First-year Zachary football coach David Brewerton knows all about the program’s past unsuccessful attempts to defeat Acadiana at Bill Dotson Stadium.
Welcome to the club.
During its rise to prominence Acadiana has relied on its home field to fuel six trips to the Class 5A state championship game, winning 20 consecutive home playoff games since 1999 with three coming at the expense of Zachary.
When No. 3 Zachary (12-1) returns to face No. 15 Acadiana (9-4) for the fourth time in five years, the focus for the Broncos will be Friday’s Class 5A nonselect state semifinal, instead of previous trips to Dotson Stadium.
“What I’m trying to get them to understand is those 20 playoff wins have nothing to do with us,” Brewerton said. “It’s a matter of us going to play the current Acadiana team. We’re trying to get these guys ready to go and prepare for this specific team.”
For the first time Zachary’s the higher seed and features a well-balanced team riding a 12-game win streak. The Broncos are also making their second semifinal appearance in school history, the last coming 32 years ago in Class 3A.
“It’s hard to get a team not to look ahead, but these guys have been able to focus on one week and then get ready for the next one,” Brewerton said. “They’ve found a new reason each week to get themselves amped up to play. The biggest thing for us has been being prepared week in and week out and going out and performing.”
Acadiana, the reigning state champion, is riding a four-game win streak and relies on its traditional veer-option attack led by Tulane commitment Malik Eugene with 141 carries for 1,095 yards and 13 touchdowns.
Zachary counters with a fast-paced spread attack triggered by quarterback Lindsey Scott Jr., who has combined for 3,013 yards and 38 touchdowns, including 2,137 yards and 23 scores through the air.
Douglas Coleman (48-822, seven TDs) is the Broncos top receiver. Leading tacklers include inside linebacker Donovan Perkins (125 stops, 12 tackles for losses, five sacks) and defensive lineman Sylvester Perkins (90 stops, six tackles for losses, four sacks, two forced fumbles).
“Obviously we’ve got our work is cut out for us,” Brewerton said. “But this is what this team has been really good at, and that’s focusing week to week.”