The third-seeded Zachary Broncos will face their second straight District 4-5A rival in the Class 5A playoffs when they host upstart No. 22 Scotlandville in a quarterfinal contest Friday at Bronco Stadium.
Scotlandville is the surprise team of the 5A playoffs so far and is the lowest-seeded team remaining.
The Hornets scored an 18-14 victory over 11th-seeded Ruston in the final seconds of the first round. Last week, they defeated sixth-seeded Thibodaux, 27-15.
Coach Ryan Robb’s Hornets were 4-2 in District 4-5A and are riding a five-game win streak.
Meanwhile, Zachary has won 11 straight games and went undefeated in District 4-5A, including a 41-7 victory over Scotlandville in September.
The Broncos have playoff victories over Airline (53-27) in the first round and Denham Springs (35-10) last week.
Against the Yellow Jackets, there was no question which team was the dominant force as the Broncos relied heavily on running back Braylon Jones, who rushed for 121 yards and two TDs, and quarterback Lindsey Scott, who completed 11 of 15 passes for 92 yards and scored on a 6-yard run.
The Broncos also scored when Chris Carrier took a lateral from Scott and tossed a 79-yard TD pass to Douglas Coleman, and later, on a 6-yard TD run by Trey Sullivan.
The winner of Friday’s game between Zachary and Scotlandville will advance to the semifinals to meet the winner of the game between 10th-seeded Mandeville and No. 15 Acadiana.
Northeast to meet E. Feliciana
Northeast will travel to Clinton for a crucial rematch with East Feliciana in a classic Class 2A quarterfinal playoff matchup Friday between a Vikings team that plays stingy defense and a Tigers team that relies on an explosive offense.
The two teams are familiar opponents — tying for the District 6-2A title with 4-1 league records. That one district loss on the Tigers’ ledger was against the Vikings, 16-14, on Northeast’s home field.
Northeast lost to Redemptorist 19-14 in the final week of the regular season, creating the deadlock.
Northeast started the season with six straight wins, but lost at Episcopal (31-0). Their defense has permitted an average of 11.5 points per game, and that trend has continued into the playoffs. Prior to its 24-15 win over Pickering, Northeast beat 6-2A foe Capitol in the first round 14-6.
East Feliciana’s other two losses were against Class 3A foe West Feliciana (28-14) and Zachary (49-8), and after a 1-2 start, they’ve gone 7-1 and are riding a three-game win streak.
East Feliciana has continued to score at an impressive pace. The Tigers pounded Oakdale last week 50-19 and walloped Lakeside 46-20 in the first round. They’ve scored more than 30 points seven times this season.
The survivor of Friday’s contest won’t have much time to celebrate, because next up will be the winner of top-seeded Many and No. 9 St. James in the semifinals.
ZHS cross country teams 22nd
Zachary’s boys were 22nd out of 47 teams and the girls were 22nd of 36 teams Tuesday at the Louisiana High School Athletic Association’s Cross Country Championships at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches.
Each team fielded seven runners with the top five positions counting toward the team’s score.
For the boys, John Paul Hardin was the Broncos’ top finisher in 47th place in 17.08.3 over the 3-mile course as the team finished with 600 points. Chandler Derouen was 116th in 18.09.0, William Heidke was 135th in 18.26.3, Jordan Kozar was 148th in 18:40.2, Andrew Bennett was 162nd in 18:52.3, Benjamin Grice was 172nd in 19:01.3 and Trevor Humphrey was 178th in 19:12.6.
In the girls’ 3-mile race, Rhagan Rider was 72nd in 22:17.6, Macie Howell was 134th in 24:04.3, Krislyn Bourgeois was 155th in 24:39.4, Ciara Gibbs was 175th in 25:03.9, Kyla D’Arensbourg was 177th in 25:09.4, Grace Ringe was 228th in 27:01.9 and Olivia Hurst was 260th in 29:21.9.
Bronco wrestlers earn medals
Five Bronco wrestlers earned medals at the recent Central tournament as Zachary placed sixth out of 31 teams. Earning medals for first place were junior Sam Johnson (145-pound class) and senior Chris London (285 pounds); second place, senior Nick Wallis (182 pounds); and third place, senior Brice Ortego (152 pounds) and junior Payton Wicker (195 pounds).
ZHS to host Herty Memorial
Zachary High School is hosting the annual John Herty Memorial basketball tournament Dec. 3-6. Boys and girls teams scheduled to compete from the area include Baker, Broadmoor, Dutchtown, East Ascension, East Feliciana, West Feliciana, McKinley, Madison Prep, Northeast, Port Allen and Woodlawn.