Before junior quarterback Lindsey Scott Jr. led his Zachary Bronco teammates to a 39-21 victory over Live Oak on Friday night, fans in Bronco Stadium were treated to a big surprise.
For the first time ever, Zachary’s players dressed out in special camouflage jerseys, which resembled the fatigues worn by U.S. National Guardsmen, for the District 4-5A battle.
“It’s an advertisement for the National Guard and to show patriotism by showcasing those students that have already joined,” Sgt. First Class Loretta Dunn said. Dunn is a high school recruiter for the National Guard, and Zachary is one of her assigned high schools. Dunn, who also shot free T-shirts from an air cannon into the stands during the game, she said the special jerseys could become an annual event.
Two Broncos, senior running back Bryan Bradford and junior linebacker Ronald Turner, have joined the National Guard and were recognized during the game for their commitment.
Bradford is the son of Sgt. First Class Andrew Bradford, an instructor with Zachary’s Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps. Bryan Bradford enlisted in the Junior ROTC as a junior and attended basic training camp for two weeks last summer. After graduation, he’ll attend military occupational specialty training then will attend college on a full tuition exemption and the G.I. Bill.
“When Bryan came home from basic training this summer, he was more apt to take a leadership role,” Zachary’s first-year coach David Brewerton said.
Turner, who has been recovering from a broken leg sustained during spring practice, joined the National Guard just a couple weeks ago, and he will attend his basic training camp next summer.
Dunn said that as part of their commitment, Bradford and Turner also attend weekend drills once a month in addition to the two weeks in the summer.
She also said other schools around Louisiana will participate in the jersey promotion throughout the football season.
On the field Friday night, Scott accounted for 335 yards of offense and scored four touchdowns to help lead Zachary to its fourth straight win. The Broncos are 4-1 overall and 2-0 in district. Junior receiver Douglas Coleman caught seven passes for 110 yards, including a 27-yard TD pass for the Broncos.
Homecoming is this week for Zachary, which faces Plaquemine in a 7 p.m. nondistrict game at Bronco Stadium. A pep rally starts at 10:30 a.m., with the homecoming parade rolling at 3 p.m. Students will have early dismissal at 11:45 a.m.
Northeast continues to roll
Northeast stayed undefeated for the season Friday, needing only two first-half touchdowns in a 12-7 win over Dunham in a District 6-2A game.
The first score came when Andrew Snowden intercepted a pass at the Dunham 28, and Marqueon Minor later completed a 1-yard TD pass to Marvin Minor.
The second TD occurred after the Vikings got the ball right back after recovering the kickoff and a penalty. Marqueon Minor scored on a 6-yard quarterback keeper.
The win improved Northeast to 5-0 overall and 2-0 in district. The Vikings are off this week and return to district action at Capitol on Oct. 17.
Zachary competes in SJA meet
Zachary’s boys and girls cross country teams recently finished 17th and 24th in their respective divisions at the St. Joseph’s Academy Invitational at Highland Road Park. Zachary High’s John Paul Hardin finished ninth among the boys in 16:30. His time was just 29 seconds behind the boys’ winner. The Broncos will compete in the Catholic High Invitational on Saturday at Bronco Stadium.
Howard Arceneaux covers sports for The Zachary Advocate & Plainsman. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org