Scooba, MS. - State titles in football - that just didn't happen at Zachary High. They were the district doormat, never the favorite. That all changed when Lindsey Scott Jr. arrived on campus. In his final game for the Broncos two years ago, a virtuoso performance, racking up five touchdowns in a demolition of John Ehret.
"Creating history with guys you spent your entire high school career with. It's a big deal. First state championship. I still have flashbacks, dreams, walking into the Dome and looking up at the bright lights. After we won that night, everybody went in the locker room. I stayed on the field. I was taking it all in, and hoping I reach another stage like this," said Lindsey Scott, Jr.
Those dreams turned into reality for Scott when he signed with his childhood favorite... LSU. His exploits would now be on full-display at one of the cathedrals of sport, Tiger Stadium.
"It was definitely one of the days I look back as one of the most important days of my life," said a smiling Scott. "When I saw all the hard work put into this game pay off. I got a full-ride to LSU. The pinnacle school of Louisiana."
While practicing weekly, Scott rode the bench his freshman year. In his mind...2017 would be his time in the spotlight, or so he thought. Myles Brennan walked in and as a true freshman ...took the backup spot only a week into training camp. A shocker to LSU observers, an omen for Scott.
"You saw the plans for Myles. You could tell the writing was on the wall. He's a great kid, he's got a great arm. He's going to be a great quarterback at LSU one day. It was a sign that things might not work out here."
Lindsey decided to transfer, but it had to be a program where he could start right away. Scott found just that spot, and a documentary series helped lead him there.
East Mississippi Community College is known for two things, titles and a hit Netflix show "Last Chance U."
"You don't have to sell a recruiting pitch. I know the championship foundation you guys got here. It all came down to 3 a.m. in the morning. I was talking on the phone with my dad, and I made a decision. I think I want to go up to Scooba, Mississippi and play football."
Scooba is extremely small, population, 732 people. There's only one red light here. With this isolation, players can focus on what matters most.
"When you come here, the focus is school and football. I guess the lack of things to do here, let's you focus on that. I got straight A's, I'm taking care of my classes. Taking care of football. If I have free time, I'm doing school work or watching film. It definitely helps keep your head on straight."
The film work is no doubt paying off on the field. With more than 3,000 yards of total offense and 29 touchdowns, Scott's led the Lions to an 8-1 record.
"He's like a little Houdini," said EMCC Head Coach Buddy Stephens. "He just makes things happen. That's a mark of a good quarterback. When things break down, things go bad, he turns them into good. He's done a good job of that. We're very fortunate to have him. He can make it look like chicken salad really quick."
"One of these games when you're playing a really good opponent. Whenever it's 3rd and 8, or 3rd and 10, you got to do your best to move the chains. Whether it's throwing, or running, breaking a few tackles. So I just do that, and keep the ball moving forward," said Scott.
Scott's game is blossoming, but his love for LSU will never go away. Last month, Lindsey went back to Tiger Stadium as a fan.
"It was really weird. I watched them run through the tunnel. It was the first time in a long time I was on the other side. Seeing those guys out there was a little nostalgic, at the same time it was like wow."
Coach Orgeron to Buddy Stephens, 17 days in August Scott went from the blinding lights of Death Valley to a single red light in rural Mississippi.
"I'm having a lot of fun. These guys are great. They're like brothers to me now. When I came, they really took me in. We've created a bond, I'm really glad I came here."