ZACHARY — A week after Zachary High suffered its first loss of the season, the Broncos turned in a near flawless performance in every phase Friday night against Madison Prep.
It all added up to a 51-0 win for Zachary in a game where the coaches agreed to a running clock in the second half.
Offensively, the Broncos (2-1) scored on six of eight possessions that weren’t stopped by the end of a half, and they never punted. On defense, Zachary forced three turnovers, and held MPA (0-3) to 31 yards of offense.
Special teams did their part blocking a punt by Keyonne Hawkins, and tackling him for a loss on another punt attempt.
“I’m really proud with the angles our defense played with,” Zachary coach David Brewerton said. “They were running downhill with those angles, and in a bad mood when they got there. That’s what we challenged them to do all week.”
Five different Broncos scored touchdowns including Chandler Whitfield and R.J. Allen. Whitfield caught touchdown passes of 31 and 32 yards. Allen scored on runs of 17 and 2 yards.
Defensive back Jon Burrell paced the defense with an interception and a fumble recovery. Both set up Zachary touchdowns.
“It was awesome. We played physical and we were just having fun,” Burrell said. “It was all about playing fast and physical, and running to the ball.”
Madison Prep picked up two first downs on its opening drive, but managed only one the rest of the game. Quarterback Gicole Wright was sacked four times, and Zachary recorded six other tackles for loss.
Chargers’ running back Tyrese Walker was injured on a kickoff return late in the second quarter, and did not return to the game.
“We didn’t come out ready to play, and they brought it to us,” MPA acting head coach Landry Williams said. “Now its all about erasing these first three weeks, and getting ready for district.”
The Broncos put together a methodical opening drive, their only scoring drive of the half that began in ZHS territory. They used 4:27 of clock on a 10-play, 66-yard drive that put them up 7-0.
On the ensuing MPA series, the Broncos got heavy pressure on punter Hawkins, who was tackled for a loss at the MPA 20. The Chargers put together their best defensive series of the night, and forced Zachary to settle for a 24-yard Martell Fontenot field goal.
Highlighted by Maverick McClure’s recovery of a blocked punt in the end zone, Zachary scored four touchdowns in the second quarter to lead 38-0 at the half.
On the second play of the second quarter. Burrell intercepted Wright, who completed 4 of 10 passes for 25 yards with two interceptions. Allen scored on a 17-yard run on the next play to make it 17-0.
After McClure’s recovery the onslaught continued on the kickoff. Burrell recovered Tyrese Walker’s fumble at the MPA 19 to set up another quick score. This time, Allen scored from 2 yards out for a 31-0 lead with 8:06 left in the half.
The Broncos recovered another fumble late in the half setting up a 46-yard drive. Keilon Brown went to work connecting with Trae Shropshire for 14 yards and then Chandler Whitfield for a 32-yard score.