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October 21, 2013

Senior defensive end a 'force' behind aggressive 'Cats defense

Getting to know Adrian Scott

VALDOSTA — The Valdosta High Wildcats are 5-2 and 1-2 in Region 1-AAAAAA play, and are still very much alive in the state playoff race. Much of the team's success this season can be given to the defense, which has gotten better through each game of the season.

Senior defensive end Adrian Scott is one the players that has progressed tremendously for the Wildcats. Born in Valdosta on Jan. 22, 1995, to Derrick and Barbara Scott, Adrian has been playing football since the age of 6.

Father Derrick owns a local cleaning company, while mother Barbara is a nurse at South Georgia Medical Center.

Adrian Scott has played both sides of the ball most of his football career, playing the role of both an offensive and defensive lineman, in addition to the linebacker spot.

Scott has been a student at Valdosta High since his ninth-grade year and played for the junior varsity team that year. Scott began playing varsity in the 10th grade and became a starter just this season, as a senior.

At school, Scott has a 2.5 grade point average and participates in both track and the wrestling team.

Wrestling has played a factor in Scott’s play as a defensive end.

“It helps a lot. It’s really aggressive and the techniques I learned in it helps with some of my defensive end moves,” said Scott.

Scott would like to attend college, and is still awaiting his first scholarship offer.

“I wouldn’t mind going anywhere. I really want to play football in college and would attend whatever school wanted me,” said Scott.

Last weekend, Scott began to show Wildcat fans why he should be a name to remember on the defensive side of the ball. Just the game before Tift County, the Wildcats faced the Lowndes Vikings in the Winnersville Classic; Scott had three sacks, one for a 17-yard loss. Scott’s performance was so good against the Blue Devils, that the ‘Cats coaches voted him the defensive player of the week.

“It’s a real honor. To be named that out of all the players on the defense. I’m humbled. I will say this though, I’m glad to be a Wildcat.”

Scott made it known that the ‘Cats black-and-gold colors are part of him as he shared his favorite color is black.

“Black is bold. It stands out and has a meaning," added Scott.

His favorite food is chicken alfredo pasta and his favorite book is “The Taming of the Shrew." His preferred music genre is hip-hop, and he likes the artist Rick Ross because of his aggressive lyric delivery. This translates to Scott’s style of play on the field.

“I’m very aggressive on the football field. If I see the ball, I hit the ball,” said Scott.

In the NFL, Scott looks up to Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson.

“He doesn’t play my position but I admire Adrian Peterson. For starters, we share the same name. He is very explosive and loves the game and is just an athlete,” said Scott.

His relationship with his teammates is a good one; he describes them as close as family.

"I’m real close with my teammates. I'm a lot older than the other guys so they tend to gravitate towards me as a big-brother figure,” said Scott.

Scott mentioned that the funniest player on the team to him is not running back Nelson Herring as most teammates choose, but senior defensive end Columbus Washington.

“Columbus Washington is the funniest to me. He dances, sings and is just real outgoing. He’s a wild guy and we’ve been friends for a while now,” said Scott.

Teammates describe Scott as outgoing, someone who you can talk to.

“They’d probably say I am not very loud on the field, but aggressive. A role model and a friend to talk to,” said Scott. “I’m a dominant athlete.”

If Scott could have any super power, he would like the ability to read minds.

“I would want to know what people think about me as a person,” said Scott.

In his first season as a starter, Scott feels every game has been his best.

“Not to sound cocky, but every game I play in, I play hard. I can’t pick a best. Not just me though, my whole team, because it’s a team thing,” added Scott.

This Friday the ‘Cats take on another region rival, the Colquitt County Packers at 7:30 p.m. in Moultrie.

“To prepare for the game coming up, I just have to practice hard, listen to my coaches and just play hard,” said Scott. 

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