PLAQUEMINE — Despite the absences of a couple key components on the offensive side of the ball, the Zachary Broncos were able to come in to Iberville Parish and earn a hard-fought 34-21 win over Plaquemine on Friday night.
“This is huge for us because Plaquemine is an awesome football team,” Zachary coach Neil Weiner said. “We came in and played with confidence and made minimal mistakes.”
The loss snaps a four game win streak for the Green Devils, who fell behind early, but drew even in the second half only to be held scoreless in the fourth quarter.
“We just got off to such a bad start,” said Plaquemine coach Paul Distefano. “Zachary played a great game so hats off to them.”
With starters Keon Brown and Forrest Town both out due to injuries, Weiner handed to the keys to his hurry-up offense to running back Terry Sullivan and quarterback Lindsey Scott.
Scott answered the call by completing 12 of his 20 passes for 120 yards and three touchdowns.
“He was outstanding and I’m just really proud of him,” Weiner said of Scott. “He made some great decisions. He had a full week to prepare and he did a great job of running the offense.”
Sullivan led the Broncos with 75 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 10 carries.
On the game’s opening drive, Weiner opted to not go with his usual pass-heavy offense and instead relied heavily on Sullivan. He capped off a quick six play, 71-yard drive with an 18-yard run up the middle to open the scoring.
After the Bronco defense held Plaquemine to a quick three and out, Sullivan found the end zone again as he took an inside hand off from Scott and took it in from 10 yards out, putting Zachary up 14-0 at the 6:36 mark in the first quarter.
While Zachary found success in the first quarter, it was the opposite for the Green Devils as they were held to just two yards on eleven plays and just one first down in the game’s first 12 minutes.
They were finally able to sustain a drive behind Maracalin midway through the second quarter. Following an eight yard run by the senior running back on a fourth down and seven, quarterback D’Morea Wicks put an exclamation point on an 11-play, 71 yard drive with a 3-yard touchdown run on a designed quarterback sneak, pulling Plaquemine within a touchdown with less than a minute until halftime.
However, the Green Devils could not stay within one possession long as Zachary answered right back with a 20 yard touchdown reception by Bryson Dunn right as time expired to put Zachary up 21-7.
But the Green Devils came out of the break reinvigorated. After a 3-yard touchdown run by Maracalin on Plaquemine’s first drive of the second half, an interception by sophomore safety Brian Jordan set up a 4-yard score by Maracalin. Austin Lejeune’s extra point tied the game up at 21 at the 3:01 mark in the third quarter.
In addition to the two touchdowns, Maracalin finished with a game-high 157 rushing yards on 30 carries.
“He’s a warrior,” Distefano said of his senior running back. “He’s been carrying this team on his back offensively all season.”
As they did right before halftime, Zachary was able to answer when they needed it most as Scott took the Broncos down the field and hit Kentrell Fisher on a five-yard touchdown to retake the lead.
After Plaquemine turned the ball on downs on the ensuing possession, Scott recorded his third passing touchdown of the night and his second to Dunn, as the duo connected on a 10-yard pass, putting the Broncos up by two scores with a little over six minutes to go in the game.