Defense got John Ehret to the state championship game for the first time in 30 years.
But not even the “Red Brick Wall,” as they call the defense in Marrero, could slow Louisiana’s Gatorade Player of the Year.
Ehret’s season came to a disappointing end Saturday night with a surprisingly lopsided 46-12 loss as Zachary quarterback Lindsey Scott Jr. accounted for five touchdowns in the Class 5A nonselect championship game at the Allstate Sugar Bowl Prep Classic in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
“Our defense has been carrying us all year, and I still believe in them,” Ehret coach Corey Lambert said. “It was just one of those nights.”
Indeed it was.
Zachary (14-1) trailed 12-6 midway though the second quarter, then closed the game by scoring a jaw-dropping 40 unanswered points.
The 46 points were the most Ehret gave up all season, surpassing the 38 Destrehan scored in Week 3.
“The defense was on the field a little too much, and then the miscues we had put the defense in some situations by not moving the ball to sustain drives,” Lambert said. “It was probably our worst game of the season, but my guys fought until the end, and that’s all I could ask.”
Scott gave the Patriots the most trouble. He completed 7 of 14 passes for 229 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 108 yards and two more scores.
“Week in and week out, a good defense is a good defense,” said Scott, who was named his team’s Most Outstanding Player. “The quarterback has to go out and run the plays Coach calls. They are an impeccable defense. But we followed the game plan, and it worked.”
Zachary coach David Brewerton said he wasn’t surprised by his star’s effort.
“He is the best quarterback I’ve ever been around in the 18 years I’ve been coaching,” Brewerton said. “He is a fierce competitor. Losing is not an option, and he’ll do what he has to do to make sure of that.”
His main target was Doug Coleman, who caught three passes for 124 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
De’Jon Harris earned Most Outstanding Player honors for Ehret. Harris, who is committed to Arkansas, threw for 118 yards. Juwan Leonard rushed for 144 yards.
But it wasn’t nearly enough.
“I told our guys before the game that whoever handled the situation better was going to win the game,” said Lambert, whose team committed two turnovers. “They handled the stag better than we did.”
Ehret (12-3) seemed just fine early on.
After a scoreless first quarter, Ehret scored first when Harris connected with Donte Green for an 18-yard touchdown. A failed extra point made it 6-0.
Zachary responded quickly, going 70 yards in just two plays, Scott threw a pass to Shyron White, who eluded two colliding Ehret defenders on his way to a 69-yard touchdown. The Broncos’ extra point was blocked.
Harris helped Ehret regain the lead midway through the quarter, this time lined up at running back and scoring on a 4-yard run. The Patriots seemed to be in control at that point.
But Leonard, who rushed for 108 yards in the first half, fumbled late in the half, and Zachary took over at the Patriots’ 42-yard line. Zachary scored three plays later on Scott’s 17-yard touchdown pass to Coleman to take a 13-12 halftime lead.
Only three teams (Riverside, Destrehan and Landry-Walker) had scored more than one touchdown against the Patriots. Ehret was 1-2 in those three games.
They slipped to 1-3 after this one.
“They made plays when they were supposed to make plays,” Ehret senior linebacker Michael Divinity said, “and we fell short.”