Zachary’s offense overwhelmed Sulphur, 54-32, in the first round of the Class 5A playoffs Nov. 13, and the Broncos hope to keep their juggernaut rolling when they travel to play Dutchtown in a regional contest.
The game between the second-seeded Broncos and the 18th-seeded Griffins is a rematch between two high-powered offenses from Oct. 2. Coach David Brewerton’s crew came out on top in that game, 44-34.
Friday’s contest will showcase two of the Baton Rouge region’s top quarterbacks. Lindsay Scott Jr., a Syracuse commitment, and Jared Sparks, a Southern Mississippi commitment, will lead their respective offenses.
Scott passed for 253 yards, completing 10 of 19, and had six touchdown throws against Sulphur. He also ran for 121 yards. Running back Terry Sullivan added 109 yards on 16 carries as the Broncos amassed 587 yards of total offense. Six different ZHS players scored touchdowns as Zachary improved to 10-1.
Meanwhile, Dutchtown has a knack for scoring as well, as it won five of its past six games and tied Catholic for a share of the District 5-5A title. In the Griffins’ 31-17 playoff-opening win over Ruston, Sparks scored four rushing touchdowns for the Griffins, 8-3.
“Our guys were very locked in and focused for Friday’s game (against Sulphur),” Brewerton said. “It’s going to take that kind of effort this week.”
Interestingly, Scott began his career at Dutchtown and was a teammate of Sparks before moving to Zachary.
Northeast off to Sterlington
No. 11 seed Northeast will hit the road to face sixth-seeded Sterlington in a regional round contest of the Class 2A playoffs.
Coach Dave Masterson’s team improved to 7-4 for the season with a 22-14 triumph over No. 22 DeQuincy in the opening round. Sterlington’s Panthers improved to 8-3 overall with a 36-6 victory over No. 27 Sophie B. Wright in the first round.
Broncos are 5th, 7th in meet
The Zachary High boys finished fifth out of 26 teams and the girls seventh out of 20 teams at the Metro Cross-Country meet at Highland Road Park on Nov. 9.
The event for Baton Rouge-area teams was the final tune-up before this week’s state Class 5A championship meet on the campus of Northwestern State University in Natchitoches.
John Paul Hardin paced the Bronco boys with a fifth-place finish in 16:06.50. Also scoring points for Zachary were Christopher Bennett (17:13.10) in 32nd, Dominick Thomas (17:47.80) in 51st, Andrew Bennett (18:00.30) in 65th and Kyle Knight (18:04.60) in 68th.
For the Zachary girls, Rhagan Rider finished 19th in 20:36.20, followed by Krislyn Bourgeois (21:56.70) in 44th, Ali Brunson (22:49.40) in 67th, Kallista Buell (22:53.20) in 69th and Rebecca Day (23:27.30) in 77th.
ZHS volleyball ends season
The 13th-seeded Zachary volleyball team’s season came to an end after a regional-round loss to fourth-seeded Barbe in the Division 1 playoffs last week. The Lady Broncos opened the playoffs with a 3-0 victory over 20th-seeded John Ehret (25-11, 25-18, 25-10) in the first round but fell to Barbe 3-1 (18-25, 25-23, 25-26, 18-25).
The Lady Broncos finished the season with a 26-13 overall record.
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