Zachary has a date with destiny.
For the first time, the Zachary Broncos football team will play for a state championship.
The team heads to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans on Saturday.
The Broncos, the second seed, will face ninth-seeded John Ehret High School for the Class 5A non-select state championship at 7 p.m., the final game of the Louisiana High School Athletic Association’s two weekends of championship football in the Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA Prep Classic.
On Friday, top-seeded Kentwood (13-0) will play No. 3 Haynesville (11-2) in the Class 1A final. Eighth-seeded Mangham (10-4) will face second-seeded Kinder (13-1) in the 2A final.
Saturday, top-seeded Lutcher (13-1) will battle parish rival 15th-seeded St. James (11-2) in the 3A final, and top-seeded Neville (13-0) will meet 14th-seeded Karr (9-4) in the 4A contest before the Zachary-Ehret matchup.
Zachary coach David Brewerton has experienced the electric championship atmosphere before. In 1990, he played on the Catholic High team that finished as the Class 4A runner-up. As a coach, he led Livonia to the 3A final in 2013, the year prior to taking the reigns of the Broncos’ program.
Zachary advanced to Saturday’s championship by overcoming a 20-13 halftime deficit with a second-half scoring blitz en route to a 41-27 victory over sixth-seeded Parkway in Bronco Stadium.
Senior quarterback Lindsey Scott Jr. provided the spark for the Broncos’ offense as it bounced back from three first-half turnovers and a blocked punt. Scott, who rushed for 265 yards, scored on runs of 24, 56 and 23 yards, and running back Terry Sullivan added 167 rushing yards and two touchdowns runs, including a 24-yarder that put the game out of reach in the fourth period.
With an effective ground game, Scott threw only 14 passes, completing five for 115 yards, including a 61-yard touchdown to Shyron White in the first half.
“It shows that we’re going in the right direction and that we’re where we want to be,” Brewerton said after the game. “This community is great academically, and now we’re great football-wise. But we want to win this thing next week.”
Zachary enters the game riding a 10-game winning streak that includes earlier playoff wins over Sulphur (54-32), Dutchtown (35-14) and Hahnville (55-27).
John Ehret is one of Louisiana’s traditional football powerhouses, winning Class 4A state championships in 1981 and 1985. The school has had an impressive list of former greats, including receiver Reggie Wayne, former quarterback Kordell Stewart and defensive lineman Drake Nevis.
After losing their first game of the season, the Patriots are 12-2, with eight straight victories including playoff triumphs over East Ascension (39-7), Live Oak (25-2), Ponchatoula (34-7) and Mandeville (7-6). During that win streak, the Ehret defense has averaged giving up just over six points a game, and for the season, the Patriots’ have given up an average of 9.8 points a contest with three shutouts. The defense gave up minus-34 yards rushing and sacked Mandeville’s quarterback seven times.
Head coach Corey Lambert has been at Ehret for 16 years, and his team plays a two-back spread offense and basic 3-4 or 5-2 multiple defenses. Offensively, the Patriots are led by quarterback Travis Mumphry and running backs Tyron Williams and Dejon Harris.
Locals playing in Red Stick Bowl
After playing for the Class 5A state championship on Saturday, several Zachary Broncos will play in the 2015 U.S. Army Red Stick Bowl on Dec. 20 at 2 p.m. in Olympia Stadium.
Wide receiver Douglas Coleman, linebacker Tywan Beardon, running back Terry Sullivan and tight end Cameron Carrier will play for the Rattlers squad.
Also on the Rattlers is Northeast defensive back Marqueon Minor.
Zachary High assistant coach Chris Carrier will coach the Rattlers’ defensive backs.
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