DUTCHTOWN — If you’re defending Lindsey Scott and the Zachary offense, it’s pick your poison.
A week ago, the senior quarterback threw six touchdown passes in a first-round playoff win over Sulphur. In the regionals against Dutchtown Friday, he hurt the Griffins on the ground.
Scott rushed for 176 yards and four touchdowns and added 122 yards passing in the second-seeded Broncos’ 35-14 victory against No. 18 Dutchtown in a Class 5A regional playoff game at Griffin Field.
It was a shifting of gears for Scott, whose 253 passing yards sparked Zachary’s 54-32 bidistrict win over Sulphur.
“That’s balance,” joked the swift and strong-armed Scott, a Syracuse commitment.
While he was being a little tongue-and-cheek, there is more than a grain of truth to his claim. In attempt to defend 11-1 Zachary, one must respect Scott’s arm and his talented receivers or be hurt the way Sulphur was. And one must be stout against the run, or fall victim like Dutchtown did Friday as the Broncos rolled up 306 yards rushing.
“It’s just trusting the hours of preparation you put into it,” Scott said. “It’s the hours you prepared in the offseason when you had no (college) offers. It’s the hours you spent in the film room and trusting that preparation.”
However he prepared, Scott made an impression on his opponent.
“He’s special,” said Dutchtown coach Benny Saia, whose team finished 8-4 coming off a 4-7 season a year ago. “He’s a good player. We’d get them in third down, and he’d just make a play and convert.”
The Broncos have scored 88 points in two playoff games heading into next week’s quarterfinal home game against No. 7 seed Hahnville, a 55-33 winner over St. Amant.
Scott’s the big reason why the Zachary offense is such a juggernaut.
“He’s a leader by his actions,” Zachary coach David Brewerton said. “He plays with guts and passion every week, and our team feeds off that. I’m very proud of him.”
His exploits helped Zachary build a 21-0 halftime lead that was unlikely without him as he made plays to extend all three first-half touchdown drives.
The first scoring drive, ending in a 15-yard touchdown run by Terry Sullivan, was kept alive on a tough 16-yard pass on the run from Scott to Shyron White to convert a third-and-8 at the Griffins 33.
On the second touchdown, Scott avoided a sack in the backfield to run 3 yards for a touchdown on fourth-and-goal. On the third score, he scampered 46 yards for a touchdown on third-and-11 with 14 seconds left in the half.
Sullivan added 83 yards on 18 carries for the Broncos. Both Scott and Sullivan outrushed Dutchtown, which managed just 34 rushing yards and 230 total yards. The Griffins had just 29 yards at halftime.
“I’m proud of the defense,” Brewerton said. “They really played well.”
What offense Dutchtown did get came from quarterback Jared Sparks and his favorite receiver, Aver’ee York. The duo hooked up on second-half touchdown passes of 41 and 63 yards.
By then, however, it was too late. Scott and the Broncos had already put the game away.