Zachary rolled over Scotlandville 41-7 at Scotlandville Friday in the District 4-5A opener for both teams.
The Broncos had a 20-0 lead early in the second quarter, fought off a brief surge just before halftime, added three more second half touchdowns behind the field leadership of quarterback Lindsey Scott, Jr. and cruised to the victory.
Scotlandville coach Eric Randall said this game would be a test for his young team, and he wasn’t ready to give them a very good score.
“You’ve got to tip your hat to Zachary. We got outplayed,” Randall said. “I don’t know what happened. I don’t know where our kids were mentally. I thought our coaches worked hard and put a here tonight.’
Randall credited Scott with giving Scotlandville (3-2, 0-1) a lot of their problems.
“He made things happen — he made plays,” Randall said. “He made throws and he broke tackles.
Scott left most of the ground game to running backs Terry Sullivan (19 carries for 73 yards) and Bart Bradford (six for 62 yards), but he did get one touchdown on a 1-yard sneak and he threw for two others. Shyron White caught both TD passes, one for 13 yards and one for 38, and had four catches for 97 yards. Douglas Coleman had 81 yards on five catches, and Terry Sullivan was the Broncos’ leading rusher with 19 carries for 75 yards.
Zachary coach David Brewerton was pleased with his team’s physical play, especially on defense, and its offensive balance.
“I can’t say enough about our defense tonight,” he said. “Physicality is a brand of football that we try to get our team to play. Scotlandville puts such unbelievable athletes on the field, and they can take it to the house at any time. Our offense was only average, and I thought we left some points out there, but our defense was very, very strong.”
Zachary’s defense gave up 85 yards on 15 carries to running back Delmas Holmes, but held the Hornets to 171 total yards.
After a sluggish start by both teams to open the game, Zachary found the end zone on a 13-yard pass from Scott to White.
Two plays later the Broncos scored again when Khari Lowe picked off a Levi Lewis pass and took it 35 yards for a TD.
Zachary took advantage of a 10-yard Scotlandville punt and had to drive only 34 yards for its third touchdown. Sullivan gained 31 of those on three running plays, and Scott sneaked in from the one.
Another short punt put the Broncos at the 29, but this time the Hornets’ defense stiffened and gave up only a 5-yard penalty and one yard of rushing before taking over on downs.
The defensive stand was followed by Scotlandville’s biggest play of the half, a 61-yard strike from Lewis to Kaleb Harmon. It took the Hornets four plays to score from the 5-yard line, but Holmes leaned across on fourth-and-one and the margin was 20-7 at halftime.
Aside from their long pass play, yardage was scarce for Scotlandville in the first half, and they had a net of only three additional yards on 23 plays.