In early June, as the heat of summer begins to strain air conditioners, it’s hard to think about football. But for 25 boys from Zachary and the Greater Baton Rouge area, football was in full force during Zachary coach David Brewerton’s football camp June 1-5 on the practice field beside Bronco Stadium.
In his first year as Zachary’s head coach, Brewerton and his staff guided the Broncos to arguably the most successful season in school history. They finished 12-2 and won District 4-5A, sweeping through the playoffs before losing 9-3 to eventual state champion Acadiana in the semifinals. The only other time a Zachary team made it to the semifinals was in 1982, when it advanced as a member of Class 3-A.
But at Brewerton’s camp, the emphasis was on learning about the game, and the kids learned plenty of great lessons.
The campers participated in rotations through every offensive and defensive position, with specifics of each, such as mirror drills for offensive linemen and blocking for defensive linemen.
The youth also participated in special teams work such as kicking and receiving, and passing, punting and kicking exercises.
The campers also learned the nuances of the running back and quarterback positions and competed against each other in an exhibition game.
Each player received a camp T-shirt.
The camp was led by Brewerton along with some of his assistants, including freshmen coach Chet DeLee, freshmen offensive coordinator Jimbo Walker and varsity receivers coach Robert Yellott.
Also lending a hand was 2015 ZHS graduate and former Bronco Quindon Turner, who volunteered with the camp before enrolling in Southern University.
Turner will coach the freshmen offensive line and one day hopes to become a football coach.
“I think it’s important to interact with young kids in the community and to give them a feel for what it’s like to be on our campus,” Brewerton said.
Sports camps are a great activity for youngsters. They give parents a break and provide kids with something constructive to do during the summer, helping them release healthy energy. Plus, it’s a way for the coaches to get a first look at potential future Broncos.
Brewerton’s 2015 squad will debut on Aug. 21 in a scrimmage at Parkview before a jamboree Aug. 28 against West Feliciana.
It opens the regular season on Sept. 4 at Wilkinson County in Mississippi.
Zachary duo honored
Zachary’s dynamic duo of Janie O’Connor and Kristian Jackson have received more accolades while being named outstanding performers as part of The Advocate’s All-Metro Track and Field recognition. The honors were based on the composite top performances of the outdoor season in all classifications.
O’Connor and Jackson led the Lady Broncos to their second straight state Class 5-A outdoor championship in May after claiming the indoor title in February. O’Connor was named outstanding track performer at the district, regional and state outdoor meets.
O’Connor had the top times in the girls 100-meter dash (11.52 seconds) and the 400-meter run (54.86) and had the second-best time in the 200-meter dash (23.78). She also ran legs on the Lady Broncos’ top-rated 4x200 and 4x100 teams (with teammates Dakota Williams, Kiara Bethley and Jennifer Brown).
Also recognized for an outstanding track performance was Sierra Johnson with the third-best time in the 300 hurdles (45.29). Jackson had the metro area’s top toss in the shot put with a 42-foot, 2-inch effort.
She also had the second-best throw of the discus with a 122-foot, 2-inch heave.
On the boys side for Zachary, Davis Hughes recorded the second-ranked time in the 110 hurdles (15.03), and Christopher London had the third-rated discus throw (140 feet).
Adams named All-Metro
Darryl Adams, of Northeast, registered the third-best time of the year in the 200-meter dash (22.48), and his time made The Advocate’s All-Metro Track and Field recognition list. The honors were based on the composite top performances of the outdoor season in all classifications.
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