The Byrd Yellow Jackets opened the 2013 regular season and won Friday's home non-conference game against Zachary by a score of 58-21 at Lee Hedges Stadium. It was the first-ever meeting on the gridiron between the two schools.


The Byrd Yellow Jackets return 12 starters (4 offense, 7 defense, 1 ST) from last year’s team that finished the season with an 8-3 record. Byrd captured a share of the District 1-5A title with a thrilling 31-30 win over Airline on sophomore kicker Jake Wyss’ 23-yard field goal. The Jackets lost to the Barbe Buccaneers 38-21 in the regionals. Zachary finished the 2012 campaign with a 6-5 record. The Broncos reached the Class 5A state playoffs where they were the No. 19 seed. Zachary lost 63-42 to the No. 14 seed Acadiana Wrecking Rams. The Broncos return just seven starters from 2012, but do boast of a high-powered spread offense. Zachary is a member of District 4-5A.


The Byrd Yellow Jackets looked very good in last week’s 34-0 Jamboree win over the Huntington Raiders. Fullback Louis Mills had an incredible first half as he rushed for 93 yards and three touchdowns. Mills scored on runs of 28, 10 and 42 yards.


This will be the first-ever meeting between the Byrd Yellow Jackets and Zachary Broncos in football. However, it is not the first time Mike Suggs has matched wits against a member of the Weiner family. In the 2002 playoffs, Suggs’ charges defeated the Catholic of Baton Rouge Bears coached by Neil’s father Dale, 24-7.

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