WALKER — How special were special teams for sixth-ranked Zachary High Friday night? Special enough to clinch a second straight District 4-5A title for the Broncos.
Cameron Carrier blocked a punt and recovered it for a touchdown, while Douglas Coleman returned a kickoff 77 yards for a score that paved the way for Zachary’s 29-18 victory over Walker High at WHS.
“Cameron Carrier had an unbelievable game tonight,” Zachary coach David Brewerton said. “We played without our two inside linebackers and he stepped into one those spots and played lights out.
“He blocked a punt and recovered it for a touchdown and he was our deep snapper and excelled in wet conditions. Doug dropped some balls, which I’ve never seen him do. But he made plays.”
With the win, Zachary finishes the regular season 9-1, 5-0. The Broncos are 10-0 in 4-5A over the last two season. Walker (5-5, 0-5) played stride for stride with the Broncos, but ultimately lost its fifth straight game. Special teams played a role in three of those losses.
“We’ve been very competitive,” Walker coach Brandon Lawley said. “We can’t beat these kinds of teams when we lose the special teams battle 18-0. You can’t get punts blocked, miss extra points and let the other team return kicks.”
Zachary quarterback Lindsey Scott Jr, ran for 116 yards on 11 carries. He completed 3 of 15 passes, but one of those was good for a TD to Coleman. Terry Sullivan added 98 yards on 16 carries for ZHS.
Walker quarterback Terry Bozeman finished 13 of 21 for 209 yards and a TD. Jalen Hills ran for 65 yards on 13 carries and a TD.
Zachary forced the issue early. Carrier blocked Kyle Nevels’ punt and recovered in the end zone, giving ZHS a 7-0 lead with 8:24 left in the first quarter.
“They put me in that position and told me to go get the ball,” Carrier said. “That’s what I did.”
Walker responded with a 68-yard drive. Bozeman’s 30-yard pass to Judd Lockhart set up 1-yard TD run by Bozeman that made it 7-6.
The Broncos put together their longest of the night, driving 83 yards. Sullivan scored on a 2-yard run that gave Zachary a 14-6 lead with 4:51 left in the half.
Walker drove 55 yards in the closing minutes of the half. But on fourth-and-1 at the Zachary 10, Bozeman’s pass for Hills fell incomplete. The Wildcats also missed a second-half chance when P.J. Cannon intercepted Bozeman in the end zone.
Coleman provided a game-changer when he fielded a sky kick to open the second half and returned it 77 yards for a TD. Scott ran for a two-point PAT that made it 22-6. After Hill got Walker closer by scoring on a 15-yard, Coleman did it again, this time catching a 36-yard TD pass from Scott.