Zachary’s third-seeded football team will face a familiar opponent when it travels Friday to meet No. 19 Denham Springs in a second-round Class 5A playoff game.
The Broncos are 10-1 this season with 10 straight victories, including last week’s 53-27 triumph over Airline. The Yellow Jackets are 7-4 this season and earned their first playoff victory in 25 years by defeating Woodlawn 34-7.
The two teams are District 4-5A rivals, and after trailing at halftime, ZHS rallied for an exciting 28-24 triumph over DSHS earlier in the season.
The Broncos rolled to the 4-5A championship with a 6-0 district record, one game ahead of the second-place Yellow Jackets.
Against Airline, receiver Shyron White took over for injured starting quarterback Lindsey Scott Jr., combining with running back Braylon Jones for three rushing touchdowns. White also hit Jones with a 23-yard scoring pass as the Broncos rolled to a 27-7 halftime advantage over the Vikings and coasted to the victory. Defensive back P.J. Cannon also scored on a 59-yard fake punt.
Northeast to host Pickering in playoff
Fifth-seeded Northeast will play at home for the second straight week Friday against 12th-seeded Pickering in a Class 2A playoff contest.
Coach Dave Masterson’s Vikings relied on a stingy defense to notch a hard-fought 14-6 win over District 6-2A rival Capitol in the first round. That victory pushed Northeast to 8-2 for the season.
Pickering improved to 8-3 this season after a 37-20 triumph over DeQuincy in the first round. The Red Devils of coach Lane Cook finished 3-2 and tied for second in District 3-2A.
The Vikings held Capitol to 109 yards of total offense and led 2-0 at the half after notching a safety in the second quarter. NHS added scoring runs of 1 yard by Marqueon Minor and 7 yards by K.J. Robinson in the second half, keeping the Lions out of the end zone except for one third-quarter 23-yard TD pass.
Coach Almond building on hall-of-fame career
Zachary’s new basketball coach Kenny Almond is one of the Baton Rouge region’s most successful coaches ever, and he continues to build on his hall of fame career. Coming into the season, which started Monday, Almond has a career record of 876-388, a total that ranks seventh nationally.
Almond’s teams have been a fixture at the state championship tournaments throughout the years, and he won three state titles during his tenure at Woodlawn. He also has four state runner-up finishes to his credit.
Almond was recently honored as Louisiana’s Mr. Basketball (given to someone who has made a significant, long-term contribution to basketball in Louisiana) by the Louisiana Association of Basketball Coaches. The Broncos were 9-19 in 2013-14 and did not make the Class 5A playoffs.
Swimming, cross country at state meets
The Zachary cross country team competed Tuesday in the Louisiana High School Athletic Association’s State Meet at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches while the swim team is slated for the LHSAA State meet Thursday through Saturday at Sulphur’s SPAR Aquatic Center.
The ZHS cross country teams are fresh from high finishes in the BR Metro meet: The boys were fifth and the girls were eighth.
For Zachary’s swimmers, the prelims for Division I competition are scheduled for 4 p.m. Friday and the finals are set for 4 p.m. Saturday.
Visit athletics.zachary schools.org for a full schedule of ZHS sporting events.
Thanksgiving basketball camp sets dates
The Coach Kenny Almond Thanksgiving Basketball Camp is scheduled for Nov. 24-26 from 9 a.m. to noon each day. The camp is open to ages 8-14 with the cost at $50 per camper.
Instruction will be provided by Zachary’s basketball coaches and players with an emphasis on fundamentals and fun. Make checks payable to Kenny Almond, head coach, Zachary High School, 4100 Bronco Lane, Zachary, LA 70791 and include your youth’s T-shirt sizes.