Saturday wasn’t just the night Zachary High School took home the Class 5A state championship — it was the finishing touches on what was one of the school’s most magical careers.
Over the past two seasons, Broncos quarterback Lindsey Scott earned just about every award to be given and was named to every list there was.
The only thing missing from the 2015 Louisiana Gatorade Player of the Year’s trophy case was a state championship ring.
That was taken care of Saturday night in the Broncos’ 46-12 over No. 9 John Ehret. It was Zachary’s first state championship in football.
Saturday was only the latest in a long line of successful outings for Scott, a Syracuse commitment who entered the last game of his senior season with 2,810 yards and 30 touchdowns passing and another 1,876 yards and 26 touchdowns on the ground.
Scott finished 7 of 14 passing for 229 yards and three touchdowns. He rushed for 87 yards and two more scores.
For the majority of the first half, Zachary put the weight of its offense on the shoulders of its standout as Scott either passed the ball or kept it for himself on 20 of the Broncos’ 22 offensive snaps.
Scott handled the pressure well, bringing his team into halftime with a 13-12 lead.
The lead was a major swing in momentum for the Baton Rouge-area program, especially considering it almost didn’t happen.
With 23 seconds left before halftime, Scott threw a 17-yard jump ball to his No. 1 receiver in Doug Coleman who caught it while barely keeping his feet in bounds.
Scott’s first touchdown of the game was nothing to sneeze at either. He connected on a 69-yard touchdown pass to Shyron White, but that score had as much to do with White shaking off a pair of defenders with a single, well-timed spin move as it did with Scott’s perfectly placed pass.
Scott — only a week removed from a 265-yard, three-touchdown rushing performance against Parkway in the semifinal round — had to adapt on the fly in the first half as the John Ehret defensive front shut down almost all of his running lanes and applied staunch pressure to the pocket.
In 24 minutes, Scott had only two carries for more than 3 yards, coincidentally the same number of times Patriots defensive lineman Robert Green brought Scott down behind the line of scrimmage.
It wouldn’t be until late in the third quarter that Scott found some breathing room on the ground as he broke off a 26-yard run for a touchdown.
Scott and the Broncos apparently took the momentum from the last-minute score with them into the locker room at halftime, because only three plays into the new half Scott reconnected with Coleman, this time for an 81-yard sprint to the end zone.
By the end of the third quarter, Scott had thrown for 229 yards and three touchdowns on 7-of-12 passing, while producing 84 yards and a score on the ground.