One of the great things about sports is sometimes there are do-overs. In tennis, it’s called a let. In golf, it’s known as a mulligan.
Thankfully, the Zachary Broncos will get a chance to start the season over again after last week’s surprising 14-6 loss to West Feliciana in their jamboree contest on Bronco Stadium’s new turf.
Everyone knows that game didn’t count in the standings or in the power rankings, but it certainly was a wake-up call for the Zachary team, which made it to the Class 5A playoff semifinals last season and is expected to contend for a trip to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome this year.
Coach David Brewerton was surprised, not by his team’s inability to move the ball offensively, but by its overall lack of intensity.
“Two football teams lined up, and one team was hungry and one team was entitled,” Brewerton said after the game. “West Feliciana wanted to win, and we didn’t.”
Quarterback Lindsey Scott had an off night, but you can bet the returning Class 5A All-State MVP will be focused when the Broncos travel to Wilkinson County, Mississippi, to face the 2-0 Wildcats at 7 p.m. Friday.
Despite the loss, there were a few bright spots for the Broncos. Running back Terry Sullivan showed his versatility running the football hard and showing pass capability out of the backfield.
The Broncos’ defense looks to be strong, as well. Besides a 95-yard punt return for a touchdown, the line only gave up one other score. It shut out the visitors in the second half.
“We’ll see how we come back,” Brewerton said of the jamboree loss. “It’ll show us something about the character of this team and whether our senior leadership is good or bad at bouncing back. We’ll know pretty soon.”
Wilkinson County Christian Academy, a Class 2A school, enters Friday’s game with momentum after a 33-28 victory over Natchez and a 44-36 triumph over Amite County.
WCCA is led by quarterback Desmond Hunter and a trio of receivers who can catch the football and score. The Wildcats are coached by Kenneth Brown.
Northeast rolls in jamboree
A new star emerged for Northeast High during its 30-8 jamboree win over Tara. Quinshaw Kelly opened the game at quarterback but switched to tailback and scored two quick touchdowns on pitchouts, one for 43 yards and the other for 26 yards. He ended up with 65 yards on just four carries.
“We wanted to see in this new offense if he could run at the quarterback position,” coach Dave Masterson said. “But for his sake, he’s better at tailback, and I think tonight he showed why.”
Quarterback Marqueon Minor also scored on a 5-yard run. Besides the quick-strike offense, the Vikings showed a strong defense, a surprise considering they lost 10 of 11 starters from a year ago. The highlight was a 60-yard interception return by safety Grovante Stewart that helped stake Northeast to a 30-0 halftime lead. The Trojans eventually scored on a 50-yard fake punt.
The Vikings will travel on Friday to open their regular season at Walker, a District 4-5A team. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.
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