A nearly perfect first quarter helped Zachary easily accomplish its goal of winning its first outright football district title as a Class 5A school.
Zachary surged to a 36-0 lead after one quarter and defeated Broadmoor 56-22 at Broadmoor on Friday night.
Ninth-ranked Zachary (9-1) won its ninth straight game and finished a perfect 6-0 in District 4-5A in its first season under coach David Brewerton. Zachary shared the 2010 title with Central. It was the sixth time this season that the Broncos scored over 40 points.
“Getting that first outright district championship was very important for our program,” Brewerton said. “The kids really came out ready to go and were focused. We were dominant in all three phases of the game and were able to play every senior tonight.”
Zachary sophomore Braylon Jones scored on an 85-yard kickoff return on the first play of the game and added rushing TDs of 11 and 38 yards in the first half.
ZHS junior Terry Sullivan added first-quarter rushing TDs of 4 and 7 yards. The Broncos also got a defensive touchdown on Khari Lowe’s 43-yard fumble return following a fumble by Broadmoor senior quarterback Earl Butler. Zachary led 14-0 with 10:04 remaining in the first quarter.
Broadmoor (3-7, 2-4) had four turnovers in the first half. The Bucs lost three fumbles and Zachary needed just four plays to score three touchdowns.
On Broadmoor’s second play from scrimmage, Butler’s errant lateral was recovered by Sylvester Perkins to set up a three-play, 16-yard drive capped by Sullivan’s 4-yard run that put Zachary up 14-0 with 10:04 remaining in the first quarter.
Zachary’s defense quickly forced a punt. The Broncos drove 66 yards in six plays. Junior quarterback Lindsey Scott completed three passes in the drive for 54 yards. His 37-yard pass to Maurice Flowers was a key play. Sullivan scored on a 7-yard run.
Broadmoor’s third fumble was on its kickoff return and Zachary’s Jarred Hopkins recovered to set up an 11-yard TD run by Jones. Zachary scored 22 points in the final five minutes of the first quarter.
Broadmoor co-coach Elliott Wilkins said Zachary is the best team his squad has faced this season.
“Zachary really put a whooping on us,” he said. “We had some mistakes early and it snowballed from there.”
Broadmoor senior running back Brodrick Dellihue finished with 172 yards rushing on 22 carries to push his season total to 1,346 yards. Dellihue scored on an 80-yard run in the second quarter and a 3-yard run in the fourth quarter.
Brian Smith also caught a 5-yard scoring pass from Butler in the third quarter.
Zachary led 49-8 at the half. Zachary’s Douglas Coleman scored on a 59-yard punt return with 9:15 remaining in the third quarter.
Quinton Townsel had an interception in the end zone for Zachary in the first half. Zachary’s defense sacked Butler six times.
Jones led Zachary in rushing with 52 yards on five carries. Scott had three carries for 33 yards and completed six of nine passes for 77 yards.