Bastrop's Green, Loche has what it takes

Coach Brad Bradshaw and the Bastrop Rams know a little bit about winning football games. <br><br> With a 24-2 record over the past two seasons and trips to the quarterfinals both years, Bradshaw and the Rams can attribute the success of the program to a pair of top-flight performers.

Linebacker Rogers Loche (pronounced Lock) and tailback Marcus (Mar-Shay) Green have been mainstays in the BHS lineup since they were freshmen.

 

A program that has produced three NFL players in the last decade and sent over 50 players to play college football in eight years under Bradshaw, Loche and Green may rank among the most highly recruited of the bunch.

 

"They're doing all right," Bradshaw said. "Just trying to get ready for spring football on April 28."

Green, who rushed for 1621 yards on 198 carries and 21 touchdowns in his first-team, all-state junior season, is a little slimmer than most schools would like. At 5-10, 170-pounds, Green isn't exactly a "speed burner" according to Bradshaw. However, his swivel hips and shifty moves leave defenders grasping for air.

 

"He is quicker more than he is fast," Bradshaw said. "Is he a speed burner? No. But his ability to run the ball and gain yards is very good. His ability to change direction, his quickness and his vision are his strong points."

 

Green accounted for 2,156 all-purpose yards as a junior. In addition to his 1600-plus rushing yards, Green caught nine passes for 81 yards and a touchdown, returned 14 punts for 317 yards and three scores and returned six kickoffs 137 yards for another TD. In an opening round playoff game against Tioga, Green scored six touchdowns including three rushing, one receiving, one on a kickoff return and returned a punt for another. Bradshaw said Green could play on either side of the ball but will likely be offered an offensive position at the next level.

 

Marcus Green and Rogers Loche were each named Class 4A All-State.

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"Someone will give him a chance to play tailback at the next level," Bradshaw said. "he could be an excellent cornerback and he catches the ball pretty well out of the backfield and could play wideout or in the slot. I definitely think he will go to college on offense."

 

As for Loche, the knock on this first-team all-stater is he is a bit of a tweener. Loche (6-0, 220) is a bit short to hold down a middle linebacker spot and is a little to heavy to play outside or at safety. Bradshaw has said some schools like Loche possibly as a future safety. With 4.56 speed, the realm of possibility for Loche's future at safety seems possible, but Bradshaw said he doesn't foresee it.

 

"I don't think he could ever play safety," Bradshaw said. "He will be 240 pounds when he gets to his full plzying size. He has stayed around 220 pounds, but he is only 16 years old. And he is a young 16. He will come out of high school at 17 years old."

 

In his junior season, Loche recorded 71 tackles, six for losses and 4.5 sacks. He also picked off a pair of passes, returning one for a touchdown. He was also a first-team, Class 4A all-state pick.

 

As for their future goes, Bradshaw said both will be able to choose their own path.

 

"They both have awfully full mailboxes," Bradshaw said.

 

Both Green and Loche attended LSU Junior Day. Bradshaw said Green anticipates visiting Miami and Oklahoma while Loche has gotten a great deal of attention from Texas A&M and Auburn.

 

"Rogers don't say much about it, but I know he has looked into A&M," Bradshaw said. "They are both going to visit Ole Miss and I think one of them is looking to visit one of the California (USC/UCLA) schools."

 

As for academics, Bradshaw said both are in good shape with their core and are close on their test scores.

"They are only a few points away," he said. "But they each have only taken the test once."


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