ZACHARY — It was the ultimate compliment for Zachary High football coach David Brewerton.
“He told me he was proud of me,” Brewerton said. “He was very impressed with our kids and so am I.”
The following was an exchange between Brewerton and his longtime mentor and former coach, Dale Weiner of Catholic High, near midfield Friday after the fifth-ranked Broncos defeated the Bears, 41-26.
Reigning Class 5A state offensive MVP Lindsey Scott turned his usual superlative performance, accounting for 342 yards of offense and four touchdowns, enabling the Broncos (2-0) to roll up 504 yards of offense.
Scott completed 14 of 21 passes for 199 yards with two touchdowns tosses to RJ Newton and a back-breaking 37-yarder to Douglas Coleman that made it 34-19 with 9:26 remaining in the game.
“They have a great team with a lot of good skill positions,” Weiner said. “They made some big plays. Then we started clicking later in the game, but it’s always tough to spot people points.”
Catholic (0-2) trailed 17-6 at halftime but kept Zachary on its heels during the second half, thanks in part to a passing game that came alive.
Junior Ian Brian ignited Catholic’s offense that generated 402 yards with a sterling effort of his own, completing 19 of 34 passes for 295 yards and a 7-yard touchdown to Blair Bogan with 4:15 to go, slicing Zachary’s lead to 34-26.
Zachary capped its offensive explosion with 2:33 left on Terry Sullivan’s 24-yard run.
“What I wanted to see us do was when we got opportunities in the red zone we needed to come away points and we did that which kept constant pressure on them,” Brewerton said. “I’m so proud of our kids. They fought for four quarters.”
Catholic’s Clyde Edwards-Helaire finished with 217 all-purpose yards and a 2-yard TD that left the Bears trailing 24-12 following a missed two-point attempt midway through the third quarter.
Edwards-Helaire paced the team’s ground game with 24 carries for 90 yards, while catching 5 passes for 73 yards along with Bogan, who had 5 grabs for 101 yards.
“It very important for us to fight back and not let the score dictate how we were going to approach the game,” Weiner said. “It got us back in the game by being mentally tough. I was proud of that.”
Zachary finished with a pair of 100-yard rushers with Scott (15-143) and Sullivan (11-103). Shyron White led the Broncos with 6 catches for 55 yards.
Zachary scored on its first three drives of the first half with Scott rushing and passing for touchdowns for a 17-6 halftime lead.
Zachary needed just over a minute to respond to Catholic’s opening field goal from Parker Fontenot with Scott passing 19 yards to Newton to take the lead for good.
The Broncos, who converted a fake punt into an Ashton Bastedo 34-yard field goal, went on to reel of 17 straight points that included Scott’s 1-yard run at the 10:18 mark of the second quarter.
“You score 41 against Catholic, that’s big,” Brewerton said. “They do a good job and their kids are so well coached.”