In preparation for Zachary High School’s semifinal game and ultimate win over Parkway on Friday, the school held a pep rally earlier that day in the gymnasium.

Geometry teacher Jay Weisman emceed the rally, which included performances by the marching band, Bronco Belles dance squad, cheerleaders and flag corps, as well as twirler Miranda Albarez, who dazzled while dancing and juggling three batons simultaneously.

A pseudo boxing match was held between Zachary’s Bronco mascot, portrayed by senior Lauren Lane, and a Parkway Panther, portrayed by Zachary student Curtis Hooper.

Coach David Brewerton urged the student body to come out and support the football squad, saying there was only one win between Friday and the Superdome.

Indeed, Zachary High defeated Parkway, 41-27, propelling the Broncos to their first state final appearance in school history.

On Saturday, Zachary players and coaches, along with the band and spirit groups, will travel to New Orleans to compete for the championship title against John Ehret High School from Jefferson Parish.

Kickoff is at 7 p.m. in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Tickets to Saturday’s game are $13 general admission and $16 reserved seating and will be available until 3 p.m. Dec. 10 at the Zachary School Board office and in the front office at ZHS. LeBlanc’s Food Store also will be selling tickets.

Only 500 tickets have been made available.