ZACHARY — The Zachary Broncos ran up and down the field Friday night in a 54-32 win over Sulphur in the first round of the Class 5A playoffs. They were even running after the game.
That’s because coach David Brewerton kept his team on the field to run six sideline-to-sideline wind sprints, a reaction to how his team behaved in a chippy game against the feisty underdog.
“One for every personal foul,” said a not-too-pleased Brewerton, whose Broncos improved to 10-1 after piling up 587 yards thanks to six touchdown passes from quarterback Lindsey Scott against a 5-6 Tors team that regularly gots in shoot-outs in offensive-minded District 3-5A.
On this night, the Baton Rouge area’s best offense couldn’t be stopped, with Scott throwing for 253 yards and added 121 yards rushing for the Broncos against a Sulphur defense that was helpless to slow down Zachary’s playmakers in the open field.
Brewerton, however, was upset by another big yardage statistic — a mind-numbing 213 penalty yards on Zachary on 17 infractions. While the Broncos offense looked tough for any team to stop, Brewerton feared the penalties, including many personal fouls that negated yet more big plays, represented a potential Achilles’ heel later in the postseason.
“That’s what we are addressing right now,” he said as his players ran even as the Tors were exiting the field. “We don’t want to get beat because of stupid penalties.”
Scott, who completed 10 of 18 passes, at one point had five touchdowns in seven completions. Not only did the senior beat Sulphur on long throws — a 39-yarder to Terry Sullivan, a 24-yarder to Trae Shropshire and a 42-yarder to Shyron White for touchdowns, he also executed screen passes to perfection for two more long touchdown passes, a 77-yarder to Douglas Coleman and a 44-yarder to Sullivan .
Sullivan added 109 rushing yards, including a 39-yard touchdown run, on 16 carries for Zachary, which rushed for 334 yards as a team.
“It’s pretty much what we saw on film,” Sulphur coach Jeff Wainwright said. “They do have some weapons.”
And the Broncos have become proficient at getting the ball to the right weapon to make a big play.
“We see what the defense is taking away, then we go the other way,” Brewerton said.
The Tors, featuring an all-underclassmen backfield, piled for 410 yards, with quarterback Byron Walker passing for 107 yards and two touchdowns and running for a 27-yard touchdown and running back J’cobi Skinner rushing for 159 yards on 22 carries. Walker, Skinner and running back Glenn Willis, who scampered for 65 yards on the Tors’ first play from scrimmage, all return next year.
“We’re going to take this as a positive going into the off-season,” Wainwright said.
Zachary is not interested in an off-season yet. Despite the penalties, the Broncos pulled away in the second quarter, turning early deficits of 3-0 and 10-6 to a 33-18 halftime lead, then quickly scoring twice to start the second half to put it away.
“I thought offense was efficient,” Brewerton said. “I thought the defense gave up some big plays here and there, but for the most part, we held them in check.”