Perkinston, Miss. — Lindsey Scott Jr. turned to the overflowing stands with less than four minutes remaining Sunday and waved his arms to encourage the sea of red-clad fans to roar behind the East Mississippi defense.
The standout quarterback could finally feel his three-and-a-half month detour culminating in the goal he had set at its inception — one he prioritized more than almost anyone seemed to understand.
No. 1 EMCC closed out a 31-28 defeat of No. 2 Arizona Western to claim its first NJCAA national championship since 2014.
And only now will Scott and his family finally turn their focus to his highly anticipated second Division-I recruiting process.
“I wanted to take care of this game first,” he said at the conclusion of a fall that began on hometown LSU’s roster. “And now that we’ve won it, I’m extremely happy. And now I can look to see where I’m gonna go next. I think I did it the right way. And anybody else that’s taking the same footsteps, that’s what I’d consider is football first.
“Football is about your teammates and about winning. And everything else will take care of itself.”