Everything seemed to go right in Park Crossing’s season-opening 37-14 win over St. James last week, including the play of linebacker Ricky Scott.
Scott, a Carver transfer, switched from defensive end to middle linebacker and made his debut at the position against the Trojans. Anchored by Scott in the middle, the Park Crossing starters held St. James to 11 yards in the first half.
“It’s a great position. I feel a little bit more at ease at that position,” Scott said. “I feel like if I make a play, or something was to happen at that position, coaches won’t have to worry about my height. Or people would be like, ‘That’s a good fit for him.’ So I’m very excited to play linebacker this year.”
The move to linebacker will help on the recruiting front. At 5-foot-11, 235 pounds, Scott is on the smaller side for a defensive lineman. Still, he led the Wolverines with nine sacks last season, even playing next to 5-star pass rushers in linebacker Lyndell “Mack” Wilson and defensive end Marlon Davidson.
“I thought he played well. He did a good job of setting the fronts and making the checks that we ask him to make,” Park Crossing coach Smitty Grider said. “He’s got to get a little bit more downhill, he did pretty well with that, but not as good as we want him to be. So that’s still a work in progress. He’s had a great week of practice, and I think Friday night he’ll be even better.”
Scott and the Thunderbirds play fellow city team Sidney Lanier on Friday at Cramton Bowl, which will provide a new test for their highly-touted defense.
“They’re going to be a much more athletic team. While St. James was extremely well coached, Lanier’s going to have a few more athletes,” Grider said. “We’ve got to just contain that, not give up big plays to their athletes.”