ZACHARY —The Zachary Broncos entered their jamboree Friday against West Feliciana as one of the giants in Class 5A after last year’s trip to the playoff semifinals.
But the Saints knocked off the Broncos 14-6. Because it was a jamboree, the Saints didn’t get an official win, but it was a gratifying triumph for the visitors.
“Two football teams lined up, and one team was hungry and one team was entitled,” said Zachary coach David Brewerton, who guided the Broncos to the semifinals of the Class 5A playoffs in 2014, his first season at Zachary. “West Feliciana wanted to win, and we didn’t.”
The West Feliciana defense allowed Zachary only one first down in the second 15-minute half, shutting out the home team after jumping out to a 14-6 lead at halftime.
After Zachary received the kickoff, the Saints quickly took the lead after a muffed snap on a punt gave them the ball at the Broncos’ 23-yard line. Four plays later, running back R.C. Carmenia powered in for a score from 6 yards out at the 11:23 mark.
After another Broncos drive stalled, Saints returner Darius Davis fielded a punt at his 5 and returned it 95 yards for another score. Derek “Skeeter” Turner threw a two-point conversion pass to Davon Harris make it 14-0.
The Broncos answered with a four-play drive, highlighted by a 6-yard TD run by Terry Sullivan with less than eight minutes in the half. The kick failed and neither team mounted a serious threat nor reached the red zone for the rest of the game.
“Our kids fought hard tonight. The defense did a good job,” Saints coach Robb Odom said. “I said early in the year, the defense is going to have to hold their own while the offense gets used to playing together. We made some mistakes, and we made enough plays on offense to do what we needed.”
Quarterback Lindsey Scott, last year’s Class 5A All-State MVP, struggled against the Saints defense, completing only 4 of 19 passes.
“I told our kids, the record is still the same: 0-0,” Brewerton said. “We are disappointed in the way we performed tonight after putting in so much work over the summer and until now, but we have to get ready for next week.”
Both teams are on the road for their season openers next Friday. Zachary will play at Wilkinson County (Mississippi), while West Feliciana plays at East Feliciana.