Crowley's Bourque, Notre Dame's Rothermel headline 2010 All-Acadia Parish Football Team
CROWLEY – When it came to offensive production, not many teams were better than the Crowley Gents during the 2010 prep football season.
And when it came to defense, the same can be said about the Notre Dame Pioneers.
The Gents’ offense rolled up an average of 466 yards and just under 44 points per outing in 2010 while the Pios’ defense limited opponents to a staggering 180 yards and eight points a game over 14 games.
The keys to each team’s success rested in the hands of two players: Crowley’s Davante Bourque and Notre Dame’s John Rothermel.
For their efforts, Bourque was named as the Crowley Post Signal All-Acadia Parish Most Valuable Player on offense while Rothermel was tabbed as the Defensive Most Valuable Player.
Bourque, who recently completed his first season at Crowley High after transferring over from Gueydan in the summer of 2010, was a guiding force for the Gents in 2010. The junior tailback led Class AAA in rushing with 2,316 yards while scoring 36 touchdowns on 221 carries.
He also had 11 kickoff returns for 395 yards and two touchdowns and hauled in 15 passes for 199 yards and another pair of touchdowns.
“Davante got better as the year went on,” said CHS coach Tommy Tate. “Of course, he was good from the get-go, but as the year went on, he really started to understand the offense and the timing of the plays and he really made some big plays for us throughout the whole year.
“He was really effective running the football for us. He has great vision, great timing and great acceleration. He sees the whole field really well, makes good cuts and has good balance. I think he has a lot of football in front of him, he just needs to continue to get bigger, stronger and faster and keep working at being the best player that he can be.”
Bourque was also the District 4-AAA Offensive MVP and was tabbed to the Class AAA All-State team at the athlete position.
Rothermel, who moved from free safety to linebacker in 2010, was equally as impressive on the defensive side of the ball. The 6-foot-1, 190-pound senior led the Pios in tackles with 109 (54 solo and 55 assists) during the regular season. He also had seven tackles for a loss, two sacks, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and two interceptions.
“John’s attention to detail and hard work really paid off this year,” said Notre Dame defenesive coordinator James McCleary. “He really had an excellent year.
“He is a linebacker, but he was at strong safety last year because he was one of the best 11 and he needed to be on the field. He’s one of the best tacklers on the field for us. He really did a good job of controlling the front and made all the calls.
“We have really had a long list of talented linebackers to come out of here and John ranks right up there along side of all of them.”
Rothermel was also the Defensive MVP on the 5-AAA All-District team and earned a spot on the Class AAA All-State team.
Notre Dame’s Lewis Cook also took home some hardware as well, earning the Coach of the Year award.
Cook guided Notre Dame to yet another undefeated regular season and the No. 1 seed in the Class AAA playoffs. The Pios advanced all the way to the semifinals before being upended by Parkview Baptist.
Overall, Notre Dame landed six players on the offensive team, including quarterback Waylon Young, who made the unit at the athlete position.
Young, who made his first varsity start in the third game of season, completed 54 of his 98 pass attempts for 961 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Young is joined on the squad by teammates Zac D’Aquin at receiver and Stu Cook at running back.
D’Aquin, Young’s main target, finished his senior year with 20 receptions for 480 yards and four touchdowns. Cook, who started the season at quarterback before moving to tailback, rushed for 616 yards and 12 touchdowns on 90 carries and also hauled in 14 passes for 252 yards and three touchdowns.
Notre Dame’s Brannon Trahan, Jacob Melancon and Pete Petitjean each made the team on the offensive line.
Bourque is joined on the offensive squad by teammates Tuskani Figaro at quarterback, Tonori Boutte at receiver and Devin Hebert and Jude Cradeur on the offensive line.
Figaro, who moved from linebacker to quarterback in the third quarter of Crowley’s opening game, had the most productive season at the position of any other QB in the school’s recent history.
The junior completed 119 of his 201 pass attempts for 1,841 yards and 17 touchdowns. He also rushed for 873 yards and 12 touchdowns on 173 carries.
Boutte was on the receiving end of most of Figaro’s passes. The senior speedster had 42 receptions for 678 yards and seven touchdowns.
Rayne’s Brody Bourque made the team at running back as did tight end Danny Harmon and kicker Andrew Abshire.
Bourque rushed for 1,045 yards and 12 touchdowns on 193 carries and also had five receptions for 30 yards. Harmon hauled in 14 passes for 200 yards and three touchdowns. Abshire connected on 21 of his 25 extra point attempts and had 18 kickoffs go for touchbacks.
Church Point’s Von Duplechain also made the team at running back after rushing for 802 yards and 12 touchdowns on 138 carries.
Defensively, Rothermel is joined by teammates Jerry Menard and Dylan Daigle on the defensive line, Will Fruge at linebacker, Ricky Stoma and Luke Bourqeois at defensive back, Tyler Melancon at punter and Beau Petitjean at return specialist.
Menard anchored Notre Dame’s defensive line with 34 solo tackles and 24 assists. He also had 11 tackles for a loss, three sacks, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.
Daigle was also a force on the line, logging 22 solos and 21 assists to go along with three sacks and one fumble recovery.
Fruge had 28 solos and 20 assists, one sack, one fumble recovery and one interception.
Stoma, who also made the Class AAA All-State team, had 29 solos, 19 assists and five interceptions.
Bourgeois racked up 34 solos, 20 assists one fumble recovery and one interception. He also returned 11 punts for an average of 12.3 yards and three kickoffs for an average of 30 yards.
Melancon averaged 38.2 yards per punt.
Crowley’s defensive honorees include lineman Nick Hoffpauir, linebackers Chris Wilson and Joski Banks and defensive back Kristian Allen.
Hoffpauir rounded out his senior year with 30 solos and 25 assists. He also had nine tackles for a loss and four sacks.
Wilson piled up 50 solos, 25 assists, six tackles for a loss, two sacks and two pass breakups during his junior season. Banks had 58 solo, 16 assists, 11 tackles for a loss, two sacks and on interception.
Allen had 38 solos, 25 assists and six interceptions.
Also making the team on the defensive line are Church Point’s Dexter Charles and Iota’s Chase Doucet.
Rayne’s Dylan Ware is listed at line backer and Shelby Thibodeaux made it at defensive back along with Iota’s Gavin Guidry.