ZACHARY, LA (WAFB) - Head coach David Brewerton made it back to the Superdome with another team, but now he's getting ready to find out about life after Lindsey Scott and whether his defense will take a more prominent role.
Right now Zachary is rotating three quarterbacks. Junior Cameron Holmes, who heaved that TD pass on the first play of the Spring Game to Shyron White, is the oldest.
Also in the mix are sophomore Alex Milazzo and in-coming freshman Keilon Brown, who Brewerton admits is already showing signs that he's got the potential to become something special sometime in the next four years.
While the Broncos have five starters back on each side of the ball, the offense with a completely different identity, but Brewerton, who is a former O-lineman himself, has to like the fact he is building a foundation with three returning offensive lineman.
Zachary will be missing receiver Douglas Coleman, runner Terry Sullivan and Scott, who was the face of this program as the Gatorade Player of the Year and Warrick Dunn Award winner. Yet Brewerton said Scott, who is now at LSU, left behind an example for this team to follow with his work ethic and leadership.
"Our team got to see that and watch him on a daily basis. The things that the self-discipline that he had to have as a 5-foot-11 quarterback in order to be successful," Brewerton said. "This senior class pretty unique, because you know we made the semifinals their sophomore year and the finals their junior year. So we actually got to play 29 games in two years. So, really they got an extra season under their belt, is the way I kind of look at it, so."
"The week after we won the state championship, it was kind of back to the mentality that you've got a new year, a new team and we've got to get back to the spot that we was last year," said senior wide receiver/center back Shyron White.
When you see jersey numbers like 104, 109 and 118 at the skill positions, you can clearly see how popular football has become in Zachary, but do they have enough big and physical guys on the other side of the ball to make some plays and get some stops when the offense doesn't put up pinball numbers when a game or even the season is on the line.
"There will be a large amount of pressure on the defensive side of the ball this year. Just from a standpoint of trying to, you know, break in new skill guys and a new quarterback on the offensive side, where it's going to take some time," Brewerton said. "We have been scoring a lot of points in the past and really high explosive on offense, and I'm an offensive guy so I hope that continues. But if it doesn't, that's okay, as long as you are extremely solid in the other phases of the game."
"We're all mentally tough. When stuff gets hard, we go harder," senior linebacker Donovan Perkins
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