BAINS - Boston Scott is not the largest or the best-known running back for Zachary. That didn’t keep the 5-foot-6 Scott from making a huge impact.
Scott returned two punts for touchdowns and also scored on a 6-yard and a 25-yard pass reception as the Class 5A Broncos (4-1) raced out to a 36-14 halftime lead that turned into a 49-14 nondistrict victory over 3A West Feliciana on Thursday night at WFHS.
“There’s only one ball and we feel like we have three good backs,” Zachary coach Neil Weiner said. “There was no question we wanted Boston involved. He made some big plays on special teams and played well. West Feliciana came in with a good game plan and they had chances. We were able to make some big plays.”
No individual Zachary play was more prolific than the 96-yard run Ron Pennington scored on in the third quarter. Pennington finish with 188 yards on 10 carries for the Broncos, who ran for 373 yards.
Quarterback Dennis Bell completed 10-26 passes for 183 yards and one TD to pace West Feliciana (3-2). Greg Freeman had 7 catches for 171 yards and a TD for the Saints.
“They’re a good football team and we just made too many mistakes,” WFHS coach Robb Odom said. “Every time it seemed like we’d get something going we’d either get a penalty or make another mistake. All of that is correctable and we’ll be looking to do that.”
Zachary’s Scott was the difference maker from the beginning, returning a punt by WFHS’ Freeman 58 yards down the ZHS sideline. Brandon Delhom’s point-after kick staked the Broncos to a 7-0 less than two minutes into the game.
“I give all the credit to my blockers,” Scott said. “They set up the wall and open the holes. I just go through them.”
Freeman got a measure of revenge a short time later. After hauling in a 58-yard pass from Dennis Bell, Freeman caught a 9-yard scoring pass. Dayne Denham’s PAT kick tied the game with 8:51 remaining.
Then, the Saints’ Jay Ferguson recovered a fumble. WFHS drove to the ZHS 25 before turning the ball over on downs. Zachary took over and executed an 83-yard scoring drive that took just 2:03 off the clock.
It was a case of role reversal with run-oriented West Feliciana High opting to throw the ball and Zachary High keeping its offense grounded.
Pace and Ladarrius Vessell powered the drive that ended with quarterback Mason Pace scoring on a 5-yard run. The second of Delhom’s six PATs made it 14-7 at the 2:45 mark.
Scott did it again early in the second quarter, scoring on a 40-yard punt return. Pace passed to Dillon Beard for he two-point conversion, The Broncos led 22-7 with 9:38 left in the half.
WFHS countered with an 82-yard drive. This time, Bell tossed a 66-yard pass to Freeman. Emery scored on a 4-yard run. Denham’s PAT made it 22-14.
Denham recovered a fumble on the next Zachary play with 6:27 left. That when the highlights for the Saints stopped.
Zachary scored twice more - on a 1-yard run by Ron Pennington and on Boston’s 6-yard run to take a commanding 36-14 halftime advantage.
West Feliciana had its chances. On one first-half possession, Bell just missed connecting with receivers in the end zone three times.
The second half opened with two Zachary fumbles. Dedric Cobb recovered one and Eric Rider the other for WFHS. The Saints did not score. Zachary blocked a 28-yard field on the first time. The Saints were then stopped at the ZHS 4.
Pennington countered with a 96-yard TD run up middle, making it a 43-14 game at the 7:00 mark of the third quarter. A 25-yard screen pass from backup quarterback Trey Hills to Scott added to the Zachary lead.
, making it 49-14 with 42.7 seconds left in the third quarter.