Photos: Cubs conquer Kittens; Zachary too much for Catholic High; St. Amant rolls in Week 2 _lowres

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE -- Zachary's R.J. Newton catches a touchdown pass in the endzone in front of Catholic defender Brian Herry on friday night in Zachary.

Seldom has the outcome of a jamboree game resonated quite so deep the way it did with Zachary’s football program.

The team’s weight room workout the morning after its 14-6 loss to West Feliciana took on a more somber tone, while the coaching staff’s Week 1 preparations for Wilkinson County, Miss., were equally subdued.

“That one was no fun,” Zachary second-year coach David Brewerton said. “It was a slap in the face of a reality check we all needed in the program from top to bottom. I’m glad it happen, to be honest.”

Zachary (2-0) has since responded with the type of intensity and passion befitting a team regarded as one the best in Class 5A — taking a pair of victories and climbing to No. 4 in Tuesday’s rankings released by the Louisiana Sportswriters Association.

“We’ve done a lot of soul searching within our program to try to do the things we know we’re capable of doing,” Brewerton said. “I’ve seen a little difference as far as our kids are concerned throughout the course of the last two weeks. Practices sessions have been amped up intensity-wise. Their focus has been a little bit better.”

The latest example of Zachary’s improved mental approach took place last Friday with a 41-26 victory over Catholic High.

The two biggest poll-related changes involving local/area teams who were both ranked atop their respective classifications a week ago.

Parkview Baptist (1-0) dropped from No. 1 to No. 3 in Class 3A after its 27-19 loss at Riverside Academy, while Southern Lab (1-1) fell from No. 1 to No. 3 in Class 1A following a 35-16 loss to University High.

The Cubs (1-1) moved one spot to No. 2 and evenly divided 10 first-place votes with No. 1 North Webster (2-0) of Springhill.

Amite (1-1) tumbled two spots to No. 5, while Lutcher (2-0) leaped two notches to No. 6 in the Class 3A rankings.

Brewerton said last year’s memorable run to a 12-2 record and state semifinals were predicated by a team that consistently displayed character and perseverance.

The Broncos have gotten closer to emulating those traits the past two weeks, he said.

Zachary followed a 56-34 road win over Wilkinson County with a 41-26 home win over Catholic, which opened the season ranked eighth.

Zachary overcame a brief 3-0 first-quarter deficit to lead 17-6 at halftime and 29-19 at three quarters.

Quarterback Lindsey Scott accounted for 324 yards and four TDs, wide receiver RJ Newton caught two TDs and defensive end Brad Jones recovered two fumbles.

Wide receiver Douglas Coleman caught five passes for 76 yards and a TD and registered an interception to seal Catholic’s fate.

“I think our kids showed Friday a little more about what they’re about and what our program’s about,” Brewerton said. “We’ve still obviously got a long way to go, but it was nice to see our intensity level go up higher than it’s been this season against a quality opponent.”

LSWA Prep Football Polls

RightAlign.81RightAlign.98RightAlign.115Class 5A

RightAlign.81RightAlign.98RightAlign.115TEAM (#1 VOTES) REC PTS PVS

1. Rummel (7) 2-0 114 2

2. West Monroe (3) 2-0 108 3

3. John Curtis 2-0 93 4

4. Zachary 2-0 81 5

5. Bro. Martin 2-0 80 6

6. Ponchatoula 2-0 58 NR

7. Parkway 2-0 55 7

8. Destrehan 2-0 46 8

9. Byrd 2-0 45 9

10. Acadiana 1-1 41 1

Others receiving votes: Airline 28, John Ehret 8, Jesuit 6, Landry-Walker 4, St. Paul’s 4, Mandeville 2, Evangel 1.

RightAlign.81RightAlign.98RightAlign.115CLASS 4A

RightAlign.81RightAlign.98RightAlign.115TEAM (#1 VOTES) REC PTS PVS

1. Neville (10) 2-0 120 1

2.Teurlings 2-0 109 2

3. S.T. More 2-0 95 3

4. McDonogh 35 2-0 74 5

5. Franklinton 1-1 67 7

6. Crowley 2-0 65 6

7. North DeSoto 2-0 48 9

8. Warren Easton 1-1 43 4

9. Carencro 2-0 40 8

10. Bastrop 1-1 39 10

Others receiving votes: LaGrange 23, Livonia 23, Plaquemine 14, Minden 6, Benton 2, Edna Karr 2, Breaux Bridge 1.

RightAlign.81RightAlign.98RightAlign.115Class 3A

RightAlign.81RightAlign.98RightAlign.115TEAM (#1 VOTES) REC PTS PVS

1. North Webster (5) 2-0 111 4

2. University (5) 1-1 105 3

3. Parkview Bapt. 1-1 94 1

4. Union Parish 1-1 93 6

5. Amite 1-1 74 2

6. Lutcher 2-0 67 8

7. De La Salle 2-0 58 9

8. Jennings 1-1 47 5

9. E.D. White 1-1 39 7

10. S. Beauregard 2-0 31 NR

Others receiving votes: Kaplan 26, Church Point 24, Peabody 6, Eunice 3, St. Louis 2, Patterson 1.

RightAlign.81RightAlign.98RightAlign.115Class 2A

RightAlign.81RightAlign.98RightAlign.115TEAM (#1 VOTES) REC PTS PVS

1. Many (10) 2-0 120 1

2. Sterlington 2-0 105 2

3. Calvary Bapt. 1-1 96 3

4. Ouachita Chr. 2-0 83 4

5. Notre Dame 2-0 66 5

6. Riverside 1-1 64 9

7. St. Charles 2-0 61 7

8. S.T. Aquinas 2-0 58 8

9. Kinder 1-1 49 6

10. Pickering 2-0 35 NR

Others receiving votes: Madison Prep 15, Catholic-New Iberia 8, Mangham 7, Menard 6, Episcopal-BR 4, West St. John 4, Welsh 3.

RightAlign.81RightAlign.98RightAlign.115Class 1A

RightAlign.81RightAlign.98RightAlign.115TEAM (#1 VOTES) REC PTS PVS

1. Kentwood (9) 2-0 119 2

2. St. Mary (1) 2-0 104 6

3. Southern Lab 1-1 100 1

4. Vermilion Cath. 1-1 77 3

5. Ascension Epis. 2-0 76 7

6. Haynesville 0-2 70 4

7. Central Cath. 2-0 64 9

8. Basile 2-0 41 8

9. Hamilton Chr. 1-1 35 5

10. Cedar Creek 1-1 34 NR

Others receiving votes: East Beauregard 25, Plain Dealing 17, White Castle 9, St. Frederick 2, Covenant Christian 1.