The Zachary football team travels to meet rival Scotlandville in a game that could have huge implications for the Broncos’ defense of their District 4-5A title. The teams last met in the quarterfinals of the 2014 Class 5A playoffs, with the Broncos rolling to a 41-26 victory. They also defeated the Hornets 41-7 in the regular season.

But that was a year ago. This year, the Broncos are again rolling behind the leadership of senior quarterback Lindsey Scott Jr.

Scott rushed for 202 yards and three touchdowns and passed for two touchdowns and 211 yards in a 44-34 tune-up win over Dutchtown on Oct. 2. That victory improved coach David Brewerton’s squad to 4-1 for the season.

Scotlandville, led by first-year coach Robert Valdez, defeated Ouachita-Monroe on the road last week, 39-20, to improve to 5-0 overall. The Hornets are paced by quarterback Levi Lewis, who leads a balanced offensive attack.

Northeast, Madison Prep tangle

Northeast faces one of its biggest challenges of the 2015 season when it hosts Madison Prep on Thursday in a key clash of District 6-2A leaders.

The Vikings improved to 4-1 for the season and 2-0 in the league with their fourth straight win, 46-12, over Christian Life Academy on Friday.

Meanwhile, Madison Prep continued its impressive undefeated run with a 37-20 win over East Feliciana that improved the Chargers to 5-0 for the season and 2-0 in 6-2A. MPA is led by quarterback Edwin Kleinpeter, receiver Tyrese Walker and running back Leslie Taylor.

“To me, this is what high school football in south Louisiana is all about,” said Northeast coach Dave Masterson.

Against Christian Life, quarterback Marqueon Minor had a hand in four first-half touchdowns as the Vikings jumped on the Crusaders early, coasting to a 40-6 halftime advantage. Minor scored on two short runs and tossed touchdown passes of 50 and 85 yards to Gravonte Stewart. The Vikings defense, which has notched two shutouts this season, scored on a 90-yard interception return by Quinshaw Kelly and a fumble recovery in the end zone by Joshua Cole. Tyriq Kelly added a 24-yard touchdown run.

Zachary swimmers 1st, 3rd

The Zachary boys finished first and the girls were third at the Capital City Swim League meet Oct. 2 at the Crawfish Aquatics pool. The boys finished with 382 points, ahead of Episcopal (340), University (241), West Feliciana (231) and Plaquemine (155).

Episcopal won the girls event with 461 points, followed by University High (376), Zachary (281), Dunham (172) and West Feliciana (148).

Leading the way for the Bronco boys were firsts by the 200-yard medley relay team, the 400 freestyle relay team and the 200 freestyle relay team; Austin Wittig, first, 100 breaststroke and third, 200 freestyle; Michael Sanford, first, 50 freestyle; Schyler Mire, second, 200 IM and 100 breaststroke; Collin Dupuy, second, 100 freestyle and third, 100 backstroke; Garrett Rushing, third, 50 freestyle and fifth, 100 freestyle; Cole Varnado, fourth, 500 freestyle; Alex Yoes, fifth, 200 freestyle and Jack Dixon, fifth, 100 butterfly.

The Bronco girls were paced by Ellen Manuel, third, 100 butterfly; Brianna Berthelot, fourth, 50 freestyle; the 200 freestyle relay team, fourth; the 400 freestyle relay team, fourth; and the 200 medley relay team, fifth.

ZHS runners 12th, 23rd in meet

Zachary’s cross-county teams competed in the St. Joseph’s Invitational last weekend, with the boys finishing 12th and the girls 23rd in what is traditionally one of the largest meets of the season.

The Zachary boys were 12th out of 46 teams as St. Paul’s of Covington took first place. John Paul Hardin paced the boys with a 10th-place finish in 15:32.50. The Lady Broncos were 23rd out of 31 teams and led by Rhagan Rider, who finished in 20:15.60 for 41st place. Host St. Joseph’s Academy claimed the team title for the girls.

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