The matchup between Dutchtown and Zachary features two of the Baton Rouge area’s top Class 5A football programs.
It could be one of the better games of the year. The game set for 7 p.m. Friday at Dutchtown has a deeper significance for the families of the two quarterbacks.
At one point, Dutchtown’s Jared Sparks and ZHS’ Lindsey Scott Jr. were teammates at DHS. Now they’ll be on opposite sides, providing an interesting scenario for their fathers.
Kenyatta Sparks, a wide receiver, and running back Lindsey Scott Sr. were roommates and close friends while playing for Southern University in the 1990s. They were part of the 1993 team that won the HBCU National Championship. They’ll be on opposite sides this week.
“We’ve been talking about this a long time,” Jared said. “Going into our freshman year, we didn’t know it was going to be like this.
“Our fathers have known each other, we grew up together and we always talked about being together on the big stage and wanting each other to get there.”
Sparks, a Southern Mississippi commitment, has 638 passing yards and six touchdowns for the 3-1 Griffins. Scott, who transferred to Zachary before his sophomore year, was the Class 5A Offensive MVP last season. He has 686 passing yards and 461 rushing yards with 16 total TDs for eighth-ranked Zachary (3-1) going into the nondistrict game.
“It’s tough,” Kenyatta Sparks said. “You pull for both of them, but at the end of the day, you want your home team to win. Ever since it was on the schedule, me and Lindsey (Sr.) have been talking about it, and it’s challenging for us because our sons are the quarterbacks.”
Tragedy nixes Sillman game
The death of a Copiah Academy player in a car crash has prompted the school to cancel its Mississippi Association of Independent Schools nondistrict game with Silliman Institute on Friday.
“When they called us about it on Tuesday, we totally understood,” Silliman coach T.J. Davis said. “The young man who died was their starting quarterback and had taken just about all the snaps. Not playing the game is the right thing to do for their school. We support that. It’s such a tragedy.”
Jarious “Jay” Holloway was driving to school earlier this week when the crash took place, according to the Jackson Clarion-Ledger.
So Silliman (5-1) has structured its week much like a college open date. Davis said the Wildcats have gone back to fundamentals and will do a limited scrimmage Friday.
“We’ll hit some, because you don’t want to get soft,” Davis said. “We’re not doing any game planning. We’re looking for ways to make ourselves better.”
Tall order for who?
Catholic High travels to Lafayette to take on a Teurlings Catholic team led by 6-foot-7 quarterback Cole Kelley on Friday.
Kelley, an Arkansas commitment, has completed 59 of 115 passes for 839 yards and eight TDs through four games.
Catholic coach Dale Weiner said Kelley is the tallest quarterback the Class 5A Bears have faced. Meanwhile, Teurlings coach Sonny Charpentier said facing the Bears is a tall order for his team.
“(The Bears) make you have to worry about a lot of things,” Charpentier said.
The Baton Rouge area can boast having the state’s top three passers four weeks into the season, based on the latest statewide statistics compiled by Ron Brocato for the Louisiana Sports Writers Association.
Walker High’s Terry Bozeman has 1,034 passing yards and 16 touchdowns to lead the way. Class 5A Walker (4-0) hosts 4A Assumption (4-0) Friday night.
St. Amant’s Hayden Mallory (1,014, 14 TDs) and Donaldsonville’s Tyler Brown (1,007, 9 TDs) round out the top three.
Donaldsonville receiver Stephen Sullivan, a former LSU commitment, ranks third among receivers with 26 catches for 414 yards and five TDs.
William Weathers contributed to this report