Second-seeded Zachary is the highest seeded team remaining in the Class 5A football playoffs and faces the task of stopping seventh-seeded Hahnville Friday in Bronco Stadium.
The game will feature two of the state’s marquee players, Zachary’s Lindsey Scott Jr. and Hahnville’s Anthony Williams, and both teams enter the game with a lot of momentum.
Zachary improved to 11-1 and is riding the crest of an eight-game winning streak that includes playoff victories over Sulphur (54-32) and Dutchtown (35-14) last week.
Against the Griffins, Scott rushed for four touchdowns, and Terry Sullivan added another as the Broncos jumped out to a 28-0 lead early in the third quarter. For the game, Scott rushed for 176 yards and completed 11 of 16 passes for 122 yards. A week earlier against Sulphur, he had 253 passing yards.
“He’s a leader by his actions,” coach David Brewerton said after the game. “He plays with guts and passion every week and our team feeds off that. I’m very proud of him.”
The defense was equally as effective as Dutchtown managed just 34 rushing yards and 230 total yards. The Griffins had just 29 yards at halftime and didn’t score until the outcome was pretty much decided.
“I’m proud of the defense,” Brewerton said. “They really played well.”
The defense will have to come up with a game plan to contain Hahnville’s Williams. In two playoff games, he’s amassed 700 yards. In last week’s victory over St. Amant, Williams rushed for 200 yards, had more than 100 yards receiving and added a 77-yard kickoff return.
Quarterback Mike Neal is an effective offensive weapon, too, as he completed six of 13 passes for 106 yards and three touchdowns in the win over the Gators.
After beginning the season 2-4, Hahnville has rolled off seven straight wins including playoff victories over Alexandria (49-12) and St. Amant (55-33).
Vikings season ends with loss
No. 11 seed Northeast was limited to 128 yards of total offense as sixth-seeded Sterlington rolled to a 42-8 halftime lead and coasted to a 55-8 Class 2A regional playoff victory. Northeast had only seven first downs and managed a second-quarter touchdown on a 53-yard run by Ra’mon Parker. Marqueon Minor hit Leroy Roddy with the two-point conversion pass.
Coach Dave Masterson’s Vikings, which advanced to the semifinals a year ago, finished the season at 7-5 including a first-round triumph over DeQuincy in the playoffs.
Broncos runners 12th, 14th
The Zachary girls were 12th of 35 teams with 357 points and the Zachary boys finished 14th out of 45 teams with 395 points at the LHSAA State Cross Country meet last week on the campus of Northwestern State University in Natchitoches.
The ZHS girls were led by Rhagan Rider with a 48th-place finish in 22:18.3, along with Cassianne Mussachia (23:33.5) in 80th place, Krislyn Bourgeois (23:37.0) in 82nd place, Ali Brunson (23:56.4) in 87th place and Haley Zweigle (24:01.1) in 89th place.
The Zachary boys were paced by John Paul Hardin, who finished 16th at 17:11.7. Other top finishers included William Heidke (18:47.0) in 89th place, Christopher Bennett (18:55.4) in 94th, Dominick Thomas (18:56.3) in 95th and Daniel Bennett (19:17.7) in 109th.
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