle chart with seven tackles, three sacks and two tackles for lost yardage.
Jaden Davis intercepted a pass for the second straight week and Jabez Thompson added a pick.
Off to a 3-0 start for the first time since 2012, the Rams are home for the next two weeks. Richwood visits Friday night for Delta Night, with Alexandria Holy Savior Menard serving as the homecoming opponent on Sept. 28.