ZACHARY — It took the Zachary offense a full half before it found a groove against East Feliciana, but with the Broncos playing near flawless defense, it didn’t matter.
After squandering three first-half possessions deep in Tigers’ territory, Zachary turned on the jets in the second half and went on to rout East Feliciana 49-8.
Leading 14-0 after two quarters, Zachary (2-1) scored touchdowns on its first five second-half possessions to pull away from East Feliciana (1-2). Going for its second shutout win in a row, Zachary surrendered a long touchdown pass late in the game for the Tigers’ only points.
Lindsey Scott led Zachary, throwing for two touchdowns and running for another. Shyron White had two scores, one running and one receiving. Braylon Jones added two fourth-quarter touchdown runs.
“We’ve tried to make some massive changes and have a little overhaul in the last six months,” Zachary coach David Brewerton said of the Broncos defense. “Right now we’re playing really well on that side of the ball.
“We thought our offense would have to carry us until the defense got settled in, but they’ve played really well the first three weeks.”
East Feliciana had just six first downs and 157 yards of total offense, 64 coming on Carven Young’s fourth-quarter touchdown pass to Marvell Jackson. Young completed 5 of 12 passes for 102 yards with two interceptions.
East Feliciana didn’t gain a second half first until late in the third quarter, and with many of the Tigers playing both ways they began to tire.
“When you look at the (roster) numbers, Class 5A going against 2A, they kind of wore us down,” East Feliciana coach Cedric Anderson said of the second-half troubles. “It paid off for them.”
Zachary moved out to a 14-0 lead early in the second quarter but squandered chances to increase its lead after White‘s touchdown run.
Following the ensuing kickoff, East Feliciana took over at its 20 but ran into trouble on second-and-9. Quarterback Carven Young rolled out looking for Jakalon Keller. Instead, Zachary’s Khari Lowe was in the way, going up high to make the interception at the EFHS 20.
Zachary promptly returned the favor as Scott’s sideline pass was intercepted by Keller on second-and-10.
The Broncos got another chance three plays later when Ty’Wan Beardon stepped in front of Young’s pass for Chris Chaney. But Treylan Dunn sacked Scott on third down, and Zachary was forced to punt after taking over at the EFHS 22.
Zachary took its lead with touchdown drives on consecutive possessions that bridged the first and second quarters.
The first score came on a 7-play, 45-yard drive after the Broncos defense forced a three-and-out deep in EFHS territory. Scott finished off the drive with an improvised 8-yard scramble for the touchdown.
On its next series, Scott keyed a 68-yard drive with a 23-yard completion and a 28-yard run. On first-and-goal at the EFHS 5, Scott lost 4 yards and his helmet in the process. Backup quarterback Sharon White came in, and scored from 9 yards out giving the Broncos a 14-0 lead with 8:53 left in the half.
“Three trips in the red zone (with no points) didn’t make me real happy,” Brewerton said. “(East Feliciana) did a few things different than we’d seen on film. We were able to get in and make some adjustments.”
The lead grew to 35-0 in the third quarter after Zachary scored on drives of 56, 19 and 52 yards.