Zachary football coach David Brewerton was in Shreveport last week serving as an assistant coach in the Louisiana High School Coaches Association’s East-West All-Star game at Independence Stadium.

Brewerton was invited to participate based on last year’s run by Livonia to the Class 3A championship game, where Livonia lost to Union Parish in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Brewerton was the Wildcats’ coach before accepting the Zachary position. The two teams in the LHSCA game were guided by coaches from 2013’s Superdome championship games.

“The players here were from all across the state, and they were nominated going back to last spring,” said Brewerton, who has enjoyed a remarkable first year in Zachary.

The LHSCA contest featured 72 players, 36 per side, and Brewerton said because it’s officially a college recruiting dead period, the players just enjoyed being around one another without any real pressure from trying to impress scouts.

“I’ve been involved with a few of these types of games, and I always try to take something back from them if it can benefit us,” Brewerton said. “It’s fun to watch the kids who are unbelievable football players.”

Brewerton also was finally able to decompress from a remarkable two weeks.

He guided his Bronco team to arguably the most successful season in school history. The Broncos finished 12-2, won District 4-5A and swept through the playoffs before losing 9-3 to eventual state champion Acadiana in the Class 5A semifinals. The only other time a Zachary team made it to the semifinals was 1982 when they advanced as a member of Class 3A.

“I’m a competitor; I want to win all the time, and that means finishing up with a title,” Brewerton said. “But I can’t be more pleased with the way the community accepted me and the way the kids bought into what we’re selling. They played their hearts out all season.”

Brewerton attended the Class 3A championship game in the Superdome, watching his former team cruise to the Class 3A title with a triumph over Amite.

“I’m so proud of those kids and seeing everyone and a lot of the players who were still there and the rest of the coaching staff, who was the same from when I was there,” he said. “It was a lot of fun, and I’m happy for that community.”

After the Christmas holidays, Brewerton and his Zachary coaching staff will get back to work. He’ll meet with the older players and then concentrate on current eighth-graders to start acclimating them into the system.

“It’s a huge offseason because it’s the first time we’ll have a full year with the team,” Brewerton said. “We’ll look to make physical gains in the weight room and welcome the freshmen ... then get ready for spring practice.”

He’s also got the 2015 season pretty much finalized. Besides the full District 4-5A schedule, Brewerton has penciled in games with Wilkinson County for the season opener, then Catholic of Baton Rouge, where he graduated from and coached, and then East Ascension.

“We’re losing 25 seniors; eight of them are starters,” Brewerton said.

“But we have a good nucleus coming back. I’m really pleased where we are as a team and as a coaching staff.”

Broncos, Viking compete in Redstick Bowl

Four Zachary players and one Northeast player, all seniors, competed recently in the 13th annual U.S. Army Red Stick Bowl. Zachary players on the Red Raiders roster in the contest at Olympia Stadium were linebacker Timmy Carr, defensive back Quinton Townsel, wide receiver Chris Carrier and defensive lineman Sylvester Perkins. From Northeast, linebacker Marvin Minor played for the Red Raiders.

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