It really wasn’t supposed to be a trick question. As he surveyed his team after the Zachary Jamboree, first-year Zachary High coach David Brewerton had to ask.
“OK, guys, so what is our record?” Brewerton said. One player quickly responded with “1-0.”
Brewerton smiled and reminded the Broncos that jamborees don’t count. But the other numbers sure were nice as Zachary rolled past West Feliciana High 38-7 in Brewerton’s debut Friday night at Bronco Stadium.
“We’re not big enough to sit and wait or big enough up front to dominate for four quarters,” Brewerton said. “We’ve got to be able to come out and execute the game plan from the first play down to the last one. “They got a return and did a great job to score. After that, we settled in.”
Central High and Denham Springs were the other winners. Central blanked Baker 21-0 in the first game; Denham Springs ousted East Feliciana 20-14 in the second.
Terry Sullivan ran for 72 yards on seven carries and backup Bryan Bradford added 62 on five carries, including a 39-yard TD run as the Broncos jumped out to a 17-7 lead and didn’t look back.
CENTRAL 21, BAKER 0: Central coach Sid Edwards wanted to see improvement from a scrimmage, and he felt like he got it as the Wildcats played Gabe Brown and Ralph Moore at quarterback. Each signal-caller tossed a TD pass.
“I thought we saw that it was another step in the process,” Edwards said. “It’s hard to play two quarterbacks in a jamboree, but we did and I thought they both did some good things.”
The Wildcats scored on their second possession. The 51-yard drive ended with Brown throwing a 13-yard TD pass to James Schopp. Ross Melton’s point-after kick made it 7-0 with 6:05 remaining.
Moore came on in the second half and tossed a 15-yard scoring pass to Schopp. He also completed a 32-yard pass to Miami commitment Terrell Chatman that set up a 3-yard run to complete the scoring with 2:45 left. The Wildcats limited Baker to 25 yards of offense, including four rushing yards.
DENHAM SPRINGS 20, EAST FELICIANA 14: “Our offense did a nice job of finishing there at the end of the half,” DSHS coach Dru Nettles said. “They made a play.
“We played hard and put together a great effort overall. Now, we’ve got to get ready for the regular season with some tough opponents.”
East Feliciana took the opening kickoff and ate up 71/2 minutes with a 20-yard drive. Christopher Chaney ignited the drive when he took a low punt snap and ran 16 yards for a first down.
Carven Young completed a 20-yard pass to Tyriece Flowers set up Flowers’ 1-yard TD run to give the Tigers a 6-0 lead with 4:26 left in the half.
Denham Springs chewed up the rest of the clock. The Yellow Jackets didn’t have a time out but managed to get a TD on the final play of the half.
Toerrez Kinchen tossed a 14-yard TD pass to D’Juante Edwards to give DSHS a 7-6 lead. The Yellow Jackets got a 62-yard kickoff return from Tyree Goldman to open the second half. Four plays later, Robert Thomas scored on a 6-yard, giving Nettles’ team a 13-6 lead.
Thomas scored again with 4:13 remaining on an 11-yard run, upping the DSHS lead to 20-14.
ZACHARY 38, WEST FELICIANA 7: WFHS drove 45 yards to score after a 39-yard return by Da’Von Harris. Quarterback Ryan Reed scored on a 4-yard run.
From there, it was all Zachary. Douglas Coleman returned a kickoff 93 yards on the ensuing kickoff.
That got the Broncos off and running. Martell Fontenot booted a 19-yard field goal, and P.J. Cannon returned an interception 20 yards for another TD that gave ZHS a 17-7 halftime lead.
Quarterback Lindsey Scott Jr. scored on a 1-yard run to open the second half. The reserves came on after that. Bradford responded with his 39-yard TD run that made it 31-7 with 6:43 to go. Backup quarterback Shyron White scored on a 6-yard to close out the onslaught.