John Ehret linebacker Michael Divinity putting ‘my big boy pants on,’ signs with LSU _lowres

Advocate file photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- John Ehret's Michael Divinity

Class 5A: (2) Zachary vs. (9) John Ehret

WHEN: 7 p.m. Saturday

RECORDS: Zachary 13-1, John Ehret 12-2

How they got here

ZACHARY: Beat Sulphur 54-32; beat Dutchtown 35-14; beat Hahnville 55-27; beat Parkway 41-27

JOHN EHRET: Beat East Ascension 39-7; beat Live Oak 25-2; beat Ponchatoula 34-7; beat Mandeville 7-6

Last time in the state final

Zachary is making its first appearance. Ehret beat St. Martinville 42-7 for the Class 4A crown in 1985.

Top storyline: Both sides now

Zachary is known for its prolific offense led by QB Lindsey Scott Jr., who has 4,686 yards of total offense. Ehret has a lock-down defense led by LB Michael Divinity, who has 56 tackles with 15 tackles for loss and 13 sacks.

Gameplan

ZACHARY: Zachary has to balance its offense and complete some passes early. Establishing the pass and RB Terry Sullivan also will be crucial. The defense has to play its part and not give up big plays.

JOHN EHRET: We know the defense is first-rate. How much offense will the Patriots generate against a Zachary defense that has had some ups and downs?

Key players

ZACHARY: Scott (2,810 passing yards with 30 TDs, 5 interceptions; 1,876 rushing yards 26 TDs), Sullivan (1,402 rushing yards, 16 TDs), WR Doug Coleman (59 catches, 1,358 yards, 13 TDs), LB Ty’Wan Beardon (73 tackles), DB P.J. Cannon (three interceptions)

JOHN EHRET: Divinity, QB Travis Mumphrey (913 yards, 12 TDs, 4 interceptions), LB/QB De’Jon Harris (80 tackles, 999 rushing yards, 15 TDs), ATH Kerry Sparks (57 tackles), DB Jarius Wallace (41 tackles, 7 interceptions), LB Robert Green (62 tackles, 29 sacks, 22 tackles for loss)

Predictions

Robin Fambrough: Zachary 34, John Ehret 30

Rod Walker: John Ehret 21, Zachary 20