Broncos score hard-fought win, face surging U-High

The Zachary football team used a strong second quarter punch to deliver a fourth-quarter knockout blow in a 27-7 win over Live Oak last week. The Broncos improved to 3-1 overall and 1-0 in the District 4-5A opener for both squads.

Leading 13-7 in the fourth quarter against the Eagles, the Broncos needed a spark, and they got it from quarterback Keilon Brown, who scored on a 70-yard dash on a designed quarterback keeper. He added a 1-yard touchdown run later in the quarter to ice the victory for the Broncos.

“You can tell when our kids are in tight games,” Broncos coach David Brewerton said. “They feel like they are going to win those games. That comes from all the close wins we’ve had over the years. We dominated the fourth quarter. That’s all I can ask for.”

Brown completed 10 of 17 passes for 103 yards, including a 41-yard touchdown toss to Trae Shropshire in the second quarter. The Broncos tacked on field goals of 43 and 35 yards for a 13-0 halftime edge. Zachary’s defense held the Eagles in check for most of the game, limiting them offensively to 121 total yards and seven first downs.

This week, the Broncos will go out of district to take on Class 3A powerhouse University High. The second-ranked Cubs raced past West Feliciana, 63-35, last week and are undefeated this season at 4-0.

Episcopal races by Northeast

Northeast lost for the first time in the 2017 season in a game more reminiscent of a track meet than a football contest as Episcopal sprinted past the Vikings, 65-46, in the District 7-2A opener for both schools.

Episcopal running backs Austin Jemison and Caden Dickinson accounted for six touchdowns and 329 rushing yards to set the pace for the Knights.

The Vikings were led by running backs Greg Whitley, who had 100 yards on 13 carries and two scores and Curtis Keaton, who had 137 rushing yards on 20 carries. Quarterback Rashaun Steel completed 15 of 24 passes for 208 yards and three touchdowns to receiver Johnny Selders. But he also had three interceptions and Northeast lost two fumbles.

“It was a track meet type of game,” said Northeast coach Dave Masterson, whose squad dropped to 3-1 on the season. “When you get into a game like this, you can’t have five turnovers like we did. Our defense had a rough night. We’re going to fix some things and bounce back.”

This week, Masterson’s squad will try to regroup with a district game against Port Allen, which lost its league opener to Dunham, 21-18, a week ago and dropped to 1-3 on the year.

Zachary runners sixth, seventh

The Zachary girls were sixth and the boys seventh at the Battlefield Cross Country Festival at the Port Hudson Historical Site last weekend. The Zachary girls finished with 149 points behind St. Michael (37), St. Scholastica (72), Episcopal (101), University High (128) and Parkview Baptist (141).

The boys finished with 234 points behind Catholic High (31), Parkway High (42), West Feliciana (107), St. Michael (140), Teurlings Catholic (183) and Denham Springs (188).

Setting the pace for the girls was Ashlyn Davis finishing 12th (21 minutes, 58.70 seconds), Tameron Turner 25th (23.33.30), Caroline Fontenot 27th (23.39.30), Rebecca Day 42nd (25:38.30) and Katie Mestayer 43rd (25:38.60).

The boys were led by Benjamin Grice in 21st place (18:19.90), Jacob Vidrine 44th (19:50.20), Ethan Savario 51st (20:04.90), Corey Simpson 57th (20:13.80) and Easton Rush 61st (20:24.80).

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