The ninth-ranked Zachary High School football team can wrap up the District 4-5A title when the Broncos go on the road Friday night to face Broadmoor.
Coach David Brewerton’s team claimed at least a share of the district title with a hard-fought 28-24 triumph Friday at Denham Springs.
Zachary improved to 8-1 overall and 5-0 in 4-5A with the win last week, while Broadmoor enters Friday’s game 3-6 overall and 2-3 in league games after a 19-6 loss to Scotlandville.
Sophomore Shyron White took a short pass from Lindsey Scott Jr. on fourth-and-3 and galloped 60 yards with 44 seconds remaining to lift ZHS to its eighth straight victory.
“I was trying to get a first down,” White said. “My coaches were telling me to go out of bounds, but then I saw a block by Douglas Coleman and I turned it upfield. All I saw was green.”
DSHS jumped out to a 14-6 halftime lead as the Broncos managed just two Martel Fontenot field goals. After a Denham Springs field goal, the Broncos eventually took the lead with TDs on a 13-yard pass from Scott to Chris Carrier followed by a two-point conversion, then a 17-yard run by Terry Sullivan for a 21-17 edge. However, the Yellow Jackets pulled ahead 24-21 on a 15-yard pass with 1:18 remaining before White wrapped up the victory.
“We didn’t play as well as I thought we could, but Denham had a lot to do with that,” Brewerton said. “Physically we were able to compete for four quarters, and that was so big. They had some guys who went down with cramps. It made a difference.”
Vikings slip past E. Feliciana
Northeast can secure a tie for the District 6-2A title when the Vikings host Redemptorist (1-8 overall, 0-4 district). Northeast enters Friday’s game at 7-1 overall and 3-1 in district while East Feliciana has completed its league schedule at 4-1.
Northeast’s senior cornerback Marvin Ramsey preserved the Vikings’ 16-14 victory over East Feliciana last week with a key interception at the 9-yard line with 9 seconds remaining. The pass from EFHS quarterback Kavon Moore was intended for Timothy Thompson.
Northeast’s K.J. Robinson scored two first-half touchdowns on runs of 8 and 2 yards, with both two-point conversions successful. Moore accounted for EFHS’ two scores with touchdown passes of 14 and 24 yards to Tredarius Carr, although the two-point try after the second score failed.
Moore was 11 of 25 for 155 yards with one interception. East Feliciana held a big advantage in total yards, 249-116, but three turnovers doomed the Tigers’ chances.
ZHS swimmers 2nd, 9th
The Zachary High boys swim team finished second out of 20 teams and the girls tied for ninth place at the Capitol City Swim League Championships.
“All swimmers that swam in the finals posted personal best times as we qualified swimmers in four more individual events for the state swim meet,” ZHS swim coach Lisa McGhee said. “This weekend was truly a team effort. It is a great day to be a Bronco.”
Clay Franklin finished third in the 50 freestyle in 23.05, and the 200 freestyle relay team finished second in 1:35.94. Other top swimmers were Luke Troth, Collin Dupuy, Stephen Samuel, Garrett Rushing, Schyler Mire, Austin Wittig, Michael Sanford, Aly Clement, Ashley Marler, Ellen Manuel, Brianna Berthelot, Hannah Partin, Mary Ellen McCrary, Abby Robertson and Evie Linton.
Led by Colin Bone’s meet records in the 100- and 200-yard freestyle, Catholic High won its 25th straight CCSL boys title. St. Joseph’s Academy earned its 15th straight CCSL girls championship. Bone and St. Joseph’s Amy Miller were selected the meet’s Outstanding Swimmers.
Upcoming ZHS schedule
The Zachary volleyball team begins playoff action, with the first round this week and the second round scheduled for Nov. 7-12. The state playoffs are scheduled for Nov. 13-15 in Kenner.
The Bronco cross country teams will compete in the Metro Championships on Nov. 10 at Highland Road Park.
The boys basketball team will begin its season on Nov. 13 in the Tara Jamboree at Tara High School.
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