No. 4 seed Zachary hosts Mandeville in 5A playoff game

The Zachary football team earned the No. 4 seed and will host a first-round Class 5A playoff game against No. 29 Mandeville on Friday night. Kickoff is 7 p.m.

Coach David Brewerton’s Broncos secured his 100th career coaching victory, a 49-0 triumph over Belaire in the regular season finale. Brewerton is 100-36 as a head coach, including a 44-9 record at Zachary.

The Broncos enter the playoffs on a roll. They’ve won five straight games and finished their 4-5A schedule with a 6-0 league record.

Zachary had clinched its third District 4-5A title in four years with a 39-6 triumph over league rival Scotlandville a week earlier. The Broncos were dominant against district competition, scoring an average of 38.3 points per game while giving up 6.8 points per contest.

Against Belaire, quarterback Keilon Brown completed 9 of 10 passes for 125 yards and four touchdowns. Trae Shropshire had four catches for 67 yards and two touchdowns while Chandler Whitfield added three catches for 54 yards and two touchdowns. Brown also scored on a 63-yard run, and running back R.J. Allen led the Broncos with six carries for 75 yards and a touchdown.

Mandeville enters Friday’s game with a bit of momentum after an 0-3 start. Coach Josh Buelle’s Skippers then won four of their next six although they dropped the season finale against Covington, 27-7, and finished 4-4 in District 6-5A. The winner of Friday’s game will face the winner of No. 13 John Ehret and No. 20 Haughton.

Northeast earns playoff spot

Although Northeast ended the regular season with a disappointing 34-14 loss to District 7-2A rival East Feliciana, the Vikings secured a No. 12 seed for the Class 2A playoffs and will host No. 21 Port Allen. Kickoff is 7 p.m.

The Vikings started the season with three straight wins over higher classification opponents then managed a respectable 3-3 district record and are 6-3 overall for the season. Port Allen, which is also in 7-2A, outgunned the Vikings 42-34 earlier this season, but that game was later forfeited, giving Northeast the victory. The forfeit was because a player was not eligible at the time due to a paperwork error. That was the only game the ineligible player was counted, and the Pelicans have won two straight and enter Friday’s game 3-7 overall despite the forfeit.

ZHS tunes up for state meet

The Zachary Lady Broncos finished fifth overall and the boys were 10th at the Region 2-5A Cross Country Championships in Abita Springs. The girls finished with 168 points behind winner St. Joseph’s Academy (22), Mandeville (42), Live Oak (132) and Fontainebleau (142). The boys finished well off the pace with 254 points as Catholic High (43), St. Paul’s (52) and Mandeville (92) led the way.

Key individual efforts for the girls were: Ashlyn Davis, 18th place (20:24.0); Tameron Turner, 24th (21:23.20); Caroline Fontenot, 37th (22:34.70); Katy Mcdonald, 48th (23:05.00); Rebecca Day (23:07.70); Adley Bunch, 57th (23:38.00); and Kate Mestayer, 61st (24:07.70).

Top performers for the boys were: Christopher Bennett, 42nd (17:47.70); Andrew Bennett (17:53.50); Easton Rish, 51st (18:11.20); Jacob Vidrine, 56th (18:27.40); Corey Simpson, 62nd (18:41.00); Caleb Franklin, 65th (18:51.00); and Kyle Knight, 72nd (19:07.50).