Not even an incessant storm could “rain” on Zachary’s parade as the Broncos captured at least a share of the District 4-5A championship in convincing fashion.
The Broncos clinched their third 4-5A title in four years by overwhelming Scotlandville High, 39-6, last week.
The Hornets were 7-0 overall and 4-0 in district entering the game, but seven turnovers foiled their bid for the championship and handed the team its first loss. Meanwhile, the Broncos didn’t let the rain dampen their quest for the crown as they improved to 7-2 overall and 5-0 in 4-5A.
“When you have a rain game like this, special teams and defense were huge,” said Zachary coach David Brewerton, who seeks his 100th career coaching victory Friday against Belaire. “And then when we got a chance to hit some big plays, we did. My deal is this with our defense — they play fast and run great angles. If we get off the field on third down, we feel comfortable when our offense gets in the groove. That’s what happened tonight.”
Sophomore quarterback Keilon Brown rushed for 99 yards and completed 5 of 9 passes for 101 yards and a touchdown for the Broncos. Martell Fontenot booted three field goals, including 42 and 22 yards in the second quarter. A short time later, Christian Bell blocked a Scotlandville punt that rolled out of the end zone for a safety.
After the free kick, Brown connected with Kris Simmons on a 43-yard TD pass play. With 33 seconds left, Tyler Judson returned an interception for 30 yards and another score to make it 22-0 at the half.
Fontenot booted a 24-yard field goal in the second half, and Trae Shropshire and R.J. Allen added scoring runs in the second half for the Broncos.
Zachary will close out the regular season at home against district foe Belaire. The Bengals enter the game 2-7 and 0-5 in 4-5A after last week’s 30-6 nondistrict victory over Glen Oaks.
Northeast to host East Feliciana
While Dunham and Episcopal battle for the District 7-2A title this week, Northeast has plenty to play for when it hosts traditional rival East Feliciana in the regular-season finale for both schools.
With both teams likely headed for the playoffs, the Vikings and Tigers will be battling for bragging rights as well as higher seedings.
East Feliciana is coming off a 41-16 loss to Episcopal last week that dropped the Tigers to 4-5 overall and 3-2 in 7-2A. Northeast enters Friday’s annual rivalry game with a 5-3 overall record and 2-3 in 7-2A after last week’s 41-0 win over The Church Academy.
The Vikings jumped out to a 35-0 halftime advantage over The Church Academy as they held the visitors to 107 yards of total offense, including just 28 rushing. Meanwhile, the Vikings offense was sparked by three rushing touchdowns of 16, 2 and 64 yards by Curtis Keaton and another 3-yarder by Tyriq Kelly. Quarterback Ryshaun Steel completed 5 of 8 passes for 140 yards, including TDs of 40 and 56 yards to Jascent Scott.
Bronco swimmers 6th, 7th
The Zachary boys swimmers finished sixth, and the girls were seventh at the Capital City Swim League’s Championship last weekend. The Zachary boys finished with 119 points behind champion Catholic High’s 566. The ZHS girls ended up with 129 points as St. Joseph’s Academy won with 443 points.