ZACHARY - Three District 4-5A teams found different ways to rule at the Zachary High School Jamboree on Friday night.
Central, Denham Springs and host Zachary all ousted District 6-3A teams in the games played at ZHS’ Bronco Stadium.
Wide receiver Gary Triplet caught a 73-yard touchdown pass from Brett Courville to give Central a 7-2 victory over East Feliciana in the first game.
Justin Martin had a 78-yard kickoff return and ran for 84 yards, while Anthoney Bracey scored three touchdowns as Denham Springs ran away with a 31-7 win over West Feliciana.
Host Zachary started slow, but scored two second-half TDs en route to a 21-0 win over West Feliciana in the nightcap. Ron Pennington, Aaron Simon and Boston Scott all scored the Broncos.
“We’ve got a team with some experience,” DSHS coach Dru Nettles said. “They came out ready to play and they made some plays.”
CENTRAL 7, EAST FELICIANA 2: Two big plays in the first-half provided all the scoring.
“We’re very young and we made some mistakes,” Central coach Doug Dotson said. “But we were able to use the speed we have to make a big play.”
EFHS took the opening kickoff and drove all the way to the Central 1. But the Tigers turned the ball over on downs. On Central’s second scrimmage play, Triplet was tackled for a safety by Jonathan Goss, giving EFHS a 2-0 lead.
Triplet turned the tables about five minutes later, catching a 73-yard TD pass from Courville. Jonathon Thibodeaux’s point-after kick gave Central a 7-2 lead with 54 seconds remaining. Neither team mounted a serious threat in the second half.
Courville was 2-for-5 for 78 yards and also rushed for 50 yards. Thorcorrence Hawkins completed 6 of 9 passes for 47 yards for EFHS. Tyler Armstead ran for 31 yards on five carries for the Tigers.
“We’ve just got to keep playing,” Anderson said. “We’ve got to get better.”
DENHAM SPRINGS 31, WEST FELICIANA 7: The Yellow Jackets played without top rusher Kaleb Blanchard, who is sidelined with a separated shoulder. Martin and Bracey filled that role well.
First, Martin returned the opening kickoff 78 yards. Two plays later, he scored on a 4-yard run and David McKey’s PAT kick made it 7-0.
West Feliciana muffed the kickoff and Michael Clayton recovered, giving Denham Springs the ball at the WFHS 16. McKey’s 36-yard field goal made it 10-0 game with 9:50 left.
The Yellow Jackets added a late first-half TD on a 12-yard run by Bracey, who had 38 yards on six carries.
West Feliciana got the next big play. Preston Cobb returned the second-half kickoff 90 yards for a TD. Dayne Denham’s PAT made it a 17-7 game.
DSHS countered with a eight-play drive that ended with Kyle Cedotal’s 40-yard TD pass to Bracey, making it a 24-7 game. Bracey scored on a 14-yard run with 1:02 left to complete the scoring.
“We had a lot of young kids out there,” WFHS coach Robb Odom said. “The thing I’m disappointed in is we didn’t execute some basic things. We’ll get better.”
ZACHARY 21, BAKER 0: Pennington ran for 42 yards, while Mason Pace passed for 56 yards for the Broncos. Simon had three catches for 68 yards for the Broncos.
“We were shaky on our first offensive series,” Zachary coach Neil Weiner said. “But the defense played great all night. The offense came around as the game went on.”
Kensley Septs led Baker with 57 yards on 12 carries.
Zachary’s 72-yard, first-half drive included a 20-yard run by Pace, who tossed a 6-yard scoring pass to Simon at the 5:40 mark. Brandon Delhom booted the first of three PATs to make it 7-0.
Baker got into Zachary territory a couple of times, but turned the ball over on downs. A 43-yard pass from Pace to Simon set up a 1-yard TD run with 5:55 remaining. Scott scored on a 4-yard run with 1:59 left.
“The biggest difference between us and Zachary is depth,” Baker coach Robert Raines said. “I don’t think we were intimidated, but we got worn down.”