QB Lindsey Scott tries to lead Zachary to its first state championship _lowres

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE -- Zachary quarterback Lindsey Scott Jr.

Kellton Hollins remembers his first impression of Lindsey Scott Jr.

“It wasn’t just the way he made plays,” Hollins said. “No matter what happened, he was in control and he never stopped pushing and working. Right then I knew it … this was the guy I wanted to be my quarterback.”

A lot has happened since Hollins first laid eyes on Scott more than two years ago. Hollins is a top offensive line prospect and is committed to TCU. The duo helped lead Zachary High School to a semifinal berth last season.

As the Broncos prepare to make their first appearance in the Class 5A title game on Saturday night, some things remain much the same. The stage and volume of accomplishments have grown, yet Scott maintains his focus and balance.

“The only game I’m worried about is this one,” Scott said. “What happened before doesn’t matter and what happens after will wait. We’ve all worked for this for so long. My job is to give the team the best chance to win a championship.”

Scott and the second-seeded Broncos (13-1) face No. 9 John Ehret (12-2) in the 5A title game that concludes the Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA Prep Classic at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Desire and work ethic may be what makes Scott tick. What makes the 5-foot-11, 195-pound Syracuse commitment run and pass so well might be explained by physics. But there’s a mystical quality.

“Zachary has an outstanding football team,” first-year Scotlandville coach Robert Valdez said. “They’re well coached, they’re disciplined and they do a lot of things well. What Lindsey gives them is that X-factor you can’t scheme for.

“Just when you think you’ve got him bottled up, he’ll make a cut and take it to the house. Catch him in the backfield, figuring you’ll force him into a turnover and he’ll read it and throw behind the secondary.

“The guy makes plays and on top of that he’s a great kid. I got to meet him after we played them this year and was as just as impressed with him as a person.”

When Scott transferred from Dutchtown to Zachary for his sophomore year there was little fanfare. Some folks knew his father, Lindsey Scott Sr., was a Baker and Southern standout.

But he had never been a varsity player. Scott took over as the starter during the season and helped the Broncos advance to the 5A quarterfinals. Zachary lost to Parkway and current LSU quarterback Brandon Harris.

At the time, Harris was grabbing all the headlines and accolades. Now that is Scott’s role.

Scott was the LSWA’s Class 5A Offensive MVP with 3,196 yards of offense and 36 touchdowns as a junior. Just when you wondered whether things could get any better they did.

“Lindsey’s special,” Zachary coach David Brewerton said. “He spends a lot of time studying film and working to get better after we’re done. He’s become a great leader. But he has the ability to see and do things you can’t teach.”

Already the winner of the Gatorade Louisiana Player of the Year award, Scott has eclipsed his junior season numbers with ease. He completed 156 of 241 passes for 2,810 yards and 30 touchdowns with only five interceptions. And he’s run for 1,876 yards on 197 carries with 26 TDs.

That’s an eye-popping 4,686 yards offense for a team that features another 1,000-yard rusher in running back Terry Sullivan and a 1,300-yard receiver in Doug Coleman.

“He worked a lot on his touch passing in the offseason,” Brewerton said. “He threw it so hard it was tough for our receivers to handle and he worked on getting more height on his deep ball.

“Lindsey’s not a guy who just looks at his wrist band and runs the ball. He’s constantly scanning the field to see what might work for us.”

Scott provided Brewerton and the Zachary coaches some “Ah-ha” moments. In the Broncos regular-season win over Dutchtown, Zachary was ahead by three points and looking to pick up a first down on a bubble screen pass late in the gane.

When he dropped back, Scott saw a safety primed to make the interception. He instinctively tucked the ball away and ran to the opposite side behind two linemen who had pulled ahead of the play to draw in the linebackers.

“He took it 70 for the touchdown,” Brewerton said. “That’s not a play we’ve ever run. There was silence in the (coaches’) headsets as he ran down the field.”

Scott said the Ehret defense led by linebacker Michael Divinity, an LSU commitment, offers a huge challenge. But the goal remains the same.

“Find a way to win … that’s all that matters,” Scott said.