If pictures are worth a thousand words, then the image on the Mercedes-Benz Superdome’s big screen on Saturday was worth a million.
The camera focused on Zachary coach David Brewerton as he walked the Broncos’ sideline toward the end of the Class 5A nonselect state championship football game. A broad smile dominated his face because the second-year Zachary High coach knew victory was in hand.
This group of Broncos accomplished what no other football squad has done in the school’s history: They won their first state title on arguably the biggest stage in Louisiana prep football.
The game was as complete as the Broncos had played all year. Zachary forced three turnovers and capitalized with scores after each, breaking open a 13-12 halftime lead and steamrolling John Ehret, the No. 9 seed.
“God, I love this football team,” Brewerton said in the postgame news conference. “When I walked into the locker room at halftime … just the look on their faces was beautiful. They asked me all day long why I was so calm. It was because I knew what we had in our locker room. I knew these kids weren’t going to lose tonight.”
There were so many highlights this season:
The Broncos, the No. 2 seed in the playoffs, dominated in their five playoff victories. They averaged 46.2 points on offense while the defense limited opponents to 22.4 points per contest.
Lindsey Scott Jr., the Gatorade Louisiana Player of the Year, ended his career in fitting fashion, leading the Broncos’ offense by completing seven of 14 passes for 229 yards and three touchdowns to Shyron White (69 yards) and Doug Coleman (17 yards and 81 yards). The senior quarterback also ran for 87 yards and two more touchdowns.
Scott, who is committed to play next season at Syracuse, finished the season with 3,039 passing yards and 33 touchdowns along with 1,963 rushing yards and 28 touchdowns. How can you describe what Scott meant to the Broncos over the past two years?
The 34 senior Broncos who brought home the school’s first championship also deserve a mention. The past two seasons, they have dominated Class 5A football, last year going 12-2 and losing in the semifinals to eventual state champion Acadiana, 9-3.
This year, they went 14-1 with one hiccup against Calvary Baptist. Other than that, they were perfect and have not lost a District 4-5A game in two years. Some will go on to play collegiately, but for most, this was the pinnacle of their football careers. What a great stage to make an exit.
Brewerton and his coaching staff. “Coach Brew,” as he is affectionately known, is the hottest prep coach in the state. He guided Livonia to the Class 3A finals in 2013 and is 26-3 with the Broncos, including two straight district titles, never losing to a 4-5A opponent.
Ironically, Brewerton was a starting lineman on the Catholic High team that finished as the runner-up to Ruston in the 4A title game in 1990. His position coach was ZHS Principal Joe LeBlanc, and Zachary assistant coach Gerry Garidel was Catholic’s longtime defensive coordinator.
After the victory over John Ehret was complete on Saturday and the championship trophy secured, the Zachary players then ran to the student section to celebrate with their fellow students, parents and fans. They danced and high-fived and acted like champions.
It was a fitting conclusion to a season that will be immortalized in Zachary history.
Job well done, Broncos.
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