Excitement is building in Morehouse Parish as the Bastrop Rams gear up for potentially great 2018 football campaign.

Bastrop coach Adrian Burnette enters his second season at the helm of the Rams’ football program. Bastrop returns a strong nucleus from last year’s team as the Rams are looking to improve from last season’s overall record of 5-5 and District 2-4 record of 2-1.

In Bayou Jamb 2018, the Rams claimed an impressive 29-13 victory over state power the Sterlington Panthers.

On offense, senior quarterback Quaterius Hawkins (6’0”, 180 pounds) returns for his third season to lead the Rams’ offensive attack. Joining Hawkins in the Rams’ offensive backfield will be senior running back Kyrese Lawrence (5’8”, 172 pounds).

Hawkins was the 2017 All-District 2-4A offensive Most Valuable Player while also earning a spot on the 2017 Louisiana Sports Writers’ Associations (LSWA) Class 4A Honorable Mention Team.

Senior wide receiver Christian Smith (5’8”, 170 pounds) leads a talented Bastrop receiving core that will feature junior wide receiver A.J. Fenceroy (5’7”, 148 pounds), senior wide receiver Calvert Johnson (6’2”, 165 pounds) and wide receiver Jordan Mansfield (6’1”, 160 pounds).

Smith, a returning first team All-District 2-4A Wide Receiver, was a 2016 Louisiana Sports Writers Association Class 4A All-State first teamer after catching 57 passes for 853-yards and 13 touchdowns in his sophomore season.

The Bastrop offensive line will consist of junior left offensive tackle Cartarious Johnson, senior left offensive guard Quan Rhodes (5’11”, 281 pounds), junior center Carter Ellison, junior right offensive guard James Carter and junior right offensive tackle Terrion Morgan (6’1”, 220 pounds).

Ellison is a returning All-District 2-4A first teamer from last season while James Cart and Quan Rhodes earned spots on the All-District 2-4A honorable mention team in 2017.

On defense, Bastrop will utilize a 4-3 defensive alignment to keep opposing teams from scoring.
Junior defensive end Denterrius McHenry returns to the lead the Rams’ defensive line. McHenry will be joined by defensive tackle O’Larious Johnson, sophomore defensive tackle Jordan Doaty (5’7”, 227 pounds) and junior defensive end Markel Peoples (6’2”, 195 pounds).
McHenry earned a spot on the 2017 All-District 2-4A first team in his sophomore season.
The Bastrop linebacker core will consist of senior outside linebacker T.J. Blanch (6’1”), junior middle linebacker Germany Powell (5’8”, 205 pounds) and junior middle linebacker Robeyone Williams. The Rams secondary includes senior strong safety Charles Mullens (5’10”, 180 pounds)), senior free safety Phillip Jackson (5’9”, 175 pounds), cornerback Jabez Thompson and cornerback Robert McDaniel.

McHenry, Blanch, and Jackson are all returning All-District 2-4A first teamers on defense from a season ago.
Bastrop opens its 2018 regular schedule by hosting the G.W. Carver Rams out of New Orleans on Friday, August 31. Bastrop will be looking for a measure of revenge against Carver as both teams met twice in 2017 with G.W. Carver claiming a 20-12 win in week one and a 50-24 victory in the Class 4A bi-district round of the playoffs.
The Rams will take to the road in weeks two and three as Bastrop travels to Bossier City to battle the Airline Vikings on Friday, September 7 and a takes trip to Shreveport to face Calvary Baptist Cavaliers on Friday, September 14.

In weeks four and five, Bastrop will open a two game home stretch by hosting the 2017 Class 3A LHSAA State Runner-Up Richwood Rams on Friday, September 21. On Friday, September 28, the Holy Savior Menard Eagles will travel to Bastrop for key non-district contest.
Bastrop will travel to New Orleans to face Class 5A’s Brother Martin Crusaders on Friday, October 5 before having a open date in week seven before opening its District 2-4A schedule.
The Rams will open its 2018 District 2-4A by hosting the Franklin Parish Patriots on Friday, October 19.
Bastrop will close out its 2017 regular and District 2-4A schedules with back-to-back road games against the West Ouachita Chiefs on Friday, October 28 and the Neville Tigers on Thursday, November 1.

BASTROP RAMS SIDEBAR
Bastrop Head Coach: Adrian Burnette (2nd Season)
Bastrop Assistant Coaches: William Harris, Michael Sistrunk, Randall Mackey, Frank Bailey, Jerry Ford, Darren Anderson, Tony McNeal, Jacoby Williams, Korea Davis, Earl Thaxton and Brad Bradshaw.
Bastrop Home Football Stadium: Bastrop High School Rams’ Stadium (Natural Grass)
Sterlington Panthers’ Past Five Seasons:
2017 Overall Record: 5-5 District Record: 2-1 (District 2-4A Second Place, Bi-District Playoff Qualifier)
2016 Overall Record: 5-6 District Record: 2-3 (District 2-4A Fourth Place, Bi-District Playoff Qualifier)
2015 Overall Record: 10-3 District Record: 4-1 (District 2-4A Runner-Up, Quarterfinal Playoff Qualifier)
2014 Overall Record: 6-5 District Record: 3-1 (District 2-4A Runner-Up, Semifinal Playoff Qualifier)
2013 Overall Record: 3-8 District Record: 1-3 (District 2-4A Fourth Place, Regional Playoff Qualifier)
State Championship Season(s): 4 – 1927, 2005*, 2006, 2007
State Runner-Up Season(s): 1 – 1940
State Semifinalist Season(s): 10 – 1927, 1940, 1942, 1946, 1954, 1998, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008
State Quarterfinalist Season(s): 11 – 1997, 1998, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2015
State Playoff Seasons: (31 playoff appearances / 1927, 1939, 1940, 1942, 1946, 1954, 1963, 1971, 1973, 1974, 1977, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017)
Playoff Record: 35 wins – 27 losses

* Bastrop had to forfeit the 2005 Class 4A State Championship due controversial ineligibility questions over players who were displaced by Hurricane Katrina, even though the Rams defeated Breaux Bridge at Shreveport’s Independence Stadium.