Bastrop (2-0) at Calvary Baptist (0-2), Friday, 7 p.m.
Off to its first 2-0 start since 2012, Bastrop visits the Calvary Baptist Crusaders on Friday night in Shreveport.
This marks the second straight trip to northwest Louisiana for the Rams, who defeated Airline 18-13 last week in Bossier City.
"We're sticking to the same schedule, just rewind," Bastrop coach Adrian Burnette said. "We'll leave at the same time, pack our bags at the same time, eat at the same restaurant and go on about our business."
While the Rams are 2-0, the Cavaliers are 0-2 with losses to Class 5A Byrd (35-8) and Union Parish (20-16).
Burnette says Calvary's record is meaningless.
"Personally, I think they are 0-2 not because of ability, but because of matchups," Burnette said. "Byrd is a triple option team from the Wing-T, and Union is basically the same. Those type of teams are not necessarily a good matchup for Calvary. Union has a good team this year. Their two losses have nothing to do with this Friday."
Both secondaries can expect to see their first true test of the season Friday night.
"This is probably the first time we are going to get tested in the air consistently," Burnette said. "Even though Carver was a spread team, they ran a lot of zone reads and got their quarterback involved in the running game. This is one of those old Evangel-type teams. They like to throw the ball around. Airline had some athletes, but they didn't have the ability to throw the ball around like Calvary does."
Through two games, the Cavaliers have passed for 376 yards while rushing for only 149.
Junior quarterback Cade Hart has completed 20-of-45 passes for 369 yards with three touchdowns and an interception.
Running back Isaiah Brown has rushed for 63 yards on 23 carries while leading the team in receptions with seven for 96 yards. Joseph Wilson has added 60 yards on 10 rushing attempts and three catches for 77 yards.
Rodney Hill (five receptions, 77 yards) and Mason Woodle (4-71) are the receivers to watch.
Brown sees double duty at linebacker.
Led by Cameron Thomas (10 tackles, 2 tackles for loss), Jeremiah Brown (7 tackles) and Eric Reed Jr. (7 tackles, 1 TFL), the secondary is the strength of the defense.
"Their two corners are pretty salty," Burnette said. "They are big, long guys. We played against them last year so we kind of know what to expect from them. They played well last year against us."
Burnette says Calvary's size presents a challenge for the Rams.
"They're big up front," Burnette said. "They're not as athletic as Carver or maybe even Airline, but they are bigger."
Bastrop won last year's game 45-30. Both teams went into the matchup 0-2 with young teams.
"They are clearly a different team than they were last year, and it's the same way with us," Burnette said. "This early in the season 0-2, 2-0, 1-1 really has no value. In some instances, it could be matchups. In some instances, it could be that they just haven't jelled yet. It's the same way with us offensively."
Though the Rams have shown flashes offensively, they have yet to hit their stride.
"We have the weapons, but whether it's drops, fumbles, overthrows or whatever, we just haven't gotten to where we need to be," Burnette said. "The best thing is we have established the running game. The other night (against Airline), we were more pass-oriented and we were just a bit off. But I'm not worried about Game 2. I'm worried about Game 12."
Quarterback Quaterious Hawkins and wide receivers Christian Smith and Calvert Johnson give the Rams a trio of proven playmakers.
Defensively, Phillip Jackson, C.J. Mullins and Jaden Davis had key interceptions.
Though the Rams came out of the Airline game banged up, Burnette expects to have everybody available against Calvary.
"We have a lot of bumps and bruises," Burnette said Tuesday. "The Airline game hurt us pretty bad. We'll line up with what we have, and play Friday night. We may not have everybody at 100 percent, but I don't see anybody, right now, that we are going to have to hold out."
HOMESTAND: Bastrop's next two are at home vs. Richwood (Sept. 21) and Alexandria Menard (Sept. 28). The Richwood game has been designated as a Red Out as part of Delta Night. Menard will serve as the Rams' homecoming guest.
Tailgating areas are available for both games. Cost for tailgating space is $50 ($25 for each additional spot) for the Richwood game and $100 ($50 for additional blocks) for homecoming night. Fees will not cover the cost of admission. Wrist bands are being sold separately for $10.
To purchase a tailgating spot for either game, see Ms. Ramey in the BHS Student Services Office.