In a key District 4-5A matchup, Zachary's offense operated like a fine-tuned machine and helped the visiting Broncos beat Walker 45-21.
Quarterback Keilon Brown led Zachary (4-2, 2-0 district) with five touchdowns and more than 200 yards of offense.
On Zachary’s first drive, Brown tossed up a pass to the corner of the end zone. Receiver David Shropshire made the catch, dragging both feet inbounds and capturing a 7-0 lead.
Later in the first quarter, Zachary coach David Brewerton dialed up a fake punt. Zachary punter Martell Fontenot faked a reverse and rolled out to hit his receiver for a 13-yard gain and a first down. Running back Darweshi Sanders capped off that drive with a 5-yard touchdown.
Brown followed with a 7-yard touchdown run to give Zachary a commanding lead.
“We talked all week about wanting to start fast,” Brewerton said. “I told the guys, '21-0 at the end of the first quarter. That’s pretty fast.’ We found a running game tonight. We have been wanting and waiting to see it.”
Walker (3-3, 0-2) had to adjust its game plan with starting quarterback Ethan McMasters sidelined with an injury. Wildcats freshman Christian Ard got the start but split time with a number of players.
Zachary took that 21-0 lead into the second quarter, but Walker did not quit. Ard launched a 42-yard touchdown pass to Darius Hampton to put the Wildcats on the board.
Walker struggled to maintain such consistency on offense, completing 5 of 15 passes for 147 yards for a touchdown and three interceptions.
“I was an All-American, and I didn’t start as a freshman at Amite High,” Walker coach Lester Ricard said. “Freshmen have no business playing 5A defending semifinalists. That’s just a fact.”
Zachary continued to churn offensively after Walker’s touchdown. Brown threw a 45-yard touchdown pass to receiver Chandler Whitfield, and the Broncos added a field goal to go into halftime with a 31-7 lead.
Walker used a physical rushing attack after halftime, and Tristan Taylor lowered a shoulder and bruised his way to a 4-yard touchdown.
But Brown answered with a 43-yard encore touchdown to Whitfield and later had a 4-yard rushing touchdown
Walker also had a late 74-yard rushing touchdown from receiver Jalen Cook. Big plays accounted for most of Walker’s offense, with 203 of the Wildcats' 319 yards coming from four plays.
“We’re just trying to facilitate some offense,” Ricard said. “We’ll get Ethan back probably this week, so that’s a good thing. We just have to be more physical.”