Burnette takes over proud Rams’ successful football program

“Change” is a word all too familiar for the Bastrop Rams’ football team.  After all, the 2017 Bastrop Rams seniors on the football team will see their fourth head coach in the past four years as Adrian Burnette inherits the head coach duties from Marcus Yanez, who like his predecessor Brad Bradshaw (in his second stint as head coach at Bastrop), was on the job for one season.

Even though the Rams’ head coach’s office might need to install a revolving door, Bastrop has made the Class 4A playoffs five consecutive seasons and nineteen out of the past twenty years so expectations remain the same for the 2017 Bastrop Rams – play hard and fast, win, and make a run in the playoffs.

Junior quarterback Quaterius Hawkins (5’11”, 160 pounds) returns to lead the Rams’ offensive attack.  Last season, Hawkins completed 184-of-355 passes for 2568-yards with 30 touchdowns and 15 interceptions.

 

The Rams’ leading rusher from 2016 also returns in senior running back Desi Holmes (5’4”, 145 pounds).  Holmes rushed for 639-yards on 100 carries and 5 touchdowns including 3 games rushing for over 100-yards.  Junior Kyrie Lawrence should provide some depth at running back.  Lawrence had 31 carries for 157-yards with 1 touchdown in 2016.

Bastrop returns their top receivers from last season including 2016 Louisiana Sports Writers’ Association All-State Class 4A First Teamer in junior wide receiver Christian Smith (5’6”, 147 pounds). In 2016, Smith scorched opposing defenses with 57 receptions for 853-yards and 13 touchdowns.

Senior wide receiver Lawrence Moore (5’9”, 170 pounds) and junior wide receiver Sirquan Hawkins (6’2”, 162 pounds) return and will join Smith to make up a experienced dangerous Rams’ receiving core.

Senior Chancellor Johnson (5’11”, 204 pounds), junior right tackle Zion Lawton, senior Chris Goldby and sophomore Xavier Whitmore will be counted on to anchor the Bastrop offensive line.

On the defensive line, Bastrop returns junior defensive lineman Quadarius Rhodes (5’10”, 260 pounds), who earned All-District honorable mention accolades his sophomore season.   Joining Rhodes on the Rams’ defensive line will be defensive lineman Xavier Whitmore, sophomore defensive end Denterrius McHenry and defensive tackle James Carter.

The Bastrop Rams’ defense returns junior linebacker Joseph Robinson, senior cornerback Marcus McClendon, junior free safety C.J. Mullins (5’10”, 170 pounds) and junior safety Za’Derrion Ridgell (5’7”, 150 pounds).

Junior Tristen Bayless returns at kicker while junior Christian Smith will be the Rams’ punter.  A.J. Fenderoy will be counted on to handle kickoff and punt return duties.

Bastrop will open its 2017 gridiron schedule on the road as the Rams will travel to New Orleans, LA to face the G.W. Carver Rams on Friday, September 1.

Weeks two and three will see the Rams at home as Bastrop host the Airline Vikings on Friday, September 8 and the Calvary Baptist Cavaliers on Friday, September 15.

Bastrop will hit the road for two games in weeks four and five.  The Rams will travel to Richwood to face the Richwood Rams on Friday, September 22 and head south down US Highway 165 South to Alexandria to face the Holy Savior Menard Eagles on Friday, September 29.

Class 5A’s Brother Martin Crusaders will come to Bastrop on Friday, October 6 in what has been dubbed a “Pink Out” to support Breast Cancer survivors.

The Rams will have a bye in week seven before traveling to Winnsboro to open District 2-4A action at the Franklin Parish Patriots.

Bastrop will close out its 2017 regular and District 2-4A schedules with back-to-back home games against the West Ouachita Chiefs on Friday, October 27 which will be the Bastrop Homecoming Game and the Neville Tigers on Friday, November 3 which has been dubbed Senior Night.

BASTROP RAMS SIDE BAR

Bastrop Head Coach: Adrian Burnette (1st Season)

Bastrop Assistant Coaches: Korea Davis, Earl “Skip” Thaxton, Marcus Yanez, Michael Sistrunk, Alexander Washington, Randall Mackey, Chris Kidd, Brad Bradshaw, Doug Caldwell.

Bastrop Home Football Stadium: Bastrop High School Rams’ Stadium (Natural Grass)

Sterlington Panthers’ Past Five Seasons:

2016 Overall Record: 5-6 District Record: 2-3 (District 2-4A Fourth Place, Class 2A State Champions)

2015Overall 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)

2012 Overall Record: 8-4 District Record: 2-2 (District 2-4A Third 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: (30 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)

Playoff Record: 35 wins – 26 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.