The fifth-ranked Zachary High School football team shook off a subpar jamboree performance the previous week and opened the regular season with a 56-34 triumph on the road over Wilkinson County in Woodville, Mississippi.

The win improved the Broncos to 1-0 and sets up this week’s major test at home against perennial powerhouse Catholic High.

The Bears, of District 5-5A, will be looking to get on track after last week’s surprising 33-26 loss to Parkview Baptist. Interestingly, Friday’s game will be the first between ZHS coach David Brewerton and Dale Weiner, Brewerton’s former coach from his alma mater.

Meanwhile, the Broncos, of District 4-5A, will look to build upon the momentum of last week’s win over Wilkinson County. In that game, quarterback Lindsey Scott Jr. had a hand in seven of his team’s eight touchdowns, as the Broncos jumped out to a 29-6 halftime lead and cruised to the 22-point victory.

The balanced scoring attack and 581 yards of total offense, including 304 on the ground, proved to be too much for Wilkinson County.

Scott completed 13 of 17 passes for 277 yards, including four touchdowns, and rushed for 129 yards on 11 carries. He scored on runs of 15, 4 and 23 yards.

Receiver Douglas Coleman caught five passes for 188 yards and touchdowns of 71, 19 and 58 yards. Braylon Jones added a 41-yard touchdown catch from Scott, and running back Terry Sullivan scored on a 1-yard run.

WCCA quarterback Desmond Hunter had a stellar night, completing 25 of 48 passes for 429 yards and three touchdowns.

Northeast pummeled

The Vikings, of Class 2A, proved to be outmatched, at least on the scoreboard, against Class 5A Walker in the 56-6 debut win for the Wildcats’ new coach, Brandon Lawley. Walker raced out to a 35-6 lead and coasted to the victory for a team that didn’t win a game a year ago.

Quarterback Terry Bozeman passed for 172 yards and four touchdown passes for Walker.

Northeast managed a 47-yard scoring run by Tyriq Kelly.

This week, coach David Masterson’s squad will host Baker, of Class 6-3A. The Buffaloes opened with a 46-6 victory over Tara last week.

Zachary opens cross-country season

The Zachary High boys and girls cross country teams began their seasons with encouraging showings at the West Feliciana Relays in St. Francisville.

Two boys teams competed, with the A team finishing fourth and the B team 10th. The girls’ team finished in fourth place.

Brother Martin dominated the boys high school competition with two teams finishing first and second, followed by Runnels then Zachary. Catholic of Pointe Coupee won the girls high school event followed by Lafayette, Dutchtown and ZHS.

ZHS swimmers in action

The Zachary boys swim team finished second and the girls were fifth at the Capital City Swim League meet at Crawfish Aquatics on Sept. 5.

The girls meet was dominated by Episcopal with 425 points, followed by Lutcher (292.50), Parkview Baptist (242.50), University (229) and Zachary (116).

The boys were led by Lutcher with 340 points, then Zachary (235), Brusly (218), Episcopal (189) and University (126).

Top performances included a win by the Zachary 200 freestyle relay team; Austin Wittig, who finished second in the 100 breaststroke; Collin Dupuy, third in the 100 freestyle; and the 200 medley relay team, which won third.

Send sports news, photos and stats to Howard Arceneaux at harceneaux@theadvocate.com.