Scotlandville and Zachary high schools weren’t rivals in the truest sense until three years ago.
The teams met two times in 2014 and the Broncos won twice, including a victory in the Class 5A quarterfinals.
In 2016, the teams combined for 987 yards, but it was a fumble recovery in the end zone that gave Zachary a 49-46 win. From there, the Broncos went on to win the Class 5A LHSAA title. Scotlandville won 24-21 a year ago and was the Division I runner-up.
Now fifth-ranked Scotlandville (7-0, 4-0) travels to No. 9 Zachary (6-2, 4-0) for a District 4-5A game that highlights the Week 9 football schedule.
Expect some sparks to fly? So do the coaches, but for now they’re focusing on the task at hand. Preparing for a much-anticipated game.
“We’re excited about the opportunity and the challenge,” Zachary coach David Brewerton said. “Trying to contain (Central quarterback Sam Kennerson) last night gave us a look at some of things we’ll have to do this week.
“Scotlandville is very athletic. I think everybody knows that. But they are also well-coached. There is plenty of rhyme and reason to what they do. There is a lot to prepare for.”
The game is part of a schedule that includes two Thursday games — Walker (5-3, 2-2) at Live Oak (3-5, 1-4) in 4-5A and Northeast (4-3, 1-3) at The Church Academy (1-7, 1-3) in 7-2A.
In 5-5A, East Ascension (7-1, 3-0) hosts McKinley (4-4, 1-2) for a game that matches two coaches who were college teammates at McNeese State: McKinley's Ken Hilton and East Ascension's Darnell Lee.
The 6-4A picture gained some clarity in Week 8. Parkview Baptist (5-3, 3-0) sits alone in first and plays St. Michael (2-6, 1-2) at Memorial Stadium. The key matchup sends No. 8 Plaquemine (6-2, 2-1) to play Woodlawn (6-2, 2-1).
Second-ranked University (8-0, 4-0) hosts Madison Prep (3-4, 3-1), while No. 4 West Feliciana (7-1, 4-1) hosts Baker (3-5, 3-1).
In 7-2A, 10th-ranked Dunham (7-1, 5-0) has an open date. Episcopal (7-1, 4-0) hosts East Feliciana (4-4, 3-1). A win would put the Knights in a Week 10 showdown against rival Dunham.
This week, however, the Scotlandville-Zachary game will get the bulk of the rivalry attention.
“What Zachary has is a program … the facilities, the coaching and really everything is top-notch,” Scotlandville coach LaVanta Davis said. “You want to play in game like this because they test you. This is another week to prepare and be ready to compete to the best of our ability.”