ZACHARY — David Brewerton had a pretty enjoyable 44th birthday on Friday.
No. 4 seeded Zachary gave its head coach a fine gift, locking up a 38-0 victory in the first round of the Class 5A playoffs against the 29th-seeded Mandeville Skippers.
Mandeville (5-6) started off on a dubious note, as receiver-turned-quarterback Darren Steele botched a handoff that Zachary’s Ke’Shawn Sullivan recovered inside the Skippers’ 20-yard-line.
As Sullivan returned to the sideline, the senior defensive end was given a gift of his own: a long silver chain, adorned with a large ‘Z,’ given to any defensive player that forces a turnover. Sullivan, as did other members of the Broncos’ vaunted defense, struggled to contain their excitement about the new turnover chain.
“I’m a huge Miami fan and last weekend I sat at my house and watched them play,” Brewerton said. “They get a turnover, hand the player the chain and I look at my wife and say, ‘I love that.’ The next day we report for Sunday meetings with the LHSAA, and I get home to find that she’d been working on one for seven hours. My wife actually made the turnover chain. I showed it to the defense the next morning and they went absolutely crazy.”