Zachary High’s Lindsey Scott Jr. has accumulated a nice collection of accolades during his stellar career, and now he can add the prestigious 2015-2016 Gatorade Louisiana Football Player of the Year to his list of honors.
The 5-11, 205-pound senior quarterback has led the Broncos to a 13-1 record and a berth in the Class 5A state championship game against John Ehret on Saturday.
Scott’s statistics are phenomenal: He’s passed for 2,789 yards, completing 154 of 241 attempts and 30 touchdowns. He’s rushed for 1,872 yards and 26 more touchdowns.
In 2014, he was the Louisiana Sports Writers Association’s Class 5A Outstanding Offensive Player and The Advocate’s All-Metro MVP.
Scott, who has committed to Syracuse, credits his work ethic for his success.
“What it tells me is I’m on the right track, and I need to keep working,” said Scott, the first Zachary player to win the award. “Good things happen for people who work hard, and I believe that.”
Scott joins some elite company in winning the award. Texas A&M’s DeShawn Capers-Smith, who played quarterback for Warren Easton, won last year, and LSU running back Leonard Fournette, of St. Augustine, won in 2012 and 2013.
Scott is eligible for the Gatorade National Player of the Year award, which will be announced later this month.
The Gatorade award also factors in academics and community service. Scott has a 3.77 grade-point average and is a member of the Zachary High Beta Club. He volunteers as a youth mentor as part of multiple community-service initiatives through his church.
“Lindsey Scott is an outstanding athlete,” Catholic High coach Dale Weiner said in the Gatorade news release. “He hurts opponents with his running and his passing. They won a few down-to-the-wire games this season. I don’t think they win those without him.”
The Gatorade Player of the Year program annually recognizes one winner in the District of Columbia and each of the 50 states that sanction high school football, girls volleyball, boys and girls cross-country, boys and girls basketball, boys and girls soccer, baseball, softball, and boys and girls track and field, and awards one National Player of the Year in each sport.
The selection process is administered by the Gatorade high school sports leadership team in partnership with USA Today, which work with top sport-specific experts and a media advisory board comprised of veteran prep sports journalists to determine the state winners in each sport.