ZACHARY — All season long, Zachary coach David Brewerton has preached to his ninth-ranked Broncos that they will be getting every team’s best shot. That was the case Friday night as ZHS fought back from a 14-0 hole and escaped with a 22-21 win over District 4-5A rival Central to remain undefeated.
“My heart is racing,” Zachary senior quarterback Lindsey Scott said of the win. “A win like this is just as good as opening a gift on Christmas.”
Trailing 21-14 but threatening to score with 59 seconds left in the game, Scott connected with his fellow senior Maurice Flowers on a backdoor screen for a 27-yard score.
Instead of electing to kick the extra point and ensuring overtime, Zachary’s offense stayed on the field.
“We have a two-point play that we’ve practiced twice a week since May,” Brewerton said. “The way we played, I felt like there was no need to prolong the game. We knew we could run that play.”
Scott executed the play to perfection as he placed the ball perfectly to sophomore Shyron White, who broke away from his receiver on a double move.
“When it’s crunch time like that, those are the hardest throws to make,” said Scott who threw for 134 yards. “I guess we need a new two-point play now.”
Scott was a significant part in the Broncos comeback. Before his connections with Flowers and White, he twice completed touchdown passes to Douglas Coleman for 7 and 30 yards.
“He’s such a good player,” Brewerton said of Scott. “Once he settled down and ran the offense, he was productive.”
It was a particularly bitter pill to swallow for Central coach Sid Edwards. The Wildcats took a 21-14 lead with 2:32 to go on a 2-yard touchdown run and an apparent game-winner by senior quarterback Tyler Sansone.
Despite the letdown in the end, Edwards still looked at the brighter side of things.
“I thought we did a great job from start to finish,” Edwards said. “Zachary has a really good team, and I’m just proud of our kids for refusing to quit fighting.”
After a scoreless first quarter, Central ended the stalemate at the 10:55 mark in the second quarter when running back Leo Brownfield took a handoff from Sansone on a sweep to the left. The senior running back made a quick cut up the field and scored on a 9-yard run, giving the Wildcats a 7-0 advantage and their first lead in more than four weeks.
Central’s offense got the ball back on an interception by senior safety Kevin Henry that was returned to the Zachary 20-yard line. Two plays later, Central handed the ball off to Brownfield again, and he turned it in to an 18-yard touchdown and a 14-0 lead.
Brownfield played a huge role in Central’s game-high 195 rushing yards with 119 yards on 20 carries in addition to his two scores.
“He weighs about 125 but runs like he is 230,” Edwards said of Brownfield. “He ran hard and gave us a real chance.”
With less than two minutes to go in the first half, the Broncos had the ball at the Central 3-yard line and appeared poised to find the end zone. However, a bad exchange between Scott and running back Terry Sullivan led to a fumble that was recovered by Central’s John Hodges for the second of Zachary’s three turnovers.
“We hadn’t played that bad since I’ve been here,” Brewerton said. “Central was very prepared and we couldn’t seem to sustain a drive for a while.”