High-flying Zachary High clashes with John Ehret’s dominant defense for Class 5A state title _lowres

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE -- Zachary running back Terry Sullivan hits a hole behind blocker Kelton Hollins on friday night against Catholic.

Through two games this year, one thing is for sure about the Zachary Broncos: They are an offensive juggernaut.

After last week’s 41-26 win over Catholic and a 56-34 opening triumph on the road over Wilkinson County, Zachary is averaging 48.5 points per game.

Led by senior quarterback Lindsey Scott Jr. and a talented supporting cast, the Broncos are averaging 542.5 yards of offense, including averages of 304.5 yards rushing and 238 yards passing per game.

Scott, the reigning Class 5A Most Valuable Offensive Player, has been putting up some all-world stats. In the two games, he’s completed 27 of 38 passes for 476 yards and seven touchdowns. He also has run 272 yards on 26 carries and four touchdowns.

East Ascension, which plays in District 5-5A like Catholic High, enters Friday’s game at 1-1 after defeating Thibodaux 21-18 on Sept. 11 and suffering a 23-0 loss to Denham Springs on Sept. 4.

The nation will get a chance to see the Broncos in action on Sept. 25 when they travel to Shreveport to face Calvary Baptist. The game will be broadcast beginning at 7 p.m. on ESPNU. Calvary Baptist, now a Class 2A school, won the past two Division III select state titles.

Northeast faces Glen Oaks

What a difference a week makes as Northeast improved to 1-1 last week with a 26-0 victory over Class 3A opponent Baker, a turnaround from the 55-6 drubbing by Class 5A Walker a week before.

The Vikings aim to keep the momentum going as they travel to face Glen Oaks, their second-straight District 6-3A opponent this week. The Panthers improved to 1-1 with last week’s 18-6 triumph over Broadmoor after a season-opening 24-12 loss to Belaire.

Against Baker, Tyriq Kelly finished with 124 yards on 12 carries and caught two touchdown passes from Marqueon Minor to lead the Vikings. Kelly also ran for a touchdown and a two-point conversion. Quinshaw Kelly added 55 yards on 16 carries, and Roman Parker scored on an 8-yard run.

Zachary swimmers make splash

Zachary boys and girls swim teams finished second and third, respectively, at the Capital City Swim League’s tip-off meet Sept. 12 at the Crawfish Aquatics pool in Baton Rouge.

Dutchtown (440 points) placed ahead of the Zachary boys, who earned 322 points. Earning first-place finishes for the Broncos were Austin Wittig in the 100-meter breaststroke, 200-meter medley relay and 200-meter freestyle relay teams.

Second-place finishers were Collin Dupuy in the 200 individual medley, Garrett Rushing in the 50-meter freestyle and Schyler Mire in the 100 butterfly. Third-place finishers included Dupuy in the 100-meter freestyle and Jack Dixon in the 100-meter fly.

University High (360.50) and Dutchtown (344) finished ahead of the Zachary girls (311). Zachary’s Evie Linton won the 500-meter freestyle.

Third-place finishes were earned by Brianna Berthelot in the 50-meter freestyle, Ellen Manuel in the 100-meter butterfly, plus the 200 medley relay, 200 freestyle relay and 400 freestyle relay teams.

Hardin paces Broncos in cross country meet

The Zachary boys placed eighth out of 15 teams at the Round Table Cross Country Run at Highland Road Park on Sept. 12.

St. Paul finished first with 73 points, followed by Jesuit (88), John Curtis (95), Brother Martin (96) and Episcopal (170). Zachary tallied 296 points.

Hardin finished in eighth place with 15:58.62 as John Curtis’ Devyn Keith was first across the finish line in 14:56.12.

The Zachary girls finished 15th with 429 points. St. Joseph’s Academy won with 58 points.

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