SHREVEPORT — Zachary got a steady dose of Calvary’s Kordavion Washington in the first half and a controlling game from quarterback Jake Bartley after intermission and the LSWA Class 5A No. 4 Broncos fell 42-28 on Friday night in Jerry Barker Stadium.
Washington scored four times on short runs in the early going, while Bartley made the end zone on runs of 17 and 1 yard with the last score coming with just a minute remaining in the contest. The defending Division III state champions evened their record at 2-2, while Zachary fell to 3-1.
“We never did get into the flow of the game,” Zachary coach David Brewerton said. “It was a weird game. We had about six seniors go down and we hadn’t lost one all season. But Calvary absolutely deserved to win that contest.”
The Broncos tried to rally in the second half behind quarterback Lindsey Scott, who ran for two scores and tossed one TD pass to Charles Perovea, but he was without big running back Terry Sullivan most of the game after he was injured early in the first quarter.
Calvary took advantage despite not having much depth on either side of the ball.
“Kordavion softened them up and then Jake took over,” Calvary coach John Bachman Sr. said. “After looking at film, we thought we could play with them. But could we hang with them for four quarters? The kids found out what they might have to do in the playoffs tonight — fight for the entire game.”
The game got off to a rocky start for the Broncos, who gave up a 61-yard completion from Bartley to Kyle Jones on the first offensive play. Although the Cavs had a first down at the 8, the Bronco defense held on fourth down. But Jones fumbled on his first offensive play and Calvary’s Greedy Williams recovered at the 3.
Washington scored the first of his three first-half touchdowns on a 3-yard run on the next play. Just two plays later, the Bronco’s Terry Sullivan fumbled near midfield and Calvary’s DJ Alexander recovered. This time, the Cavs couldn’t move, however.
Near the end of the first quarter, the Broncos put together four big plays and capped a near 80-yard drive with Jones scampering 18 yards down the right sideline for a score. Zachary opened the second quarter with the ball at the Cavs’ 34 and needed just two plays to take a 14-7 lead on a 28-yard run by Braylon Jones.
Calvary responded on its ensuing series with a 53-yard drive aided by a pass interference penalty in the end zone on the Broncos. Washington went in from a yard out to knot the score with about 8 minutes to play in the half.
The Cavs went in front 21-14 with just under 4 minutes to play when Washington rolled in from 1 yard out. The Broncos had a chance to tie the game again but a late drive died at the Calvary 19 with just seconds remaining in the half.