There’s sadness involving this week’s News 5 Good Sport. We pay tribute to a championship quarterback out of UMS Wright who passed away last week after being involved in a traffic accident.
Michael Scott may be gone, but he will never be forgotten.
UMS Wright football Coach Terry Curtis calls Scott one of his all-time favorites.
Scott was the quarterback of one of UMS Wright’s most famous football teams. The 2005 Bulldogs won the 4-A title with a perfect 15-0 record — it was the team with Scott, Brandon Gibson, Preston Dial and Erling Riis.
“He really held us together, whether it was in the huddle, on and off the field,” Riis said. “He was just a great competitor, great leader, great friend to everybody.
“You always knew what you were going to get with Michael.”
Like everyone who knew Michael Scott, Erling is having a tough time dealing with his tragic death. Scott’s infectious personality made him a winner on and off the field.
“[It’s] just an unbelievable tragic event that is just really unfortunate,” Riis said. “I can’t say enough how many people are going to miss Michael.
“He touched lives everywhere he went.”
Michael was the MVP of the 2005 championship game. When you say “good sport,” Michael Scott comes to mind.
“[He was] humble, always wanted to present a good atmosphere and a good competitive environment but after the game would always reach out to the other team,” Riis said. “Whether it was the quarterback or the coaches, he obviously wanted to gain their respect, but he also wanted them to know that they had his respect.”
Michael was a star athlete in grade school and was a winner at St. Ignatius and CYO and the winning didn’t stop in high school. His family, friends and those who knew him, will miss him dearly and I was one of them.
“I really struggled with it — especially the first two days afterwards — it’s been very difficult, but I know deep down that Michael is in a much better place,” Riis said. “I will see him again, but I am going to miss him every day.
“I know there’s a lot of people in this community and his family and his friend that feel the exact same way and he will definitely leave an unbelievable mark in this area.”