Newman wide receiver Elbert Thomas III in exclusive company on career receiving list _lowres

Advocate file photo by SHERRI MILLER -- Newman's Elbert Thomas celebrates a touchdown against Lusher in a jamboree game this past season.

One set the Isidore Newman single season record for passing yards in a season.

The other switched from the defensive line to play center and dominate at his position for the Greenies.

Both have been recognized for their senior season success.

Newman wide receiver Elbert Thomas and center Matthew Ryan were named to the Class 2A All-State team selected by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association.

Thomas caught 88 passes for 1,247 yards and 14 touchdowns for the Greenies, who reached the second round of the Division III playoffs.

Ryan, the son of former New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, led the way up front.

There were also two players from West St. John and two from Riverside and two from West St. John to make the team.

For West St. John, receiver Jabari Walters (73 receptions, 1,226 yards, 12 touchdowns) and defensive back Jamal Walters (12 interceptions) made the team.

Riverside kicker Tyler Gauthier and linebacker Evan Veron both were selected.

Gauthier was 32 of 34 on extra points in the regular season. He kicked a school-record 52-yard field goal in a win against Country Day.

Veron finished with 78 solo tackles, 57 assists, 38 tackles for loss, nine sacks, two interceptions, four fumble recoveries.

Riverside coach Bill Stubbs was named coach of the year after guiding his Rebels to the Division III championship game in a season highlighted by a district championship and a regular-season win over Class 5A quarterfinalist Hahnville.

Riverside has never won an LHSAA title, but made its first trip to a final in 15 years. The Rebels went 8-1 in the regular season, earned the No. 1 seed in the bracket and rode an 11-game winning streak into the Superdome before falling to Notre Dame.

Notre Dame and Kinder finished this season at the top of the Class 2A football heap, with the Pioneers capturing the Division III select schools state championship and Kinder taking the nonselect crown for the second time in three years. Both also landed a bunch of players on the team.

Notre Dame finished 15-0 to win its fifth state title, the first since 2009. The Pioneers’ success was, in large part, due to its superb defense, which allowed 50 points all season.

Senior defensive back Hayden Bourgeois, a 5-foot-11, 190-pound senior was the leader of that defense, with 64 tackles, 5.5 of those for losses and is the Defensive MVP of the LSWA squad.

Kinder quarterback Welles Cooley is the Offensive MVP. The 6-2, 185-pound senior went into the final game with 1,011 passing yards and 10 touchdowns and 1,115 rushing yards and 18 touchdowns. He also played defense, recording 41 tackles and three interceptions.