Lindsey Scott Jr. wasn’t one of the Baton Rouge area’s best-known players before the season.
That all changed when the 5-foot-11, 190-pound junior quarterback led Zachary High to the Class 5A semifinals by accounting for 39 touchdowns.
The Broncos lost to eventual state champion Acadiana in the semifinals, but that didn’t keep Scott from being selected as the Outstanding Offensive Player on the Louisiana Sports Writers Association’s Class 5A All-State team.
“Wow, this is big,” Scott said. “I didn’t expect it. There are so many great players in 5A and it’s an honor to be chosen from a group like that and be able to represent my school.
“It makes me want to continue to work even harder to get better for next year. I think I got better as a quarterback and as a leader this year. There are things I can still improve on.”
Scott shares top honors on the LSWA team selected by a panel of sportswriters from across the state with Acadiana coach Ted Davidson and Acadiana defensive back Ronald Broussard.
The District 4-5A MVP and The Advocate’s All-Metro MVP for Class 5A-4A, Scott passed for 2,231 yards and 24 touchdowns, while rushing for 965 yards and 15 TDs.
Davidson was voted Coach of the Year and Broussard the Outstanding Defensive Player for a second consecutive season.
Davidson led the Rams to their sixth state championship-game appearance and helped Acadiana overcome four regular-season losses to win the school’s fourth state title. Ponchatoula’s Hank Tierney also was considered for the coaching honor.
Broussard, a 5-9 175-pound senior, continued to be a shutdown corner for the Rams defense and he ended his career as the school’s all-time leader in interceptions with 23.
Scott was one of three players from the Baton Rouge area voted to the 5A squad. Catholic running back Derrius Guice and kicker Jack Gonsulin were the others.
Guice, an LSWA all-state pick for the second straight season, finished with 2,109 all-purpose yards. He rushed for 1,331 yards and 20 TDs and also had 11 catches for 521 yards and nine TDs.
Gonsoulin was 49 of 50 on point-after kicks and finished 8 of 13 on field goals with a long of 50 yards.
Broussard was one of three Rams players to earn all-state honors as Bry’kiethon Mouton was voted as the tight end and Caden Cunningham was elected as one of five offensive lineman.
Ponchatoula quarterback Christian Campbell made the squad as an athlete. Campbell ran for 1,530 yards and 25 TDs. He also passed for 1,001 yards and 13 TDs. Ponchatoula’s Aaron Malik made the squad as a punter, averaging 44.2 yards per punt.
The remainder of the offensive all-state unit included receivers Stanley Morgan of St. Augustine and Kalija Lipscomb of Jesuit. The other offensive linemen were Ryan Hanley of Rummel, Cody Ford of Pineville, Jeff White of Jesuit, and Logan Currington of West Monroe.
Shaw’s Trey Ragas and Destrehan’s Will Matthews were picked as the running backs.
Isaiah Buggs of Ruston, Rummel’s Briston Guidry, Thibodaux’s Marquis Garman, Barbe’s Chris Livings were the defensive linemen selected. The linebackers picked were Dwaine Thomas of Hahnville, Krishun Cash of Byrd, Matthew Scanlon of Mandeville and Mason Knighton of Sam Houston.
Kristian Fulton of Rummel, Roderic Teamer of Brother Martin and Jawun Jiles of Byrd were picked as defensive backs. Return specialist Kirklan Banks of Barbe rounded out the defensive unit.