The secret is out. Coach David Brewerton’s Zachary Broncos are one of the teams to beat in Louisiana as the 2015 football season kicks off.
Zachary was 12-2 last year and advanced to the semifinals of the Class 5A playoffs, losing a hard-fought nail-biter 9-3 on the road at Acadiana, the eventual state champion. The results left Brewerton’s team wanting more.
“There was no complacency after last season, they got after it in the off-season,” said Brewerton, who has a 68-29 career coaching record. “The Friday night games, that’ll be the reward for the time they put in and they’ll see the results of their efforts.”
Zachary returns eight starters on offense and eight starters on defense. Numbers and depth are not an issue for Brewerton. The team has 37 seniors and 104 players who came out for football this year.
Leading the way for the Broncos is senior quarterback Lindsey Scott Jr., the 6-0, 205-pound dual-threat quarterback who was MVP of Class 5A in the state, MVP of The Advocate’s All-Metro Class 5A-4A team and the District 4-5A MVP. He passed for 2,231 yards, 24 touchdowns and rushed for 965 yards and 15 more scores.
Scott has quite a supporting cast as well. His throwing targets will be senior all-district receiver Douglas Coleman and junior Shyron White.
The backfield tandem of running backs include senior Terry Sullivan and junior Braylon Jones. The two combined for more than 1,350 yards and 23 TDs in 2014. The offensive line is anchored by Kelton Hollins, a 6-3, 295-pounder who has committed to Texas Christian University in Fort Worth.
The entire defensive line returns intact and will be led by senior corner P.J. Cannon, a three-year starter who led the team with four interceptions. Junior inside linebacker Donavan Perkins, who was all-district and second team all-state a year ago, led the team with five sacks.
Zachary will show multiple looks from its spread offense, and the defense will rely on a base 4-2-5 formation.
“We’re way deeper than we were a year ago,” said Brewerton, who credits the school’s off-season conditioning program. “The kids are in great shape and are ready for the season.”
The Broncos have an ambitious pre-district schedule, starting with a trip to Wilkinson County on Sept. 4, followed by Catholic High at home, then three away games at East Ascension, Calvary Baptist and Dutchtown. The District 4-5A slate follows with Scotlandville, Denham Springs, Live Oak, Central and Walker.
“The schedule is unbelievable,” Brewerton said. “It’s a brutal schedule, but we welcome the quality competition and it’ll be fun for our fans. Every single week, our opponents are impressive, and we will be challenged. We have one of the top five schedules in the state.”
The nation will get a chance to see the Broncos in action on Sept. 25 when they travel to Shreveport to face Calvary Baptist. The game will be broadcast beginning at 7 p.m. on ESPNU. Calvary Baptist, now a Class 2A school, won the past two Division III select state titles.
“This is huge for our program,” Brewerton said. “Just to be able to get that national exposure and to start a relationship with ESPN means a lot for our program moving forward.”
As for beginning his second season in Zachary, Brewerton said, “I think from the beginning, I’ve loved the way the program is encompassed by the school and the whole community,” he said. “Zachary High School is the place to be on Friday nights — it’s everything — the band, the cheerleaders and the product we’re putting on the field. I relish that.”