Six members of Zachary’s Class 5A state championship football team signed grant-in-aid scholarship papers on National Signing Day, Feb. 3, in a ceremony in the high school’s gym.
The six signees were quarterback Lindsey Scott Jr., LSU; lineman Kellton Hollins, Texas Christian University; receiver Douglas Coleman, who will play defensive back with Texas Tech; running back Terry Sullivan, Jackson State; receiver Cameron Carrier, Nicholls State; and defensive end Aaron Celestine, Louisiana College.
“These are six excellent football players who will be taking it to the next level,” coach David Brewerton said. “Today is their day. They are a reflection of our entire team.”
The ceremony was attended by family and friends as well as coaches, the ZHS student body, teachers, administrators, School Board members, residents and community leaders along with plenty of media.
Scott is without a doubt the most decorated player in Broncos history, earning 2015 Louisiana Gatorade Player of the Year as well as first-team Class 5A All-State honors two years in a row, along with numerous other accolades. He also was honored as the Warrick Dunn Award winner by WAFB.
Hollins is the only four-year starter on the team and also was a first-team all-state selection. Coleman had been recruited as a receiver by Tulane, but flipped his commitment to play defensive back for the Red Raiders.
“They are a joy to be around, and I’m extremely proud of all these guys,” Brewerton said.
Roddy signs with J-State
Northeast High School’s Leroy Roddy III signed a scholarship offer with Jackson State on National Signing Day in a ceremony at the school.
Roddy, a 6-foot-1, 310-pound defensive tackle, anchored coach Dave Masterson’s defense as a starter for four years of high school and played as a seventh- and eighth-grader. Roddy was a two-time All-Metro selection as well as a member of the Class 2A All-State squad. He finished the season with 99 tackles, 17 stops for losses and 13 sacks.
Roddy signed with Jackson State despite being recruited by Nicholls State, Southern University and Grambling. He is projected as a defensive lineman at Jackson State.
Masterson said to Roddy and his teammates during the ceremony, “The purpose is not football, but for you to use football to better yourselves through education.”
Roddy is the son of Leroy Jr. and Mary Roddy, of Zachary.
O’Connor again paces ZHS
Zachary speedster Janie O’Connor proved to be in mid-season form as she won two events at LSU’s high school last-chance qualifier at the Carl Maddox Field House on Feb. 6.
O’Connor set a meet record by winning the girls 400 meter in 56.18 seconds, a time that ranks just outside the national indoor top 10 rankings. She later won the 60 meter in 7.64 seconds.
Other top finishers for the Lady Broncos at the meet included Frankie Griffin, second in the high jump at 5 feet, 4 inches; Nique Griffin, third in the long jump (16-6); and the 4x400 relay team, which finished second in 4:10.10.
For the Zachary boys, Kellton Hollins finished second in the shot put with an effort of 50 feet, 1/2 inch, behind Catholic’s Nigel Despinasse (57-2).
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