Leroy Roddy and Tyquincey Kilbourne are linked to each other by one of the Baton Rouge area’s notable high school football rivalries.
Kilbourne of East Feliciana and Northeast’s Roddy were part of two games between their teams during the fall. Northeast won both, including a 14-12 victory in a Class 2A quarterfinal.
Now there’s something the duo can share — honors on the Louisiana Sports Writers Association’s Class 2A All-State team.
Roddy, a junior defensive lineman, helped lead the Vikings to the semifinals where they lost to eventual state champion Many. He finished with 41 solo tackles, 49 assists, nine tackles for loss and 31/2 sacks in 10 games. Kilbourne, a senior linebacker, finished with 103 tackles, 26 tackles for loss, 11 sacks, eight pass break-ups, three forced fumbles and scored two defensive TDs.
Teams that played in either Class 2A or Division III state championship games dominate the LSWA squad selected by a panel of sportswriters from across the state.
Playing on one of the four teams in the Class 2A and Division III championship games boded well for senior receiver Shun Brown of Division III state champion Calvary Baptist who was voted the Outstanding Offensive Player. Brown finished with 67 catches for 1,362 yards and 26 total touchdowns.
Meanwhile, senior linebacker Bryce Baker of 2A runner-up Kinder was voted the Outstanding Defensive Player after compiling 160 tackles, two sacks and three blocked punts.
Jess Curtis, who led Many to the 2A state title and the first 15-0 season in school history, garnered Coach of the Year.
Division III champion Calvary led all teams with five selections. Cavaliers picked were: Junior quarterback Shea Patterson (2,428 passing yards on 129-of-199 with 38 touchdowns to three interceptions); senior running back Orlando Bradford (1,130 yards on 159 carries with 17 touchdowns, 206 receiving yards and six touchdowns); senior defensive lineman Justice Henson (99 tackles with 11 for loss, six sacks, five forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries) and junior defensive back Rodarius Williams (31 tackles with five interceptions and six pass breakups).
Many and Kinder had three selections each. Senior offensive lineman Garrett Thomas (6-foot-6, 315 pounds), senior linebacker Pepi Kennedy (55 solo tackles, 12 for loss, eight sacks and three forced fumbles) and senior defensive back Xavier Dias (33 tackles and two interceptions) represent Many. Kinder’s picks include Baker, senior offensive lineman Casey Edwards and senior defensive back Zach Rider (91 tackles, 2 interceptions, three fumble recoveries and two touchdowns).
Senior running back Andre Bellefontaine of Division III runner-up Catholic-New Iberia rushed for 1,300 yards and 18 touchdowns. Newman senior/Tennessee commitment Kendall Bussey Jr. (35 total touchdowns with 1,240 rushing, 514 receiving yards) joins Bradford and Bellefontaine at running back.
Newman senior Jay Tyler, son of former LSU quarterback Herb Tyler, had 2,047 offensive yards and 31 total touchdowns to make the squad as an athlete.