Broncos on road to face top-seeded West Monroe

After playing 11 of its first 13 weeks at home, Zachary’s football team has become road warriors, facing two of arguably its most important challenges of the season away from the friendly confines of Bronco Stadium.

Last weekend, the fourth-seeded Broncos traveled to Bossier City and tamed No. 12 Airline 34-24 in the Class 5A non-select playoff quarterfinal contest.

This week, Zachary travels to West Monroe for a clash against the top-rated Rebels with a berth in the All-State Sugar Bowl/LHSAA Prep Classic on Dec. 9 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans on the line. The Broncos will be looking for a measure of revenge after West Monroe denied them a second straight trip to the Superdome in the 2016 playoffs with a 35-14 semifinal playoff win. The Broncos were 2015 state champs.

After back-to-back 38-0 wins to open this year’s playoffs, the Broncos got the road test they needed against Airline.

“Airline tied it at 24-24, and the place went nuts,” Coach David Brewerton said. “I told them ‘situations like this are where championships are won.’ ”

The Broncos responded with two drives — one that led to a field goal and the other a touchdown — to put the game away in championship form.

This week, Zachary will face an undefeated West Monroe team at 13-0 that has cruised through the playoffs with wins over Central (51-15), Dutchtown (49-21) and Barbe (31-17). The Rebels are led by senior dual-threat quarterback Slade Bolden, an Alabama commit.

Zachary will be making its fourth straight semifinal appearance under Brewerton and the Broncos will counter with a team that is no longer inexperienced like the team that faced the Rebels a year ago.

Sophomore quarterback Keilon Brown has emerged from predecessor Lindsey Scott’s shadow to be a formidable dual-threat leader. He’s surrounded by enough offensive weapons that sparked the Broncos to an 8-2 regular season and a three-game blitz to get to the semis. The Bronco defense is stronger, faster and more experienced than the squad that faced West Monroe a year ago.

Tickets for Friday’s game are $12 and are available at Rouse’s, the ZHS front office and the ZHS Athletic Center. Call (225) 654-2776 for ticket and fan bus information.

Many ends Northeast’s season

The rushing attack of Many’s A.J. Carter and Shacori Collier proved to be too much for coach Dave Masterson’s Northeast football team, which made a nice playoff run. Many defeated Northeast 49-20 in a Class 2A nonselect quarterfinal contest.

Carter ran for 326 yards and four touchdowns and Collier pitched in with 132 yards and two scores as Many scored on seven of its first eight possessions to put the game out of reach early.

The Vikings, which finished the season 7-5, were short-handed due to an injury to running back Greg Whitley, who had four carries for a yard. Curtis Keaton ran for 116 yards and two touchdowns.

“After their first drive, we knew we were having trouble matching up with them, not scheme-wise, but physically, because of their line and the backs they have,” said Masterson. “I’m proud of our guys. They kept fighting.”

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