Zachary and Hahnville will meet this Friday for the first time since the 2017 Class 5A championship game. This time, a trip to the Class 5A quarterfinals is on the line.
The game will be broadcast live on Yurview Louisiana for customers of Cox Communications and will also stream live on Yurview.com.
Towards the end of October, it didn’t appear as though Hahnville would get another crack at winning the Class 5A title this season let alone beating Zachary, who defeated Hahnville, 34-14, in the championship game last year.
But Hahnville won its last two regular-season games to finish 6-5 and earned the No. 22 seed in the Class 5A bracket. Then, Hahnville pulled off the biggest upset of the first round, beating No. 11 Walker, 35-9, last week.
Including that victory, Hahnville comes into its rematch with Zachary with a 7-5 record. Hahnville has also won five of its last six playoff games.
Of course, Zachary is the defending Class 5A champion and posted a 9-2 record on its way to earning the No. 6 seed in the playoff bracket. Last year, they won it all as the No. 4 seed.
Zachary routed No. 27-seeded Sulphur, 42-17, in the first round of the Class 5A playoffs. Zachary also won the 2015 Class 5A championship, so the program is going for its third title in four years.
Check out the entire 2018 LHSAA Class 5A playoff bracket and seeds here.
Players to Watch
S Tyler Judson – Zachary
The highest rated player in a playoff game full of college prospects, Judson is the 35th-best Louisiana recruit in the 2019 class. Standing at 6-feet tall and 193 pounds, he’s also a Top 100 safety in the class.
Judson reportedly received offers from four Power 5 schools and committed to Ole Miss in June.
— Tyler Judson (@Yrh_Fredo) December 10, 2017
WR Jha’Quan Jackson – Hahnville
Listed as an athlete on the 247Sports player rankings (because he also plays quarterback), Jackson is the 38th-ranked prospect from Louisiana in the 2019 class. Among all the players classified as an athlete, 247Sports rates him 81st in the entire country.
Jackson committed to SMU in May. He scored twice in Hahnville’s first playoff game last week.
WR Chandler Whitfield – Zachary
While Jackson shines for Hahnville, Whitfield makes plays on the outside for Zachary. At 5-foot-8 and 152 pounds, he’s small in stature, and yet, Whitfield is still a 3-star prospect and the No. 76 Louisiana recruit in the 2019 class.
He committed to Nicholls State in June.
Zachary WR Chandler Whitfield (@ChandlerWhitfi1) has three punt returns for 135 yards (45.0/attempt) and a touchdown, by my math.
Special teams spark is the primary difference in this 17-0 Broncos’ lead.
— Jerit Roser (@JeritRoser) September 22, 2018
QB Andrew Robison – Hahnville
On Friday, Jha’Quan Jackson will be Robison’s weapon of choice, but it’s possible Robison will one day be throwing passes to Whitfield. Robison is the No. 95 Louisiana prospect in the 2019 class and has received two offers, including one from Nicholls State.
DE Caleb Jackson – Zachary
Rounding out this giant list of players to watch, based on the 247Sports rankings, Jackson is the fifth Top 100 Louisiana prospect in the 2019 class that will be on the field Friday.
How to Watch
Watch Zachary vs Hahnville on November 16th on Yurview Louisiana for customers of Cox Communications or live on YurView.com.