WALKER – One of two victims who died in a Texas traffic accident Wednesday has been identified as former Walker High quarterback Jacobi Scott.
WHS athletic director Steve Johnson said the news stunned the school.
“He was such a dynamic young man,” Johnson said. “He was a great student, quiet and respectful.
“I would say he was a quiet leader, not boisterous, but when he walked into a room, you would recognize he was a leader.
“If you had a daughter, he was the type of young man you wanted her to date,” he added.
Walker High Principal Jason St. Pierre was off campus at a meeting and unavailable for comment.
Former News sports editor Randy Rosetta echoed Johnson’s description of Scott.
“Jacobi Scott was one of the first young athletes I got to know when I started working at the Livingston Parish News and he was such an engaging, gregarious kid,” Rosetta said.
“My heart hurts for his family and all my friends in the Walker community where he was such a bright light,” he said.
Details were still sketchy about the circumstances of the accident, but Scott was reportedly returning home from Southwestern College in Winfield, Kan., where he was on the football team.
Johnson said the school was trying to find out more details late Thursday morning.
According to the Marshall (Texas) News Messenger, the city Fire Department and EMS were dispatched at 6:10 p.m. to a fatal two-vehicle accident. Fire Chief Reggie Cooper said the incident involved an 18-wheeler and passenger vehicle and was under investigation.
He did not identify the other victim.
In 2016, Scott led Walker High to a 7-3 record and Class 5A playoff berth, ending the school’s 25-game losing streak in district play. He passed for 2,969 yards and 30 touchdowns, being named the co-MVP on offense for the All-Parish Team with Tyree Golmond of Denham Springs High.
“Two lasting memories I will always have of the young man,” Rosetta said.
“After he missed a free throw in a playoff game -- the last game of his career -- that would’ve sent Walker to overtime against Natchitoches Central, he stood tall, looked me in the eye and said, ‘These guys will learn from this and win state next year.’ ’’
“When the Wildcats did just that, Jacobi was there -- he told me ‘I wouldn’t have missed this for anything’ -- and was so happy for and proud of his ‘younger brothers,’ as he called them,” Rosetta said.
“And man, those boys also embraced him and what he had meant to help them get to the top.
“Rest in peace young man. You made an impact in your short time in this world."