ZACHARY — Zachary High coach David Brewerton hoped to see some improvement and better intensity from his team after last week’s last-minute 22-21 victory over Central.
What he got was a dominating performance by his team, which rolled to a 70-20 triumph over struggling Walker High in a District 4-5A contest at Bronco Stadium.
On a night that seniors were honored before the game and saw plenty of action throughout the evening, Zachary jumped out to a 42-6 advantage after the first quarter and a 63-14 lead at the half. Senior receiver Keidrick Haynes scored on a 7-yard sweep on the Broncos first possession, then junior quarterback Lindsey Scott Jr. ran for touchdowns of 9, 22 and 23 yards and passed for one to junior receiver Douglas Coleman for 42 yards.
Senior defensive back Quinton Townsel scored two defensive touchdowns, one on a 32-yard interception return and another on a 32-yard return of a fumbled kickoff.
“I’m happy for those guys,” Brewerton said. “When we came here, the seniors bought into what we wanted to accomplish and from day one, they’ve done everything we’ve asked them to do.”
Scott and most of the starters didn’t play in the second half and Brewerton and his staff substituted liberally.
“We made sure everyone played today and they got a chance to learn to trust the execution,” said Brewerton. “We’ll get an opportunity to evaluate all of the young players, so this game was great from that aspect our program.”
Zachary improved to 7-1 overall and 4-0 in District 4-5A. The Broncos travel to Denham Springs in a showdown with the Yellow Jackets for the district title.
“The staff will come in tomorrow, we’ll break down the game film then go to work on Denham Springs,” said Brewerton. “We stayed healthy in this game and we’re going to go to start preparing for next week.”
There were some bright spots for the Wildcats. Quarterback Terry Bozeman scored on a 6-yard run in the first quarter, passed for 19 yards to Jacob Kennedy in the second quarter and closed it out with an 8-yard TD run in the fourth. He also completed a 2-point conversion pass to Kennedy.
For Walker coach Dwayne Severio, it was another step in the learning process for his young team, which starts just one senior.
“Zachary’s a good team and I thought we might be able to hang with them early, but we gave them too many opportunities,” said Severio, whose team fell to 0-8 overall and 0-4 in district. “We’re young and we take it one day, one week at a time and just try to get better.”
Zachary scored once in the second half on a 62-yard run by sophomore Braylon Jones.
“We stayed fully healthy tonight, and now we’re going to focus on Denham and hopefully we’ll go get a win,” Brewerton said.