Embarrassed by last week’s humbling loss to Byrd, the Calvary Cavaliers were determined not to let the same thing happen in consecutive weeks.
Enter Zachary, the LSWA’s No. 5 team and one many thought would contend for a state title. The Cavs used a heavy dose of Kordavion Washington in dispatching the Broncos 42-28 on Friday night at Jerry Barker Stadium.
In the first half, it was Washington left, Washington right and Washington up the middle. He scored on runs of 3, 1 and 1 yards in the first half to stake his team to a 21-14 lead. After the visitors tied the game on their first series of the second half, Washington scored again from 10 yards out to give Calvary a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.
“Kordavion softened them up and then Jake (Bartley) took over,” Calvary coach John Bachman Sr. said. “After looking at film, we thought we could play with them. But could we hang with them for four quarters? The kids found out what they might have to do in the playoffs tonight — fight for the entire game.”
The celebration post-game was muted when assistant coach Clint Hortman addressed the team about a family loss.
And the Broncos (3-1) bench was also muted in the fourth quarter after they realized the game was in the hands of the Cavaliers (2-2).
“We never did get into the flow of the game,” Zachary coach David Brewerton said. “It was a weird game. We had about six seniors go down and we hadn’t lost one all season. But Calvary absolutely deserved to win that contest.”
Zachary advanced to state semifinals last year before losing on the road to eventual state champion Acadiana. But Bartley led a second half charge that was destined to dent Zachary’s armor. The senior, who looked fully in control on Friday night, scored twice in the second half to keep the Broncos at bay.
“This was a huge win for us coming off the Byrd loss and Kordavion played a heckuva game,” Bartley said. “Our offensive line was outstanding and this was a season-changer for us.”
Calvary’s defense wasn’t bad either, stopping the Broncos at key points in the game, while delivering a couple of turnovers early.
“It’s pretty easy to play defense when you’re standing on the sidelines,” Calvary defensive coordinator Ronnie Alexander said. “The kids played hard and our offense kept the ball out of their hands.”
Zachary did get a strong game from quarterback Lindsey Scott, who scored twice on runs of 1 and 18 yards, while hitting Charles Perovea for an 18-yard score. He didn’t get much support from anywhere else after the Broncos were hit with a number of injuries.
The win allows the Cavs to right the ship a bit heading to Union Parish next week.
“We told the kids it was a matter of the little things. We were a step slow against Byrd,” Bachman said. “The kids responded tonight.”