ZACHARY -- Zachary was without its starting quarterback Keilon Brown for half of Wednesday’s 7-on-7 games, but the Broncos shined on both sides of the ball regardless.
The Broncos combined to throw for 681 yards on 46 of 85 passing in four games against Broadmoor, Woodlawn, Dutchtown and District 4-5A foe Scotlandville.
Zachary outscored its opponents 48-36 and only dropped their opening-round game against Broadmoor.
Brown, who has spent parts of the summer playing for the school’s baseball team, passed for 386 yards on 29 of 46 passes in games against Dutchtown and Scotlandville.
“We look a little shaky right now,” Brown said. “We just have to let it progress and we’ll be alright… (I’m working on) my accuracy, my reads, trying to get a little bit faster. Just all those little things. It’s going to pick up.”
Zachary was impressive on defense, only allowing over 150 yards once against Dutchtown.
The Broncos allowed a 45-yard TD pass in a 6-0 setback against Broadmoor, the only yards they allowed.
Zachary coach David Brewerton urged his team to continue to work hard and understand the target that exists on their back after last year’s Class 5A state championship.
“It’s a great problem to have,” Brewerton said. “But with this many returning starters that have enjoyed as much success as we’ve enjoyed, you have to find different ways to get into their head and keep them on the same track. We have a lot of guys that are getting a lot of college attention and sometimes kids think about different things. You have to make sure you can reel them in and keep them on the right path.”
Scotlandville, under first-year coach Jules Sullen, played Zachary to a two-score tie in the final game.
The Hornets, minus several key members on both sides of the ball, combined to complete 22 of 39 passes for 270 yards in games against Zachary and Dutchtown. Their defense was especially stingy against the Griffins, allowing only 95 yards on 9 of 17 passing.
“I’m extremely excited with how our ones and twos were able to play,” Sullen said. “We’re real big on trying to play as many guys as we possibly can early. Just to see if our starters get injured what our backups can do.”
Since taking over for former coach LaVanta Davis Jr. in late February, Sullen said 7-on-7 sessions provide him with a glimpse into what he can expect from a team that returns its share of talent.
“For me personally, it gives me an opportunity to see what a kid can do in a ‘game-like situation’,” Sullen said. “I haven’t been with them for more than six or seven weeks. You play a spring game hoping that you come out of it with no injuries, but we had a couple of injuries. So now it gives me an opportunity to see how we’re going to respond to a more competitive opponent besides ourselves. You can’t win a state championship from a 7-on-7, but it does give you an opportunity to know exactly where you’re at.”