Zachary can take a giant leap toward repeating as District 4-5A champions when they play host to Central on Friday in Bronco Stadium.

The Broncos took another step in that direction with last week’s 29-0 triumph over Live Oak. That win was welcomed after squeaking by 4-5A rivals Scotlandville (49-46) and Denham Springs (32-30) the previous two weeks.

Zachary (7-1) has won four straight heading into Friday’s contest, but ZHS coach David Brewerton knows any team in the league is capable of beating any other team, so his troops need to be ready for a battle each week.

“This district in pre-district had a combined record of 24-6, so there are some really good teams in this district,” said Brewerton. “We’re very pleased right now to be 3-0 and to be sitting atop the standings.”

While the Wildcats may not have as much overall talent as the Broncos, they more than make up for it with sheer determination.

Last week, Central held on for a 21-20 victory over 4-5A rival Denham Springs, pushing their record to 5-3 for the season and 2-1 in district, good for a three-way tie with Scotlandville and Live Oak.

The Wildcats are led by quarterback Gabe Brown and running back Xavier Lewis and a coach who occasionally likes to gamble. Against Denham, coach Sid Edwards got creative with a couple of pooch kickoffs and two onside kicks that his team recovered.

Brewerton’s first youth league coach was Edwards. He also was an assistant to Edwards at Redemptorist and Jesuit before becoming head coach at Livonia.

“I think it’s fair to say (the Broncos) are the standard-bearer in 5A now,” Edwards said. “I’ve heard people say Zachary has a lucky horseshoe, but I don’t see it that way.

“What I see is a talented team with a triggerman (quarterback Lindsey Scott Jr.) who’s as good as you’ll find. On top of that, you have a coach with the Midas touch.”

Scott threw for two touchdowns and completed 14 of 21 passes for 259 yards against Live Oak. One pass was 63 yards to Douglas Coleman and the other was 32 yards to Shyron White. Running back Terry Sullivan also scored on a 5-yard run, and Brad Jones had a fumble recovery in the end zone for the first Bronco TD.

Northeast in thick of 6-2A race

While Episcopal and Madison Prep face off for what will most probably be the District 6-2A title this week, Northeast will try to keep pace with the two league leaders when the Vikings host struggling Mentorship Academy for homecoming.

Madison Prep is 8-0 for the season and Episcopal is 7-1, but more importantly, both teams are 5-0 in 6-2A. In a tie for third at 3-2 in the league are Northeast and Dunham, a team the Vikings have already beaten 8-0 this season.

Coach Dave Masterson’s squad is coming off a 36-8 victory over winless Capitol, a victory that improved its season record to 5-3. Mentorship enters the game 0-8 for the season, including 0-5 in the league.

After Friday’s game, the Vikings will close out the regular season at home against rival East Feliciana on Nov. 6.

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