Zachary High football coach David Brewerton was concerned about how his team might handle only a hot, humid practice Wednesday.
Once Brewerton told the Broncos they would be playing against Calvary Baptist on ESPNU next month, the problem was solved.
“We had a pretty inspired practice after that,” Brewerton said. “Needless to say, they were excited when I told them. More than anything else, I’m happy for this team … these guys. The chance for them to play on a stage like that means so much.”
Earlier in the day, Brewerton learned plans to televise Zachary’s Sept. 25 game with Calvary in Shreveport had been finalized. It is scheduled to be broadcast at 7 p.m. on ESPNU as part of its GEICO ESPN High School Football Showcase.
“It was in the works since February,” Brewerton said. “Calvary contacted us and said they had been working with ESPN to do a game, and they were trying to decide on an opponent.”
Calvary, a Class 2A school, won the past two Division III select state titles. Zachary lost to eventual 5A champion Acadiana in the semifinals.
The Broncos will be the second Baton Rouge team featured on an ESPNU showcase game. ESPNU televised the Redemptorist vs. Patterson game played at Nicholls State in 2010.
That game featured three future LSU players, running backs Kenny Hilliard of Patterson and Jeremy Hill of Redemptorist, along with offensive lineman La’el Collins.
ESPN is labeling the games as a showcase for elite quarterbacks. When talks for the game began, Calvary had one of the top senior quarterback prospects in Ole Miss commitment Shea Patterson, who transferred to Florida’s IMG Academy over the summer.
Patterson and IMG will be part of the showcase on another date. Jake Bartley is the new starting quarterback for the Cavaliers, who have two defensive backs, Andraez Williams (LSU) and Rodarius Williams (Oklahoma State), committed to major colleges.
“When Patterson left, we weren’t sure what was going to happen,” Brewerton said. “Fortunately, ESPN stood by their plan to televise the game. That means a lot, too.”
Zachary is led by senior quarterback Lindsey Scott Jr., who earned all-state honors in 2014 after passing for 2,231 yards and 24 touchdowns. He also rushed for 965 yards and 15 TDs.
“It’s great that we’re going to get the chance to be on ESPN,” Scott said. “To be seen by a national audience is something that will be great for our program.
“We’ve got to prepare for it and treat it like any other game.”