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District title on the line as Zachary preps for Scotlandville

Zachary faces Scotlandville with 4-5A title on the line

When Zachary hosts Scotlandville on Friday, the District 4-5A title will be up for grabs between the two rivals.

Scotlandville enters the game 7-0 overall 4-0 in 4-5A while Zachary improved to 6-2 overall and 4-0 in district with last week’s 21-0 triumph over Central.

Zachary coach David Brewerton said he’s excited about the opportunity and the challenge the Hornets will bring to Bronco Stadium.

“Scotlandville is very athletic. I think everybody knows that,” Brewerton said. “But they are also well-coached. There is plenty of rhyme and reason to what they do. There is a lot to prepare for.”

Scotlandville has been dominant in 4-5A so far this season and had a bye week to prepare for Friday’s contest. In league play, the Hornets have scored 44.5 points per game while giving up just over 14 points.

Meanwhile, the Broncos relied on a stingy defense and the effective running of Daweshi Sanders to pitch a 21-0 shutout victory over Central a week ago.

The Bronco defense collected seven sacks and also intercepted three passes and held the Wildcats to 155 yards of total offense including just 32 yards rushing. Sanders rushed for a game-high 115 yards and three touchdowns.

“(Sanders) has really come on the last two weeks,” Brewerton said. “He’s running the ball hard and our offensive line is playing well in the run game right now.”

The Broncos will close out the regular season on Nov. 3 at home against Belaire.

Northeast fighting for playoffs

Northeast had its chances but could not capitalize in a 17-14 loss to the Dunham School in a key District 7-2A clash last week. The Vikings dropped to 1-3 in 7-2A and 4-3 overall with the loss heading into this week’s matchup with Church Academy.

Trailing 10-6 in the fourth quarter, the Vikings scored on a 15-yard TD run by Rashaun Steel and the two-point conversion run by Tyriq Kelly for a 14-7 lead. But Dunham rallied on a 52-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Mike Williams to Derek Stingley for the go-ahead score with five minutes remaining.

“I was so proud of us defensively,” Northeast coach David Masterson said. “They played lights out and with a ton of heart. (Defensive coordinator) Coach (Johnny) Felder had them well-prepared. On the other side, we shot ourselves in the foot.”

Northeast faces a Church Academy team that is 0-8 overall and 0-4 in 7-2A. The Vikings will conclude the regular season at home against East Feliciana on Nov. 3.

Bronco runners 6th, 8th

The Zachary girls cross-country team finished sixth and the boys were eighth out of a total of 17 teams at last week’s East Baton Rouge Metro championships.

The girls scored 155 points to place behind winner St. Joseph’s Academy’s 24 points, St. Michael (51), Episcopal (95), Live Oak (132) and University High (145). The boys finished with 197 points behind winner Episcopal (19), Catholic High (53), Live Oak (124), St. Michael (139), West Feliciana (146), Dutchtown (147) and Denham Springs (186).

Ashlyn Davis paced the girls with a 21st place showing in 20:25.80 while the boys were led by Benjamin Grice in 22nd place in 16:55.70.

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