When Lindsey Scott Jr. was voted the Class 5A Offensive Most Valuable Player as a junior, skeptics figured the Zachary High School quarterback couldn’t top that feat.

Hahnville coach Nick Saltaformaggio wasn’t among the skeptics, especially after his team lost to the eventual 5A state champion Broncos in the quarterfinals.

“Magical … that’s what he was,” Saltaformaggio said. “Lindsey Scott gave Zachary something else a lot of other teams don’t have — a guy who can take over any game and makes plays when it counts.”

After 5,002 total yards and 61 touchdowns, Scott and Zachary hoisted the Class 5A trophy. And now there’s one last honor for Scott — the Louisiana Sports Writers Association’s Louisiana Farm Bureau/Mr. Football award.

“Being the MVP last year was a big honor,” Scott said. “I felt blessed, but it also motivated me to work even harder in the offseason. In my mind, I needed to work on everything … my passing, my speed and my ability to read defenses.

“This wasn’t about me. It wasn’t about how many yards I got. Our goal as a team was to win a state title. I didn’t want to let my team down.”

And he didn’t. The 5-foot-11, 190-pound Syracuse commitment powered the Broncos to a 14-1 record that included a 46-12 victory over John Ehret in the 5A title game.

Though Scott says he’s not about the numbers, he sure put up plenty of them. He completed 163 of 255 passes for 3,039 yards and 33 touchdowns with just five interceptions.

Scott also ran for 1,963 yards on 228 carries and 28 TDs during the most prolific offensive season ever by a Baton Rouge player. Zachary is the first East Baton Rouge Parish public school to win a state football title since Tara in 1974.

“He was the guy you want to have as the face of your program,” Zachary coach David Brewerton said. “Lindsey’s a great student in the classroom and on the football field. Everybody sees how hard he works.

“And he was a guy we could count on. There was a play in the championship game where he made the cut and by the time he was 10 yards down the field all the guys on our sideline were raising their arms to signal touchdown. They’d seen it before, and they knew he was going to score.”

Scott finished the 5A title game with 316 total yards and had a hand in five TDs. He ran for 87 yards on 21 carries and scored two TDs while completing 7 of 14 passes for 229 yards and three TDs.

Saltaformaggio said the script for Scott included taking over in the second half of playoff wins over Hahnville, Parkway and Ehret on the way to the title.

Zachary offensive coordinator Kenny Langlois also pointed out Scott’s tireless work ethic that included extra throwing after practice and extra film study.

“Lindsey’s drive is always to make sure he doesn’t put himself or his team in a bad situation,” Langlois said. “There’s no doubt he put us in the best situations possible. He’s proof that hard work pays off.”