Bastrop (1-0) at Airline (0-1), Friday, 7 p.m.
Facing their first road test of the season, the Bastrop Rams visit the Class 5A Airline Vikings on Friday night. Starting time is 7 p.m. on the Airline campus in Bossier City.
Coming off of a 20-19 season-opening victory over New Orleans Carver, the Rams are striving to reverse last year's 0-2 start. Airline won last year's matchup 27-26 at Ram Stadium.
"Airline was one of those games on our schedule from last year that slipped away from us," said Adrian Burnette, Bastrop's second-year head coach. "That was probably one of the first games that my youthfulness as a head coach showed. There were a couple of situations that I put us in and a couple of situations I didn't get us out of. I am going to make sure I correct my mistakes and I am asking the same thing from our players.
"We are going to make our corrections, let our talent take over and hopefully be successful Friday night."
Surprisingly, the Rams ran the ball on 38 of 59 plays against Carver despite the absence of starting running back Kyrese Lawrence.
"We came into a situation against Carver where we wanted to be a run-heavy team," Burnette said. "We are going to come out in this game, see what type of team we need to be and do what we have to do."
Bastrop rushed for 208 yards and passed for 120 last week.
Cartavious Allen carried 21 times for 94 yards in his first varsity start.
"For Cartavious Allen to be able to come in and play a whole game for us was big," Burnette said.
Burnette is hoping Lawrence (ankle) will be available against the Vikings.
Quaterius Hawkins completed just 8-of-21 passes for 120 yards against Carver, but three of his passes went for touchdowns. Hawkins was particularly effective with his feet, rushing for 77 yards on 11 carries, including a key 37-yard pickup late in the game.
Christian Smith caught three passes for 64 yards and a pair of scores and Calvert Johnson had two receptions for 40 yards, including a 22-yard TD grab.
End T.J. Blanch led the way for the Rams defensively.
Airline is coming off of a gut-wrenching 30-27 loss to Union Parish last week in Farmerville. The Farmers scored the game-winning touchdown with 33 seconds remaining.
Brad Fream and left-hander Jordan Gladney split time at quarterback for the Vikings, headlining a deep group of skill players.
With 117 players listed on its roster, Airline has a decisive advantage in depth. Burnette says the Rams will dress out 53.
"Having that many kids on the roster gives you immediate depth, and they do a good job with it," Burnette said. "They usually run two backs with three wide receivers. Sometimes they go with four receivers. They have a big fullback and they use three or four running backs."
Among the Vikings' offensive playmakers are wide receiver Daniel Moore and running backs Adrian Brooks and Thomas Williams.
Tackle Jacoby Bailey leads the Vikings defensively.
Friday's game marks the front end of a two-game northwestern swing for the Rams. Next Friday, the Rams play Calvary Baptist in Shreveport.
BASTROP TIES: Bo Meeks, the offensive coordinator for Bastrop's 2005 and 2006 state championship teams, is the Vikings' head coach. Brian Garrett, the Rams' offensive line coach in 2005 and 2006, is an assistant football coach and head girls track coach.
Chase Cox, a Prairie View alumnus, is head coach of Airline's highly-successful wrestling program.