ZACHARY — The quick-strike offense is a given, especially with Lindsey Scott under center. With that in mind, Zachary coach David Brewerton has pleaded with his team for the past nine weeks.
“Play all three phases at a high level,” Brewerton told his bunch repeatedly.
He got it on Friday.
In a 35-point first half, Scott steadied the Broncos offense, throwing for 176 yards and two touchdowns, while Terry Sullivan added two touchdowns and the Broncos defense created a momentum-shifting turnover to capture a 49-27 win against Central on senior night.
Scott connected with Shyron White on the Broncos’ second play from scrimmage, a crossing route across the middle in which White made the catch around his shoestrings, eluding three arm tackles for a 50-yard touchdown to put Zachary up 7-0.
White was one of five Bronco receivers Scott found in the first half as the Syracuse commit went 7-for-9 for 176 yards, including completions on his first six passes and two touchdowns on his first two throws. The Broncos had 14 points after their first four offensive plays — the fourth a 68-yard touchdown strike from Scott to Douglas Coleman, who caught the ball near the line of scrimmage on Scott’s rollout, and was able to avoid tackles at the line to take it for the touchdown.
“We feel like we have the type players to do that,” Brewerton said. “Tonight was the first time we (played all three phases) like that all season long. I’m very proud of the guys the way we came out and started fast.”
With the offense purring with Scott, Zachary’s defense took Brewerton’s cue to effectively put the game away before time expired in the first quarter.
With the Wildcats mounting their first sustained drive of the half late in the first quarter, Zachary safety Braylon Jones read Central quarterback Gabe Brown’s quick pass perfectly, sitting back to pick it off and return it for a 48-yard, untouched touchdown, putting the Broncos up 21-0 with 3:39 left in the first quarter.
Sullivan added his two touchdowns in the second quarter — the second on a delayed draw with less than 15 seconds left in the half from 24 yards out — to send Zachary into the locker room comfortably ahead 35-0.
Scott ended his night on the first drive of the third quarter. Facing a fourth down in Wildcats territory, Scott evaded a collapsed pocket, made three cuts and dove into the end zone on a dazzling 27-yard touchdown run that put the Broncos up 42-0. That was the final play most Zachary starters saw.
“It’s the best game we’ve played, by far, this season,” Brewerton said. “Hopefully that means at this time of year we’re starting to put everything together. We had everybody healthy and ready to go, and it made a huge difference.”
Facing Zachary’s backup defense for most of the second half, Central quarterback Gabe Brown connected on touchdown passes of 44 and 32 yards while the Wildcats continued to fight despite the large deficit.
“Zachary is absolutely superb,” Central coach Sid Edwards said. “One thing about this bunch, we made a pact with each other that we’re going to play the full 48 regardless of the scoreboard. We’ll wipe the blood off our lip, and we’ll go back to work tomorrow. My pride level for them hasn’t been diminished.”