Bastrop 46, Menard 6
ALEXANDRIA — Quaterius Hawkins threw three touchdown passes to three different receives as Bastrop built a 32-0 halftime lead on its way to a 46-6 triumph over Holy Savior Menard on Friday night.
Bastrop turned the ball over on downs at the Menard 45 on its first series before scoring on five straight possessions.
Quaterius Hawkins connected with Calvert Johnson, Bobby Smith and SirQuan Hawkins as the Rams took a 19-0 advantage early in the second frame.
"Quaterius looked real comfortable tonight," Bastrop coach Adrian Burnette said. "He threw three touchdown passes, and should have had five."
Later in the second quarter, Quaterius Hawkins scored on a bootleg from 8 yards out, and Kyrese Lawrence raced 85 yards to paydirt as the Rams' lead swelled to 32-0.
Touchdown runs by Bobby Smith and Desi Holmes wrapped up the Rams' scoring.
"We worked a lot of young guys in tonight," Bastrop coach Adrian Burnette said. "It's always good to be able to get those guys some playing time."
Christian Smith, meanwhile, saw limited action.
"Christian has been sick, so we just went ahead and took him out," Burnette said.
Smith was in long enough to break off a 50-yard punt return.
Game stats were not readily available. However, Burnette said Calvert Johnson had a big game.
"It was nice to see Calvert Johnson catching some balls," Burnette said of Johnson, who scored on an 8-yard slant and hauled in a 60-yard post.
Burnette also singled out Jabez Thompson among the receivers.
"Jabez Thompson made a nice catch in traffic, then made a guy miss," Burnette said.
As far as Burnette is concerned, Bastrop had more highlights on the defensive end than on offense. It all starts with linebacker T.J. Blanch.
"T.J. Blanch was in a lot of places tonight, especially on the first series," Burnette said of the converted defensive lineman. "I think he's kind of getting comfortable at linebacker."
For the second straight game, Bastrop's starting defense did not yield a touchdown.
"Overall, the defense has been playing well. Ever since the goal line stand against Calvary (a 34-20 Week 3 win), they have been playing lights out."
Kintrae Robinson forced two fumbles and ends Denterrius McHenry and Germany Peoples logged two sacks apiece for the Rams. C.J. Mullens also turned in another strong outing in the secondary.
Among the backups, sophomore linebacker Dylan Owens caught Burnette's attention.
"Dylan Owens came in and played very well," Burnette said.
Lawrence Moore Jr.'s stretch of bad luck continued Friday night. In a 38-17 Week 4 victory over Richwood, the free safety's 99-yard interception return was erased due to an illegal block on the return. Against Menard (3-2), Moore had a kickoff return taken off the board due to another flag.
Bastrop (3-2) closes out District 2-4A play at home Friday night against New Orleans Brother Martin. Fans are encouraged to wear pink for the Rams' annual game to promote Breast Cancer Awareness.