The Zachary Broncos football team, a consensus top five program in the state that is expected to challenge for the Class 5A championship, hosts West Feliciana High School in a jamboree contest Friday in Bronco Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
Zachary is coming off a 12-2 record last season after advancing to the state semifinals and losing 9-3 on the road at Acadiana, the eventual Class 5A champion.
Leading the way for the Broncos is senior quarterback Lindsey Scott Jr., the dual-threat quarterback who was MVP of Class 5A in the state, MVP of The Advocate’s All-Metro Class 5A-4A team and the District 4-5A MVP. He passed for 2,231 yards, 24 touchdowns and rushed for 965 yards and 15 more scores.
The defense is led by senior cornerback P.J. Cannon, a three-year starter who paced the team with four interceptions a year ago. Junior inside linebacker Donavan Perkins, who was all-district and second-team all-state a year ago, led the team with five sacks.
West Feliciana competes in District 7-3A and finished with an 11-3 record nearly a year ago. That mark includes a 23-15 semifinal playoff loss at Livonia, the eventual non-select state champion.
The Saints return eight players on offense and seven on defense who were starters or saw significant playing time last year.
Sophomore Derek “Skeeter” Turner is slated to start at quarterback in the Saints’ triple-option attack. The defense will be anchored by linebacker Hunter Smith, who was one of only two sophomores named to the all-district first team a year ago.
The Broncos open the regular season on the road at Wilkinson County Christian Academy on Sept. 4, followed by the home opener against Catholic High.
Vikings in Scotlandville jamboree
The Northeast Vikings travel to Scotlandville for a jamboree contest that is slated to begin at 7 p.m. Friday.
Coach Dave Masterson returns only six starters from last year’s squad, which advanced to the state semifinals for the third time in 12 years before losing to Many High School, 35-12.
The defense returns composite all-state defensive tackle Leroy Roddy while the offense is led by quarterback Quinshaw Kelly and tailback Tyriq Kelly.
Scotlandville lost to District 4-5A rival Zachary in the quarterfinals of the Class 5A playoffs 41-26 last season and finished the year 9-4. The Hornets are led by first-year coach Robert Valdez.
Broncos, Lady Broncos fall sports heat up
While football receives the lion’s share of attention during the fall, Zachary High teams are expected to compete for district and state championships in other sports, as well.
Volleyball, boys and girls cross-country and boys and girls swimming teams are all expected to showcase Zachary’s best athletes this fall.
The Lady Broncos volleyball team returns to action after last year’s squad advanced to the regional round of the Division I state tournament before falling to eventual state runner-up St. Joseph’s Academy.
Coach Madeline Blanchard Gugich’s squad begins the season at home at 5 p.m. Wednesday against Live Oak. The Lady Broncos will hit the road for the Broadmoor Varsity tournament Sept. 4-5 at Broadmoor High.
In cross-country, Zachary’s boys were 22nd out of 47 teams and the girls 22nd of 36 at the Louisiana High School Athletic Association’s Championships at Northwestern State University a year ago.
Junior John Paul Hardin returns to set the pace for the boys, while senior Rhagan Rider will lead the girls. Zachary will begin the cross-country season Sept. 12 in the Round Table Run hosted by Episcopal High at Highland Road Park.
The ZHS swim teams are coming off a solid performance a year ago when the boys finished 12th and the girls 15th out of 35 teams at the LHSAA state meet in Sulphur. Zachary swimmers will participate in the Kick Off Meet beginning at 7:30 a.m. Sept. 5 at Crawfish Aquatics in Baton Rouge.
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