Broncos look to trim Live Oak after OT win against Yellow Jackets

Football, as the old saying goes, is a game of inches, and Zachary’s team has experienced the agony of defeat and the joy of victory in the past couple of weeks, seemingly by the smallest of margins.

The Broncos battled fourth-ranked Scotlandville for much of their District 4-5A opener before falling in the final seconds on a short pass play in a 24-21 loss but bounced back with last week’s thrilling 35-34 victory over Denham Springs in overtime.

The Yellow Jackets scored first in the first OT period on a 10-yard pass, but the extra point was pulled to the left. The Broncos responded with a 9-yard touchdown run by freshman quarterback Keilon Brown. Martell Fonenot’s point-after kick proved to be the difference.

“We were a little lethargic early on, but sometimes it takes five quarters to win,” Broncos coach David Brewerton said.

Braylon Jones led Zachary with 97 yards but was injured in the third quarter and didn’t return. Backup running back Titus Nelson picked up the slack with 80 rushing yards and three touchdowns, while Brown showed steady leadership, completing 15 of 20 passes for 158 yards and rushing for 80 more yards and two scores.

The win improved Zachary to 5-2 overall and evened its 4-5A record to 1-1 heading into this week’s league game at home against Live Oak. The Eagles are 5-2 overall and 2-0 in district after last week’s 17-14 win over Walker.

Northeast to host Capitol

Time is beginning to run short for Northeast’s football playoff hopes, but the Vikings will look to turn their season around with a strong finish which begins when they host Capitol on Friday at 7 p.m. in a District 6-2A contest.

Northeast fell to 2-5 for the season and remains winless in 6-2A after last week’s 50-14 loss against Episcopal. The Vikings jumped out to a 7-0 lead on a 56-yard touchdown pass play from Rashaun Steele to Keelyn Hogan, but the Knights dominated the game the rest of the way.

Capitol dropped to 0-7 overall and 0-4 in district after a 78-30 loss against Dunham last week.

Bronco swimmers finish second

The Zachary boys and girls swim teams each finished second in the final tuneup of the Capital City Swim League. The girls finished with 287.5 points to place behind St. Joseph’s (586), while the boys earned 361 points to finish behind Dutchtown (406).

Scoring first place finishes for the boys were Austin Wittig in the 100-yard freestyle (52.28) and the 100 breaststroke (1:04.92), the 200-yard medley relay team (1:49.53) and the 200-yard freestyle relay team (1:40.11).

The next meet is the CCSL Championship meet at LSU. Oct. 29-30. Visit crawfishaquatics.com for a full schedule.

Lady Vikings volleyball squad honored

The Northeast volleyball team was selected by the Capital City Board of Volleyball Officials as one of five winners of the sportsmanship trophy.

Dutchtown earned the overall regional award and is eligible for the statewide award while the Lady Vikings claimed the Division IV honor. Other winners were: Dutchtown in Division I; Central, Division II; Livonia, Division III; and Catholic Pointe Coupee, Division V.

ZHS runners fifth, 13th at Walker Shootout

The Zachary boys finished fifth out of 28 schools and the girls were 13th out of 20 schools at the annual Walker Shootout on Oct. 15 at Hutchinson Park in Walker. The Zachary boys earned 209 points while the girls tallied 332.

John Paul Hardin led the way for the Bronco boys with a ninth-place showing in 16:13.65. Also notching points for Zachary were Dominick Thomas in 41st place (17:26.45), Andrew Bennett in 44th (17:29.55), Easton Rish in 52nd (17:44.74), Jesse Kneisler in 77th (18:12.57), Christopher Bennett in 82nd (18:20.94) and Benjamin Grice in 86th (18:25.22).

Haley Zweigle paced the Zachary girls with a 59th place showing in 21:50.90). Other top finishers included Kylie O’Brien in 69th (22:14.72), Caroline Fontenot in 81st (22:42.49), Ali Brunson in 84th (22:57.54), Rebecca Day in 94th (23:26.16), Adley Bunch in 95th (23:30.85) and Kallista Buell in 112th (24:09.73).

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