By Jimmy Watson // Written for the LSWA
Linebacker Shane Forman of Southern Lab and quarterback Landry Lyddy of Calvary Baptist headline the 2021 Louisiana Sports Writers Association’s Class 1A All-State team.
The 6-foot-2, 215-pound Forman recorded 87 tackles, seven sacks with three tackles for a loss on the season and was voted the Outstanding Defensive Player by a panel of sportswriters from across the state. In the championship game against Ouachita Christian, Forman totaled 12 tackles and had a fumble recovery as the Kittens won 38-14.
Both Forman and Calvary quarterback Landry Lyddy are returning LSWA all-state players. Lyddy posted another prolific passing season to earn LSWA’s Outstanding Offensive Player honors. The 6-1, 185-pound Lyddy signed early with Louisiana Tech and will report to Ruston for spring practices. He passed for 4,247 yards and 53 touchdowns on the season while leading the Cavaliers to the Division IV semifinals.
It took 82 years for championship magic to return to Homer, but Richie Casey guided the Pelicans to the LHSAA Class 1A title by defeating 1A powers Haynesville and Logansport along the way. That earned Casey LSWA Coach of the Year honors in a close vote over Southern Lab’s Darrell Asberry, who guided the Kittens to an 11-2 record and the Division IV state title.
Casey, a former Louisiana Tech wide receiver, wasn’t born the last time the Pelicans appeared in a state championship game (1985). He directed his program to an 11-3 mark and was joined on the All-State team by spectacular junior running back Ely’Jay Curry, offensive lineman Davion Champ and defensive back Takeldrick Webb.
CLASS 1A ALL-STATE FOOTBALL CHART
Pos Player School Ht. Wt. Cl
WR Tristan Wiley Ouachita Christian 6-3 190 Sr.
WR Jayven Claybrook Logansport 6-0 205 Jr.
WR Aubrey Hermes Calvary Baptist 6-2 175 So.
OL Andy Weatherford Ouachita Christian 6-4 295 Sr.
OL Bryant Williams Grand Lake 6-7 325 Sr.
OL Carlos Sanders Southern Lab 6-3 285 Jr.
OL Davion Champ Homer 6-3 330 Jr.
OL Kolton Kinley Logansport 6-2 235 Sr.
QB Landry Lyddy Calvary Baptist 6-0 190 Sr.
RB Kain Atkinson East Beauregard 5-7 155 Sr.
RB Ely’jay Curry Homer 5-10 170 Jr.
RB Harlem Berry St. Martin’s 5-11 160 Fr.
PK Caleb Clement Calvary Baptist 5-6 204 Sr.
ATH Angelo Izzard Southern Lab 5-11 170 Sr.
Pos Player School Ht. Wt. Cl
DL Casey Cobb Ouachita Christian 6-3 225 Sr.
DL AJ Thomas Cedar Creek 6-2 210 Jr.
DL Kemarion Ivory Haynesville 6-0 245 Jr.
DL Chris Bess Southern Lab 6-3 280 Sr.
LB Thomas Marsala St. Frederick 6-2 190 Sr.
LB Shane Forman Southern Lab 6-1 210 Sr.
LB Kaleb Proctor Oak Grove 6-4 255 Sr.
LB Kailep Edwards West St. John 6-2 230 Sr.
DB Herman Brister III Southern Lab 6-3 210 Sr.
DB Joseph Schlatre St. John 6-0 175 Sr.
DB Takeldrick Webb Homer 6-3 170 Sr.
DB Jumarcus Hill Logansport 5-9 155 So.
P Landon Szubinski Ascension Catholic
R Dmitry Payne Lincoln Prep 6-0 180 Sr.
OUTSTANDING OFFENSIVE PLAYER: LANDRY LYDDY, CALVARY BAPTIST
OUTSTANDING DEFENSIVE PLAYER: SHANE FORMAN, SOUTHERN LAB
COACH OF THE YEAR: RICHIE CASEY, HOMER
Johnathon Picou, Central Catholic; Bryce Leonard, Ascension Catholic; Tylon Hollins, Central Catholic; Cameron Eschete, Covenant Christian; Trey Perkins, East Iberville; Zakyrus Gordon, Covenant Christian; James David Miller, Ouachita Christian; Darren Morris, Southern Lab; Tremaine Cleveland, St. Frederick; Caleb Scrufield, St. Frederick; Seth Smith, Cedar Creek; Douglas Thornton, Southern Lab; Ty’Rell Simmons, Lincoln Prep; Carson Riley Cedar Creek; Noah Carter, Oberlin; Beau Skinner, LaSalle; Donaven Henderson, Hamilton Christian; Imani Marcel, Lincoln Prep; Cam’ron Williams, Merryville; Hayden Elliott, Catholic-Pointe Coupee; Neiman Sullen, Hamilton Christian; Garrett Dubois, St. Edmund; Toby Franklin, Haynesville; Derrick Williams, Hamilton Christian; Justin Landry, St. Edmund; Ty Porter, Oak Grove; J.T. Turner, Montgomery; Cole Derr, LaSalle; Payne Hagan, Oak Grove; Bryce Rushing, Cedar Creek; Wyatt Johnson, LaSalle; Cole LaFleur, Opelousas Catholic; Gavin LaGrange, St. Mary’s; John Cartern O’Neal, Oak Grove; Khameron Boykins, Logansport; Michael Thompson, St. Frederick; Elijah Davis, Riverside Academy; Graeme Fidelak, St. Mary’s; Jonathan Dartez, Vermilion Catholic; Elijah Belton, Hamilton Christian; Kam Franklin, Oak Grove; Payne Williams, St. Mary’s; Tonzaiha Bland, Logansport; Brett King Grand Lake; Hakeem Young, White Castle; Denham Smith, Calvary; Noah Lovelady, Ouachita Christian; Baylor McCoy, Basile; Ashton Belaire, Vermilion Catholic; Chris Brown, Opelousas Catholic; Hutch Grace, Calvary; J’Karius Turner, Haynesville; Tylon Hollins, Central Catholic; Elijah Belton, Hamilton Christian; Taylor Daire, St. Edmund; Landon Graves, Ouachita Christian; Michael Talbot, Country Day; Alex Ross, Riverside; Scott Isacks, Country Day.