The Northeast defense earned its second shutout of the season on Friday and its offense scored just enough to earn the Vikings an 8-0 District 6-2A victory over Dunham at home in Pride.
“The defense has progressed better than I thought they would at this point,” said Northeast coach Dave Masterson, whose squad lost 10 of 11 players from a year ago. “The offense had a complete overhaul and we did it relatively late, so you’re seeing some of the growing pains with the offense. This is just week four. Hopefully, we’ll get a little better. We’re playing for down the road with the offense.”
The Vikings held Dunham quarterback Matt Williams, who had completed 82 percent of his passes entering the game, to two completions in 11 attempts for 11 yards.
Northeast’s Leroy Roddy and the defensive line harassed Williams constantly. The senior defensive tackle also had two sacks and three tackles for losses as the Tigers managed only 120 yards of offense.
Meanwhile, Northeast did what it needed to win, scoring early in the fourth quarter by taking advantage of a short field. Quarterback Marqueon Minor connected with wideout Grovante Stewart with a 25-yard scoring pass and then connected with Tyriq Kelly for the two-point conversion.
The Vikings will travel Oct. 2 to Christian Life, which defeated Mentorship Academy 42-6 on Friday to improve to 3-1 overall and 1-0 in District 6-2A.
Broncos shocked by Calvary
The Zachary Broncos, ranked fourth in Class 5A, went to Shreveport looking to win against Calvary Baptist, but what they got was a lesson in humility from the defending Division III state champions.
Calvary running back Kordavion Washington scored four touchdowns and quarterback Jake Bartley added two, as the Cavaliers rolled to a 42-28 victory over the Broncos in Shreveport before a national ESPNU audience.
The loss dropped the Broncos to 3-1.
“We never did get into the flow of the game,” Zachary coach David Brewerton said after the game. “It was a weird game. We had about six seniors go down, and we hadn’t lost one all season. But Calvary absolutely deserved to win that contest.”
Quarterback Lindsey Scott Jr. continued his stellar senior season, scoring on runs of 18 yards and 1 yard and connecting with Charles Peroyea on an 83-yard score. Scott completed 13 of 22 passes for 198 yards against the Cavs. The Broncos’ Braylan Jones also scored on a 28-yard run.
Zachary returns to action Friday with a nondistrict game at Dutchtown, which improved to 3-1 with a 38-12 win over South Terrebonne a week ago. The District 4-5A schedule will begin with an Oct. 9 showdown at Scotlandville.
ZHS runners finish 7th, 14th
Zachary was the host team at the Battlefield Cross Country Festival at Port Hudson State Historic site Saturday. The girls team finished seventh, while the boys squad finished 14th.
Catholic High won the boys title and St. Michael won the girls out of a 15-team field.
Jeffery Kelley, of Catholic, was the top individual boy, and Alicia Stamey, of Episcopal, won the girls overall title.
John Paul Hardin paced the Broncos, finishing fifth overall (16:49.40) on the 3-mile course, while Zachary’s Rhagan Rider finished 14th overall in the girls division with 21:50.60.
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