Warren Easton WR Tyron Johnson has been selected as the Greater New Orleans Amateur Athlete of the Month for October.
It is the second month in a row that an Easton standout earned the honor. The monthly award-winners are chosen in voting by the Greater New Orleans Sports Award Selection Committee, sponsored by the Allstate Sugar Bowl.
Johnson, rated by many as the top wide receiver in the country, played in four games in October, all victories for the Eagles (he sat one game to rest for the playoffs), tallying 33 catches for 511 yards and eight touchdowns. In an Oct. 3 game against South Terrebonne, which came in undefeated, he snagged 11 catches for 200 yards and a pair of touchdowns, including a 63-yard TD catch on the first play of the game, in the 53-21 win. He hit double figures in catches again with 10 (for 161 yards and two more scores) in a 38-17 win over Belle Chasse (10/10). On Oct. 16, he was “held” to five catches for 83 yards, but three of them went for touchdowns in a 46-6 victory. Easton closed the month with a 27-13 win over Landry-Walker to clinch a share of the District 9-4A title as Johnson collected seven receptions for 67 yards and a touchdown.
Johnson was selected for the honor over another high school football standout, a collegiate grid star and an outstanding amateur golfer. Andrew Hicks, a multi-skilled quarterback from Belle Chasse High, compiled 1,267 rushing yards (9.4 yards per carry), along with 17 touchdowns on the ground in October. Southern University standout Austin Howard, a true freshman quarterback from West St. John High, led the Jags to a 3-0 record in October. He was 45 of 87 for 745 yards and six touchdowns and two interceptions. Brandon Aydlett, one of the state’s top mid-amateur players, won top medalist honors in the USGA Men’s State Championship event (a national tournament pitting teams from all 50 states plus Puerto Rico) at French Lick Golf Resort in Indiana. He had a 54-hole total of 3-under-par 213.
The Greater New Orleans Sports Selection Committee has been selecting an Amateur Athlete of the Month each month since 1958. The athlete must be a native of the greater New Orleans area or must compete for a team in the metropolitan region in order to be eligible. Each of the monthly award winners will be honored in the summer at the Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame Induction and Awards Ceremony, hosted by the Allstate Sugar Bowl.
Recent Greater New Orleans Amateur Athletes of the Month:
October Tyron Johnson Football Warren Easton High School
September Deshawn Capers-Smith Football Warren Easton High School
August Daniel Edmund Baseball Retif Oil Legion
July Aleia Hobbs Track & Field New Era Track Club
June Eric Coston Track & Field St. Paul’s School
May Justin Walker Track & Field Northwestern State Univ.
April Kade Granier Baseball Destrehan High School
March Elfrid Payton Basketball UL-Lafayette
February Paul Klein Wrestling Brother Martin High School
January Merritt Van Meter Track & Field Tulane University