ZACHARY — Lindsey Scott made sure there were no second-half comebacks for Hahnville this week.
Scott threw for four touchdowns and ran for three more scores, leading second-seeded Zachary to a 55-27 win over No. 7 seed Hahnville in Class 5A playoff action Friday.
The win moves Zachary (12-1) into semifinal play, where it will face the winner of Friday’s game between Destrehan and Parkway.
“They whipped our butts,” Hahnville coach Nick Saltaformaggio said. “They dominated our defensive line. (Scott) is a heck of a player, and they’re deserving of their season.”
As it did last week in its win over St. Amant, Hahnville (9-4) trailed by six at halftime after scoring late in the second quarter. The Zachary defense started the third quarter with an interception, and a stop after Hahnville drove inside the ZHS 25.
After that, Scott took over. His 36-yard pass to Trae Shropshire made it 34-20 entering the fourth. He then added a 6-yard scoring run and touchdown passes of 20 and 36 yards to Douglas Coleman.
All totaled, Scott finished 17 of 23 for 305 yards with one interception. He also ran and scrambled 17 times for 153 yards as Zachary rolled up 586 yards.
Zachary never punted.
“I told (the team) we weren’t doing the things that got us to this point,” Zachary coach David Brewerton said after the Broncos committed three first-half personal fouls and surrendered a 47-yard touchdown with less than a minute to go in the second. “We were playing pretty good defense, but we were doing dumb things penalty-wise. And then we got beat over the top right at the end of the half.”
Hahnville, which was led by Mike Neal’s 167 passing yards, tried to make a game of it in the second half. Facing fourth-and-6 from the Hahnville 23 early in the third, the Tigers picked up 18 yards on a fake punt.
Trailing 26-20, Hahnville picked up two more first downs and got as close as the ZHS 25. Aaron Celestine sacked Neal on fourth down, and Zachary drove the length of the field to move in front 34-20.
Hahnville never got closer than 14 points again.
Zachary moved the ball at will in the first half. After turning the ball over in the Hahnville red zone on its opening series, Zachary scored touchdowns on its next four possessions.
Scott did most of the damage, rushing eight times for 118 yards and two scores. He also completed 9 of 12 passes for 108 yards and another score.
The touchdown pass came on Zachary’s second series. The play capped a 54-yard drive in which Zachary had to overcome an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. Scott tossed a 1-yard pass to R.J. Newton for the score.
Zachary pushed the lead to 14-0 late in the first quarter. Scott completed two passes for 28 yards, and Terry Sullivan finished off a 71-yard drive with a 31-yard run.
Hahnville got its first score early in the second. Aided by a pass interference call on third-and-10 at midfield, the Tigers pulled within 14-7 on Anthony Williams 13-yard run.
Scott brought the Broncos right back: His 41-yard run pushed the lead to 20-7.