Richwood (0-3) at Bastrop (3-0), Friday, 7 p.m.
Opening a two-game homestand Friday at 7 p.m., the Bastrop Rams line up against the Richwood Rams.
The two teams have started the season in opposite directions.
Decimated by the loss of a big senior class from last year's Class 3A state runner-up team, Richwood is 0-3. Bastrop, meanwhile, is off to its best start since 2012 at 3-0.
Nevertheless, Bastrop coach Adrian Burnette isn't looking past the R-Rams.
"Richwood still has speed and athleticism," Burnette said. "They took a big hit last year when they lost those seniors. They lost 25-30 seniors from what could have potentially been a state championship team. Coach (Robert) Arvey will have them coached up."
Regardless of the records, Burnette is aware of the history of the series. In what has become a typical Bastrop-Richwood meeting, the B-Rams pulled away late for a 38-17 victory last season.
"For some reason, Richwood always plays us tough," Burnette said. "They seem to have our number. We're going in with the mindset that we better be ready to play four quarters, and hopefully come out on the positive side."
Burnette says Bastrop can expect to get Richwood's best shot, once again.
"It's no different than us playing Neville," Burnette said. "Richwood sees us as a team they are always on the verge of beating, yet somehow we wiggle out, just as we see Neville. So close, yet so far. Every year, you try to play your best against Neville. Every year, Richwood and Franklin Parish play their best against us."
"Their record may not show it, but Richwood has an outstanding team. Coach Arvey will have them prepared."
Richwood's losses have come at the hands of Ouachita (34-2), Shreveport Northwood (38-8) and Franklin Parish (24-8).
Running backs Benny Davis and Dankquarius Johnson, quarterbacks Michael Sherman and Ashley Holmes and wide receiver Lydell Jones lead Richwood offensively.
Nose guard Geor'Terrius Spivey, tackle/end Jacerius Lenard and linebacker D'ontavius Moore are the R-Rams' defensive mainstays.
Bastrop has notched wins over Carver (20-19), Airline (18-13) and Calvary Baptist (41-6).
Senior quarterback Quaterious Hawkins, a three-year starter, makes the B-Rams go offensively.
A vastly-improved offensive line featuring Carterius Johnson, James Carter, Carter Ellison, Quandarious Rhodes and Terrion Morgan has led to a more balanced attack.
Bastrop is banged up defensively. End T.J. Blanch is expected to miss his second straight game while linebacker Robeyone Williams and strong safety Phillip Jackson are listed as questionable.
Jaden Davis has intercepted passes in consecutive games to set the tone defensively. Among the B-Rams' other defensive standouts are tackle Denterrius McHenry and strong safety C.J. Mullins.
RED OUT: As part of a Tribute to Delta Night, the game has been designated as a red out. All fans are asked to wear red T-shirts.
POLL: Bastrop cracked the top 10 in this week's Louisiana Sports Writers Association state poll for the first time this season. After receiving votes the previous two weeks, the Rams are ranked No. 10.
District 9-4A rivals Edna Karr, the two-time defending state champion, and Warren Easton are ranked 1-2.
Rounding out the poll are St. Thomas More at No. 3, Lakeshore at No. 4, Shreveport Northwood at No. 5, Leesville at No. 6, North DeSoto at No. 7, Neville at No. 8 and Plaquemines at No. 9.
TAILGATING SPACES: Tailgating areas for the Richwood game are available for $50. Additional spaces may be purchased for $25. Fees cover tailgating only. Wrist bands will be sold for $10.
Bastrop will play its homecoming game against Alexandria Menard on Friday, Sept. 28. Tailgating spaces are available for $100; $50 for each additional block.
To purchase a tailgating spot for either game, see Ms. Ramey in the BHS Student Services Office.