WATSON — Zachary trailed by a point and appeared to be unable to stop the Live Oak Eagles in the closing minutes of a District 4-5A standoff at Eagle Stadium on Friday night.
But linebacker Darius Wallace scooped up a Live Oak fumble and rambled down to the Eagle 37-yard line. Three plays later, quarterback Lindsey Scott scored on a 22-yard run to seal a 12-7 win for the visiting Broncos.
Though Scott threw three interceptions in the game, he ran for 53 yards to lead the Broncos and also managed the game successfully after injuring his throwing shoulder during the week.
Starting quarterback Keon Brown was injured in the first possession of the night, so coach Neil Weiner decided to call Scott’s number.
Scott said he didn’t feel he was at full strength but he relied on his teammates to make a positive impact.
“There were some better reads I could have made, some better throws I could have made,” Scott said. “But we all pulled together and got it done. I believe in my team. I know they’ve always got my back. We’re always ready for anything.”
Weiner said the sudden injury to his starting quarterback didn’t cause panic on the Zachary (3-2, 1-1 )sideline.
“We were hoping to just come out and do our basic stuff, and do it well enough to win,” Weiner said. “Credit Live Oak because they played hard and were taking some things away from us. Still, I thought it took a lot of courage for Lindsey to come out and play like he did tonight. I’m super proud of all our kids for finding a way to win.”
After Scott scored to give the Broncos the late lead, Live Oak (2-3, 0-2) drove down the field in the closing minute and had a chance to win the game before a final pass in the end zone fell incomplete.
“We’ve had two tough games the last two weeks. We just need to execute a little better and coach a little better,” Live Oak coach Tut Musemeche Musemeche said referring also to a game last week against Denham Springs. Give them credit because they played a little better and a little more aggressive than we did tonight. We had our opportunities but they just stepped up and made the plays they needed to make.”
Leading rusher Chris Kelly paced the Eagles with 66 yards on 17 carries but was hampered by a leg injury.
Live Oak carried a 7-6 lead into the locker room by taking advantage of three turnovers in the first half.
The Eagles scored first after Justin Webb intercepted a pass at Zachary’s 40-yard line and returned it all the way down to the 15. running back Jordan Sellers scored two plays later on a 7-yard run to give the Eagles the early lead.
Zachary struck back by driving 74 yards in five plays. Scott connected with receiver Chris Carrier for a 25-yard gain that set up an 8-yard TD run by Forrest Town.
Live Oak got the ball back late in the first quarter after cornerback Devin Ricard tipped a Broncos pass that was pulled in by fellow cornerback Mark Rudison at Live Oak’s 40. The Broncos defense held strong, however, forcing a three-and-out by the Eagles.
Live Oak had a lengthy drive midway through the second quarter, traveling deep into Broncos territory, but the Eagles were stopped short on fourth-and-3.
Live Oak will visit Broadmoor next week, while Zachary travels to Plaquemine.