PERKINSTON, Miss. — Former Zachary High School and LSU quarterback Lindsey Scott Jr. threw for two touchdowns to lead East Mississippi Community College to a 31-28 victory over Arizona Western in the National Junior College Athletic Association title game Sunday.
Scott won the quarterback duel with Arizona Western’s Bryce Perkins. Scott completed 15 of 28 passes for 170 yards and two TDs. He also ran for 40 yards on 14 carries for the Lions (11-1), who entered the Mississippi Bowl game ranked No. 1. EMCC, which was the subject of Netflix's "Last Chance U," ended the season with a five-game winning streak. Scott was selected as the game's MVP, being voted the Mississippi Bowl Player of the Year.
Perkins led Arizona Western with 139 passing yards and 104 rushing yards. Perkins completed 18 of 32, threw for one TD and ran for another. One highlight for Matadors (9-1) was an interception by safety Bryce Beekman, a former Scotlandville player and Southern University signee. Greg Bell rushed for 123 yards on 25 carries for AWJC.
Defense also was pivotal for EMCC. Ty Williams intercepted a Perkins pass and returned it 49 yards for a first-half TD for the Lions. Scott had 13-yard TD pass to Dontario Drummond and an 18-yard scoring pass to Kirk Merritt. It is the second title in three years for Scott, who redshirted at LSU and transferred to EMCC in August. He led Zachary to a Class 5A title in 2015.