The Bullfrogs will see a different Rams defense this season as compared to last year. But Lawrence said no matter what defense a team runs, it still has to tackle consistently to be successful.
“The bottom line for our defense is we will have to tackle better than we have, and we have to get off the field,” he said. “We switched to a 4-2-5 defense because of what happened against them last year.
“This is a game we need to win, and you could call it a ‘must win’ situation. Hopefully, with the work we have done and the schemes we have come up with will work.”
Offensively, the Rams are hoping junior quarterback Caleb Acosta turns in another strong performance. Last week against Castleberry, Acosta completed 12 of 19 passes for 194 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
“Caleb did a good job in the passing game last week,” Lawrence said. “That TD pass he threw to Chris Rapp was an absolute bullet.
“Hopefully, Caleb will build off of last week’s performance and our passing game will continue to improve.”
The Rams had a statistical setback in their normally strong running game last week – gaining just 60 yards on 20 carries – but part of that was due to the fact that Acosta was hot and the receivers were getting open.
Lawrence feels the running game will need to get back to how well it performed in the last three non-district games in order to beat the Bullfrogs.
“Without a doubt our passing game was helped by our recent success in the running game,” Lawrence said. “Of course it all starts up front with (offensive linemen) Enrique Gamboa, Jacob Pilkington, Aaron Hite, Trent King and Jacob Boyd, and those guys are playing well. Also doing a great job blocking are our tight ends and slot backs McCain Mason, Ty Tarver and Patrick Folkner.