Coach David Brewerton concluded his first football season as Zachary’s head coach with a 12-2 record and posted the school’s first trip to the state semifinals since joining Class 5A in 2009.

The Broncos stumbled on a familiar hurdle, falling against Acadiana for the fourth time in the state playoffs since 2010. Averaging 43 points per game in three previous playoff wins, the third-seeded Broncos were frustrated by the 15th-seeded Wreckin’ Rams and managed just a field goal in a 9-3 semifinal loss Friday.

The Rams, defending Class 5A champions, advance to face Destrehan in the championship game in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, their sixth championship appearance since 2005.

Zachary rushed for 136 yards and threw for 64 more in the loss. The Broncos’ only score was a 32-yard field goal in the first quarter after Acadiana opened the game with a 68-yard drive, with quarterback Kevin Moore scoring on a 39-yard run. The Rams later added a 30-yard field goal in the first half, and neither team managed to add points in the second half.

Many ends Vikings’ season

Fifth-seeded Northeast High School had no answer for top-seeded Many’s powerful running game as the Vikings’ playoff run ended Friday in a 35-12 Class 2A semifinal loss.

The Tigers rolled up 343 rushing yards and 41 yards through the air as they jumped out to a 15-8 halftime lead and added three rushing touchdowns in the second half, wearing down Northeast’s defense.

After scoring on a 70-yard interception return, Many had TD runs of 19, 11, 3 and 54 yards.

Quarterback Marqueon Minor paced the Vikings with 99 passing yards and touchdown passes of 21 yards to Dailon Traylor and 55 yards to Jarman Bradford. Minor also rushed for 76 yards on 11 carries.

Northeast finishes the season with a 10-3 record, while Many will play second-seeded Kinder for the Class 2A championship in the Superdome, a rematch of last year’s title game, won by Kinder.

Broncos 2nd in Herty tourney

Catholic High defeated Zachary 52-46 in the boys’ championship game of the John Herty Memorial Basketball tournament. Jacob Watkins and Demoine Bowie led the Broncos with 12 points apiece. Bowie and Matthew Williams made the All-Tournament team for the Broncos.

The Zachary girls also finished in second place, losing to Broadmoor in the championship game 43-29. Aleah Haynes made the all-tournament team for the Lady Broncos.

ZHS swimmers 12th, 15th

The Broncos swim teams competed at the Louisiana High School Athletic Association state championships in Sulphur. The boys finished 12th and the girls finished 15th out of 35 teams.

Top 16 finishes were recorded by the following swimmers:

200 boys freestyle relay: fifth place, Clay Franklin, Collin Dupuy, Michael Sanford and Luke Troth

400 boys freestyle relay: 10th place, Dupuy, Franklin, Troth and Schyler Mire

200 boys medley relay: 14th place, Mire, Austin Wittig, Stephen Samuel and Garrett Rushing

200 girls freestyle relay: 13th place, Ashley Marler, Breanna Berthelot, Hannah Partin and Aly Clement

400 girls freestyle relay: 14th place, Clement, Berthelot, Partin and Ellen Manuel.

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