The third-seeded Zachary Broncos are one hurdle away from the Class 5A championship game in the Superdome. Standing in the way of first-year coach David Brewerton’s squad is 15th-seeded Acadiana, the defending state champs, in Friday’s Class 5A semifinal contest in Lafayette.

The Broncos opened the playoffs with a 53-27 win over 30th-seeded Airline then beat 19th-seed Denham Springs 35-10 on the road before last week’s 41-26 home triumph over 22nd-seeded Scotlandville.

Friday’s contest will be the Wreckin’ Rams’ second at home during the playoffs while Zachary is traveling for the second time.

Acadiana, which has won 20 straight home playoff games over nine seasons, advanced through the playoffs with victories over 18th-seeded St. Amant (37-0), second-seeded Ponchatoula (38-28) and 10th-seeded Mandeville (28-14) last week. The Rams are 9-4 for the season and finished District 3-5A with a 5-2 mark.

Acadiana’s offense is led by quarterback Kevin Moore, LSU-committed tight end Bry-Keithen Mouton and running back Malik Eugene.

Zachary quarterback Lindsey Scott Jr. accounted for five touchdowns in leading the Broncos over Scotlandville to its 12th straight victory.

He completed 11 of 18 passes for 156 yards and four touchdowns and added a 42-yard touchdown run. Defensively, Zachary’s Khari Lowe had two touchdowns and a fumble recovery against Scotlandville.

Northeast to play No. 1 Many

The good news for Coach Dave Masterson’s Northeast Vikings is they defeated rival East Feliciana 14-12 on Nov. 28 to keep their season alive. The bad news for fifth-seeded Northeast is that it travels to face No. 1-seeded Many on Friday in a Class 2A semifinal.

Many is 13-0 this season after playoff wins over 32nd-seeded Homer (73-0), 16th-seeded Lake Arthur (41-6) and ninth-seeded St. James (28-14) on Friday. Coach Jess Curtis’ Tigers are in familiar position.

They were top-seeded last year and lost to Kinder 34-20 in the Superdome, and the year before, they lost in the quarterfinals.

Northeast been able to advance through the playoffs because of a stingy defense: The Vikings opened with a 14-6 victory over Capital, followed by a 24-15 win over Pickering and then their triumph over East Feliciana.

Against East Feliciana, Northeast was led by quarterback Marqueon Minor, who rushed for 71 yards and passed for 59 more. Minor connected on a 9-yard touchdown pass to Jarman Bradford in the first half, and Dominic Yates scored on a 4-yard run in the second half. Minor’s two-point conversion run proved to be the difference in the game.

McNeely on preseason team

Zachary High school junior Alyssa McNeely has been named to the Baton Rouge Large School Preseason Girls All-Area team in basketball. McNeely is one of 10 girls from area high schools on the team, representing Broadmoor, Live Oak, Plaqumine, St. Amant, St. Michael, Walker and Zachary.

Rackets sought for YMCA

The Americana YMCA is looking for new or gently-used tennis racket donations for their facility. The rackets will stay on location and will be available free of charge to children attending YMCA youth programs and Y members. Contact the Amerciana YMCA at (225) 654-9622 for information.

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