DUTCHTOWN — Zachary quarterback Lindsey Scott Jr. is a special player.

He’s a gifted passer and runner.

Scott rushed for three touchdowns and passed for two scores to lead No. 8 Zachary to a 44-34 victory over host Dutchtown Friday night in a battle of Class 5A powers.

Dutchtown senior quarterback Jared Sparks also stood out with two touchdown passes and 275 yards of total offense, including 236 passing yards. In the end, Scott made too many plays, including a key fourth down conversion late in the game.

Scott scored on two 1-yard runs in the first half to help the Broncos take a 22-14 lead at the break. He added a spectacular 65-yard scoring with 2:50 remaining in the game. On that play, Scott faked a pass to his right, tucked the ball and ran up the middle, shook off two tacklers and ran down the left sideline.

Scott finished with 202 yards on 18 carries. He completed 14 of 19 passes for 211 yards. He had scoring tosses of 54 yards to Douglas Coleman and 15 yards to Shyron White. Scott, the 2014 Class 5A All-State Offensive MVP, has 21 combined TDs this season.

“There were times we got down, and Lindsey Scott willed us to the victory,” a beaming Zachary coach David Brewerton said. “He’s special. I’m happy he’s my quarterback. It was an awesome game by both sets of kids.”

Zachary (4-1) scored on three of its four possessions.

Dutchtown (3-2) rallied from a 15-0 deficit and scored on its next four series. Fitell Bolding had scoring runs of 12, 5 and 26 yards and Cornelius Washington caught a 71-yard pass from Sparks as the Griffins took a 27-22 lead with four minutes remaining in the third quarter.

“We had the lead and the ball,” Dutchtown coach Benny Saia said. “You can’t blink in a game like this. You’ve got to make plays. A couple of series cost us, and we couldn’t come back.”

Scott engineered an eight-play, 70-yard drive as Zachary took a 30-27 lead. Scott had a key 20-yard run to extend the drive and finished it with a 15-yard pass to White in the right flat with 52 seconds remaining in the third quarter.

Dutchtown’s Sparks had a nice 20-yard run on the next series. He was sacked on the next three plays, and the Griffins were forced to punt.

Zachary drove 77 yards in five plays. Scott tossed a lateral to White. White then tossed a 53-yard TD pass to Coleman for a 37-27 lead. Receiver RJ Newton had a key block on the play.

Dutchtown drove 80 yards in eight plays. Sparks completed four passes in the drive, including an 18-yard TD to Bolding to cut the deficit to 37-34.

Zachary put together another 70-yard drive. Scott followed his offensive line on a fourth-and-1 play for a 3-yard gain. Three plays later, Scott scored on the 65-yard run.

Coleman had five catches for 136 yards and White six catches for 86 yards for Zachary. Terry Sullivan ran 18 times for 74 yards.

Bolding ran 11 times for 64 yards and had three catches for 24 yards.

Aver’ee York had seven catches for 109 yards and Washington seven catches for 153 yards for the Griffins.