One more win.
That’s all the Zachary Broncos need to advance to their first Class 5A state championship game in the Mercedes Benz Superdome next week.
For the second straight season, Zachary has advanced to the semifinals. The second-seeded Broncos will host sixth-seeded Parkway at 7 p.m. Friday in Bronco Stadium.
Zachary is on a roll with nine straight victories including playoff wins over Sulphur (54-32), Dutchtown (35-14) and most recently, a 55-27 win over Hahnville. Quarterback Lindsey Scott Jr. passed for four touchdowns and ran for three more in the lopsided triumph Nov. 27 over the No. 7 seed.
Scott completed 17 of 23 passes for 305 yards and rushed for 153 yards on 17 attempts.
Zachary is the highest-seeded team remaining in the playoffs.
“You want to show a progression in your program, so being in the semifinals for the second straight year and being able to host is huge,” second-year coach David Brewerton said. “It’s a great opportunity for us. At the same time, we know how good Parkway is and what a challenge this will be.”
Parkway, which will travel to Zachary from Bossier City, is 12-1 this season, and like the Broncos, can score a lot of points in a hurry. Coach David Feaster’s Panthers are riding a 10-game winning streak and beat Natchitoches Central (46-14) and Acadiana (55-28) before last Friday’s 49-34 triumph over third-seeded Destrehan in the playoffs.
The Panthers have been scoring an impressive 41.7 points per game while giving up an average of 21.2 points. Their only loss this season was 56-21 to Evangel, which just lost to Catholic High 27-21 in the select school playoffs.
Parkway missed the playoffs a year ago after going 8-2, but was forced to forfeit five games for using an ineligible freshman backup quarterback. In 2013, the Panthers lost to Acadiana in the state championship game 77-41 as the No. 2 seed. The previous two years they lost in the quarterfinals and regionals, respectively.
Leading the high-octane offense is quarterback Keondre Wudtee, a Louisiana Tech commitment. Alongside is athlete C.J. Morgan-Walker, who is committed to Mississippi State. Morgan-Walker plays cornerback on defense and various positions on offense. The defense is anchored by a stellar linebacking corps led by Lloyd Cole and Ryan Black.
ZHS boys swim to 13th place
The Zachary boys swim team finished in 13th place at the recent Division I championships at the SPAR Aquatics Center in Sulphur. The Broncos scored 42 points in the meet, which was won by Catholic High with 445 points. The Zachary girls also competed at the meet, but didn’t place in any events.
The team of Collin Dupuy, Austin Wittig, Schyler Mire and Garrett Rushing earned 22 points with an eighth-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle relay. The team of Mire, Wittig, Dupuy and Rushing earned 14 points with a 10th-place finish in the 200-yard medley relay and the team of Alex Yoes, Rushing, Wittig and Mire finished 14th in the 400-yard freestyle relay to earn six points.
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