Having a son who grows up to be a quarterback is the American dream for many fathers.
Only a select few experience the reality. For Lindsey Scott Sr. and Reggie Hayes Sr., it’s like experiencing a second lightning strike in almost the same place.
“Some people say their kid was born to be a quarterback,” Scott said. “I don’t know about that, but I do know that before my son said mama or daddy he went into a stance and said ‘Down, set, hut.’
“He was maybe 2 years old. I was playing a video game and he kept trying to get my attention and I’d shoo him away. When he said it, I ran over and picked him up. My wife came out of the kitchen shaking her head. She said he did it to get my attention.”
Fast-forward about 15 years. Lindsey Scott Jr. has the attention of his father and plenty of other people as Zachary’s starting quarterback. It’s much the same for Reggie Hayes Jr., the Parkview Baptist quarterback.
“We’ve known each other a long time,” Hayes Sr. said. “We played baseball together growing up and played against each other in high school. We used to train together during the summers.
“For a while we lost touch. We got in touch again before (both sons) went into ninth grade. We took them to train together in Breaux Bridge that summer and we’ve talked off and on since.”
Life has given the fathers and sons a script that’s better than most movie sequels.
The fathers were two of the Baton Rouge area’s top players in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
Lindsey Scott Sr. was a standout quarterback/running back at Baker before going on to play running back at Southern.
Hayes was a strong-armed quarterback and a mulit-sport standout for Broadmoor. He went on to be a quarterback-kick returner at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, playing at the same time as future NFL quarterback Jake Delhomme.
Naturally, both sons are out to prove their game/skills don’t rate a “junior” status even though both are high school juniors.
Lindsey Scott Jr. has 234 rushing yards with two touchdowns and is averaging 9 yards per carry for Class 5A Zachary (1-1), which hosts East Feliciana (1-1) on Friday night. He has completed 21 of 34 passes for 300 yards and four TDs.
Reggie Hayes Jr. leads Class 3A Parkview’s option attack with 255 rushing yards on 29 caries with two TDs. He has completed 7 of 11 passes for 92 yards and 1 TD.
Parkview (1-1) hosts KIPP Renaissance (1-1) Friday night.
Thanks YouTube.com, Scott Jr. has been to see some highlights of his father.
“I’ve watched it (Scott Sr.’s YouTube video) and I can see ways we’re alike,” Scott Jr. said. “I think we make cuts the same way. He was elusive, but I think I’m faster. At least that’s what I tell him.”
The 5-foot-11, 190-pound quarterback moved to Zachary from Dutchtown before the 2013 season. Some parents would have misgiving about their child playing for a former rival, but not Lindsey Scott Sr.
“The hardest part was leaving Dutchtown, because that’s where he played growing up,” Scott Sr. said. “Once we got to Zachary, it just felt like home. Baker and Zachary are close to each other. Maybe that was part of it.”
Hayes Jr. had never seen highlights of his father until last week before PBS’ game with Broadmoor. His father’s coach, BHS co-head coach Rusty Price, dug up some old video tapes.
“I’ve had people tell me all my life what a great player he was, but I’d never seen it,” Hayes Jr. said. “It was something watching him making all these plays.
“I’ve seen myself on film. It was like watching an older, stronger version of me.”
Hayes Jr. said he grew up going to Broadmoor games but as he completed his middle school years at McKinley Middle the family opted for another south Baton Rouge school, Parkview.
Just as the fathers became friends, so have the Lindsey Scott Jr. and Reggie Hayes Jr. based in part on the summer they spent doing strength and conditioning training. They’ll text each other after games and call from time to time.
Scott Jr. notes that while he has the size advantage, it’s Hayes Jr. has more speed. The 5-8, 165-pound PBS quarterback ran the 40-yard dash in 4.39 seconds at an LSU camp this summer. Scott Jr. noted that his best time is a 4.6.
Both fathers are admittedly “hands on” with their sons. They check out game film together and oversee added workouts.
“Reggie says all the time that I don’t praise him for the things he does right,” Hayes Sr. said. “I tell him that’s because the things you do right are things that are expected. You have to keep working to get better in every phase of the game.”
Both fathers would love to see their sons play college football. They’re also quick to point out that their sons are honor students who see more than just football on the horizon.
“It’s all about education,” Reggie Hayes Sr. said. “That’s the end game. If you’re lucky, football can help you get there.”