Jay Tyler finished his stellar career at Newman having accounted for 127 touchdowns.
That’s 100 passing, 24 rushing and three on returns.
That total is more than any other player in the Greenies history, including Peyton and Eli Manning.
That versatility landed Tyler a spot on the Class 2A All-State football team, voted on by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association.
Despite a season where he battled a hand injury, Tyler finished the season with 2,047 offensive yards and 31 total touchdowns as a passer, runner and returner.
Tyler was one of four Newman players selected to the Class 2A All-State team.
He was joined by running back Kendall Bussey, offensive lineman Drew Drouilhet and defensive back Elliot Sperling.
Bussey, who committed to Tennessee on Friday, had 1,240 rushing yards and 514 receiving yards and scored a school-record 35 touchdowns this season.
Sperling recorded 76 tackles with four interceptions and 16 pass breakups to help Newman reach the Division III semifinals.
Riverside, which also reached the Division III semifinals, also placed four players on the all-state team.
Two were defensive lineman Joe Anderson (38 tackles, 10 for loss and seven sacks, one interception return for a touchdown) and Richie George (39 tackles, six for loss and two sacks, one fumble recovery for a touchdown).
Riverside junior kicker Tyler Gauthier made 78 of 80 extra points and 5 of 7 field goals with a long of 45 and was joined on the team by Rebels receiver Herb McGee (47 catches, 713 yards and 13 TDs, 405 rushing yards and two TDs).
St. James junior linebacker Aquindas Steib (101 tackles, 14 for loss, two sacks, four forced fumbles) was the only other local player to make the team.
While Newman and Riverside fell a game short of reaching the title game, playing on one of the four teams that did reach the Class 2A nonselect and Division III select championship games boded well for players with all-state aspirations.
More than 40 percent of the Class 2A all-state selections came from Class 2A champion Many, Division III champion Calvary Baptist, Class 2A runner up Kinder and Division III runner up Catholic-New Iberia.
That includes the Outstanding Offensive Player in Calvary senior receiver Shun Brown (67 catches, 1,362 yards and 26 total touchdowns), Outstanding Defensive Player in Kinder senior linebacker Bryce Baker (160 tackles, two sacks, three blocked punts) and Coach of the Year in Many’s Jess Curtis.
Curtis led Many to the program’s first football state title and first 15-0 season after the Tigers appeared in the 2013 Class 2A title game.
Division III champion Calvary led all teams with five selections with Brown, junior quarterback Shea Patterson (2,428 passing yards with 38 touchdowns to three interceptions); senior running back Orlando Bradford (1,130 yards on 159 carries with 17 TDs, 206 receiving yards and six TDs); senior defensive lineman Justice Henson (99 tackles with 11 for loss, six sacks, five forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries) and junior defensive back Rodarius Williams (31 tackles with five interceptions and six pass breakups).
Many and Kinder have three selections each.
Many 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 the Tigers.
Kinder’s picks include Baker, senior offensive lineman Casey Edwards (6-2, 285) and senior defensive back Zach Rider (91 tackles, two interceptions, three fumble recoveries and two TDs).
Catholic-New Iberia senior running back Andre Bellefontaine rushed for 1,300 yards and 18 touchdowns.
Joining Brown and Riverside’s McGee at receiver is Vinton senior Anfernee Dixon (60 catches, 1,193 yards and 15 TDs with two more return TDs).
Lining up with Thomas, Edwards and Newman’s Drouilhet on the offensive line are Oak Grove sophomore Joshua Mote (6-3, 265), Sterlington senior Cole Forbes (5-8, 220).
Northeast defensive lineman Leroy Roddy accounted for 41 solo tackles and 49 assists with nine for loss and 3.5 sacks to join Henson and the Riverside duo of Anderson and George.
East Feliciana senior Tyquincey Kilbourne (103 tackles, 26 for loss, 11 sacks and two defensive TDs) joins Kennedy, Baker and St. James’ Steib at linebacker.
Winnfield junior punter Aaron Moreno averaged 41 yards with 11 of his 37 attempts downed inside the 20.
Sterlington junior Jaylan King earned the return specialist spot with two kicks returned for touchdowns and 29 returns for 746 yards.