Former LSU quarterback Herb Tyler stopped his son during postgame interviews and gave him a big ole hug Thursday night.
They exchanged “I love you’s” and Jay Tyler flashed a smile before continuing to talk about his record-setting night in Newman’s 53-12 romp over Carver at Pan-Am Stadium.
Tyler had just made his way into the Newman record book, accounting for more touchdowns than anyone in the school’s rich history.
More than Peyton Manning.
More than Eli.
More than anyone else who has ever worn the green and white.
Tyler, who was switched from quarterback to receiver, entered the game tied with former Greenies’ quarterback and ex-LSU baseball player Wes Luquette with 107 career touchdowns. Peyton Manning is third on the list with 105.
Tyler scored three touchdowns, breaking the record on the first play of the second quarter when he hauled in a pass from Miles Lapeyre and ran for a 31-yard score.
“I really can’t even explain the feeling,” Tyler said. “It’s been 3½ long years. Doing it in every fashion is just fun. It’s not possible without my line, without my defense, without special teams. I just thank my teammates for helping make this possible.”
Tyler added to that total just two minutes later with a highlight reel 55-yard punt return for a score.
It was the first punt return for a touchdown for Tyler, who threw for 37 touchdowns as a junior on his way to being named The New Orleans Advocate’s Metro Offensive Player of the Year for Small Schools.
“The funny thing about that punt return was I could hear Kendall (Bussey) say ‘Wait, I got your block,” Tyler said. “He came and laid the guy out and that’s the way I scored.”
Tyler added his third touchdown (and 110th of his career) in the third quarter on a 25-yard reception from Lapeyre.
While Tyler was running into the record books, Bussey was running through the Rams defense.
Bussey, a Nebraska commitment, rushed 12 times for 171 yards and scored three touchdowns as well.
Bussey scored on runs of 1, 41, and 40 yards.
He pushed his season total touchdowns to a state-best 19 touchdowns, including 17 on the ground.
Lapeyre threw three TDs (one to Elbert Smith) and also ran for one in the fourth quarter for Newman (5-0, 2-0 in 8-2A), ranked No. 2 in The New Orleans Advocate’s Small School Super 10.
The Greenies are averaging 50 points per game after Thursday’s easy win.
“That’s as good a game as (Jay) and Kendall have played together and Miles showed great command of the offense,” Newman coach Nelson Stewart said. “You don’t hear a lot about our defense but those guys had to battle for four quarters. Just overall a nice win for us.”
Bussey’s third touchdown gave Newman a commanding 40-0 lead with 9:19 left in the second quarter.
Carver finally scored late in the half when quarterback Quinton Matthew threw a 5-yard pass to D’Quintez Wilson, who outjumped a defender for the touchdown. Matthew connected with Shamar Moses on the opening drive of the second half to cut it to 40-12.
But it wasn’t nearly enough for the Rams (2-3, 1-1), who are having to play this season without a senior class as part of the process of the merging of Carver Collegiate and Carver Prep into one school. Former standouts Romalas Walker and Carlius Joseph are now playing for Landry-Walker and defensive back Jerome Smith is at St. Augustine. The trio watched from the stands Thursday night.
“It’s real tough, said Carver coach Byron Addison. “You have those guys all the way up to this point and then boom they are gone. So now we have kids who we weren’t expecting to play having to step up. It’s hard, but we are making the best of it.”
Carver didn’t help itself, committing five turnovers, including four interceptions. Elliot Sperling, Chris Degenova, Wyatt Mumfrey and Alex Abramson all had picks for Newman.
Carver will play South Plaquemines on Oct. 10.
Newman will play at St. James on Oct. 10, before its much anticipated Oct. 17 showdown against Riverside as Tyler looks to add to a record that he didn’t see coming when his career first started.
“ I had no expectations,” Tyler said. “When I first came out at the end of my freshman year, everything was a lot faster that I was used to so I never thought it would amount to this. Everything has gotten slower and it’s just so fun. I never really thought this would happen, but I’m embracing it.”