More honors for Stepinac's Goodman
To this point in his senior year, no honor had escaped Tyrell Goodman.
Stepinac quarterback Tyrell Goodman was named state co-player of the year.
The Stepinac quarterback was twice named CHSFL player of the week and later won the AA league's offensive MVP award. He was then named MVP at the CHSFL championship and Turkey Bowl games, helping the Crusaders complete the first perfect season in program history.
Goodman's dominant season eventually earned him player of the year honors from The Journal News. Now, he's earned the most prestigious honor yet: co-state player of the year by the New York State Sportswriters Association.
Goodman shared the award when the NYSSWA released its all-state lists in Classes AA and A on Wednesday. He was joined by Aquinas running back Mike Messina, who helped lead his team over Harrison in the Class A state championship game.
Rush-Henrietta quarterback Ashton Broyld won the award in Class AA.
"If it wasn't for my team, none of this would be possible," said Goodman, who passed for 1,686 yards and 23 touchdowns and rushed for 1,172 yards and another 14 touchdowns. "We had a great year. Everyone played a role, and I just played a role. I was the quarterback and I was the leader."
The 6-foot-2, 207-pound senior became the third player from Westchester County to receive the state's top honor. Bronxville's Stephen Shoemaker (Class C) and Tuckahoe's Jarett Sommer (Class D) received theirs last week when the NYSSWA revealed the Class B, C and D all-state teams.
Goodman remains uncommitted. He has been offered a scholarship from Stony Brook and has considered an official visit to Akron.
Maryland and Buffalo have sent coaches to visit Goodman at Stepinac High School, although Maryland recently replaced coach Ralph Friedgen, a Harrison native. Goodman said yesterday that Ball State has also showed interest.
Five teammates joined Goodman on the Class A all-state team. Syracuse-bound defensive end Donnie Simmons was named first team. The two stars were joined by seniors Brian Byrnes and Jeff Clack and juniors Caleb Gilligan-Evans and Austin Taps.
"It says we have a lot of players playing big roles and giving it their all," Goodman said.
"It's a great honor for Stepinac and for coach (Mike) O'Donnell. He had a lot of seniors on there. For us to earn all of these awards as a champion, it's a special moment for him, too."