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- BY ROBIN FAMBROUGH | RFAMBROUGH@THEADVOCATE.COM OCT 21, 2017 – 11:53 AM (0)
- 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.
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- ZACHARY — Darweshi Sanders ran for 115 yards and three touchdowns Friday night, and the Zachary defense had seven sacks as the Broncos shut out Central 21-0.
- Zachary (6-2, 3-1 District 4-5A) won the field-position battle for most of the game, and though the Broncos struggled at times against an inspired Central defense, they put together scoring drives in the second and fourth quarters and took advantage of a turnover to score another touchdown.
- “We were inefficient on offense tonight,” Zachary coach David Brewerton said. “But we played well enough on special teams and defense to keep good field position and make it where (Central) had to go 80 yards most of the night. Our defense played well once they settled in.”
FOOTBALL | Surging Zachary rides Darweshi Sanders and dominating defensive effort past Wildcats, 21-0
- The senior running back racked up 79 yards and two touchdowns on eight carries in the first half to propel the Broncos on their way to a 21-0 win. Sanders added his final touchdown in the fourth quarter on an 8-yard run.
- Sanders routinely found space in the second and third levels of the Wildcats’ defense, finishing the night with 18 carries for 116 yards and all three of the Broncos’ scores.
- “We wanted to hit them in the mouth early in the game, and he (Sanders) really came through with that (Friday),” Zachary receiver Chandler Whitfield said
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END OF THE BENCH | Bittersweet night for Dru Nettles is in the rearview mirror for both him and DSHS
- Afterward, the Zachary assistant coach clutched the game ball that his new team had presented him like the present a kid has opened on Christmas morning that he really, really wanted.
- That’s how proud Dru Nettles was.
- As happy as he was following the Broncos’ 49-7 thumping of Denham Springs High last Friday, though, his emotions were tinged with a heavy dose of bittersweetness.
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Quarterback Keilon Brown led Zachary (4-2, 2-0 district) with five touchdowns and more than 200 yards of offense.
On Zachary’s first drive, Brown tossed up a pass to the corner of the end zone. Receiver David Shropshire made the catch, dragging both feet inbounds and capturing a 7-0 lead.
Last week against West Feliciana, the University Lab running back broke free for four touchdowns, a personal best for the junior.
This week, Hollins tied the feat with another four scores in a 26-7 win against Class 5A Zachary to close out non-district play for the Cubs.
“The past couple weeks we got in a groove and we’re starting to hit big run plays now,” Hollins said. “It took us a while because we had a young O-line, less experienced than last year because we lost some people at the beginning, but we’re starting to build and get better.”
But it wasn’t Hollins’ big night that made the win so special for the Cubs.
Hollins, like so many of his teammates, wore a purple arm band Friday night in honor of Brionna Ross, a sophomore at U-High who died earlier this week.
“The first year I knew,” Brady said. “I remember that I loved hitting people and scoring touchdowns.”
Fast-forward nearly a decade, and the 6-foot, 220-pound Brady is at the heart of the Zachary High School defense. The junior linebacker calls the plays for the eighth-ranked Broncos (3-1) of Class 5A.
Brady’s quick decision on a sport prompts an intriguing question. Was it nature or nurture? It’s a fair considering, his family’s football pedigree and the fact that Zachary travels to play unbeaten University High (4-0), ranked second in Class 3A.
Brady’s father, Warren, was a Zachary star in the 1980s, went on to play at Louisiana Tech and is in the Bronco Athletic Hall of Fame. All of his uncles played college ball. Twins Mike and Pat played Thibodaux High and at Cal in the 1980s. Another uncle, Scott, played at Thibodaux and then at SMU.
Brady’s grandfather, Glen Brady, was inducted into the U-High Athletic Hall of Fame last month. He coached at UHS in the 1950s and 1960s before other stops, including serving as offensive coordinator at Nicholls State. Glen Brady later was superintendent in Zachary and East Feliciana Parish.
If the fourth quarter is the place where district titles are won, then Zachary High School coach David Brewerton had to like what he saw in Friday night’s 27-7 victory at Live Oak.
Zachary was back on its heels early in the fourth after Live Oak grabbed some late momentum. The Eagles only trailed by six and had the ball on the Broncos’ side of the field.
Showing the grit of a proven power, Zachary went on a late 14-0 run to secure victory in the District 4-5A opener for both teams.
“You can tell when our kids are in tight games. They feel like they are going to win those games,” Brewerton said of his eighth-ranked Broncos. “That comes from all the close wins we’ve had over the years. We dominated the fourth quarter. That’s all I can ask for.”