Brother Martin 28, Bastrop 25
NEW ORLEANS — Drew Martin's 9-yard pass to Brady Faust with three seconds remaining sent Brother Martin to a 28-25 victory over Bastrop on Friday night at Tad Gormley Stadium.
Setting up at its own 19 with 3:12 remaining after a Brother Martin punt, the Rams picked up a first down at the 35. Things would quickly go sour for the Rams as the Crusaders' Beau Ranlett forced a fumble and teammate Jacob Dickinson recovered at the 35.
Chris Smith's 12-yard run moved the chains to the 23.
On third-and-11, Martin delivered a 21-yard pass to Brady Faust, setting up first-and-goal from the three.
Bastrop backed the Crusaders up to the 9 on a sack, but Martin was able to spike the ball and stop the clock with three seconds left.
Martin then found Brady Faust a yard deep in the left side of the endzone for the game-winner.
Bastrop (5-1) opened the scoring on its first offensive series. Quaterius Hawkins' 64-yard pass to Christian Smith staked the Rams to a 6-0 lead with 8:23 to play in the first period.
Brother Martin (4-2) answered with LJ Gilyot's 13-yard reception early in the second quarter. Jack Landry's extra point gave the Crusaders their first lead, 7-6.
Bastrop quickly regained the upper hand, 12-7, on Hawkins' 18-yard pass to Christian Smith.
After a Brother Martin punt went for a touchback, Bastrop set up at the 20.
From there, Jordan Mansfield gathered in an 80-yard touchdown pass from Hawkins. A.J. Fenceroy's PAT upped the Rams' advantage to 19-7 with 4:50 left in the half.
Martin and Gilyot teamed up again just before time expired in the first half, this time from 13 yards out, to bring Brother Martin within 19-14.
Michael Faust's 55-yard pick-6 put the Crusaders on top 21-19 midway through the third quarter.
Two series later, the Rams took over at their own 48 after stopping the Crusaders on a fake punt.
On third-and-three, Fenceroy gathered in a 45-yard TD pass. Hawkins' fourth touchdown pass of the evening enabled the Rams to reclaim the lead, 25-21 with 11:08 showing on the clock.
Martin was 15-of-27 for 167 yards with three TDs and a pick to lead the Crusaders. Brady Faust caught seven passes for 75 yards, including the game-winner, and Gilyot made four grabs for 60 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Brother Martin managed only 69 yards rushing on 40 carries. Chris Smith, who rushed for 137 yards and two touchdowns in last year's 26-20 win at Bastrop, finished with a hard-earned 55 yards on 22 attempts.
Bastrop held the edge statistically, out-gaining the Crusaders 459-236.
Hawkins was 19-of-28 for 292 yards and rushed for a team-high 55 yards on 10 carries. Christian Smith was on the receiving end of eight passes for 90 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Bastrop has an open date Friday night before opening District 2-4A play at home vs. Franklin Parish on Friday, Oct. 19.