Pios, Gents earn spots on 4-3A All-Distict team
CROWLEY – It was supposed to be a rebuilding year for the Notre Dame Pioneers in 2011.
And by the Pios standards, it was.
But the longer the season went on, the more it became evident that the Pios, who returned just seven starters from their 2010 squad, were still the class of their district.
Coach Lewis Cook’s squad, who lost three of their first five games, hit their stride beginning in Week 6 and never looked back, logging five straight victories to claim the league title for the fifth straight year.
After a close call in the district opener, a 34-30 victory over Jennings, the Pios cruised past their other league opponents, giving up just 34 points while scoring 137.
Not surprisingly, the Pios once again also dominated the All-District team that was recently announced by the league coaches.
Notre Dame landed three spots on the first-team offense and six on defense.
Waylon Young made the squad at quarterback after completing 82 of his 176 pass attempts on the year. The senior had 15 of those completions go for touchdowns with his longest being from 77 yards out.
Young’s main target, Josef Schmid, also made the team at receiver. Schmid hauled in 42 passes during his senior campaign and scored seven touchdowns.
Also making the team on offense was senior lineman Cole Reiners.
C.J. Hundley and Paul LaCroix each made the team on the defensive line.
Hundley, a senior, had 89 tackles, including 54 solo takedowns. He also had two sacks, 10 hurries and three forced fumbles.
LaCroix also recorded 89 tackles and 46 solo, along with five sacks, one interception, nine hurries and two forced fumbles.
Zach Miller earned a spot at linebacker after leading the Pios in tackles with 96 (61 solo). He also had 10 hurries and he recovered two fumbles.
Austin Bordelon and D.J. Petitjean nailed down two of the four spots in the secondary.
Bordelon racked up 77 tackles (50 solo) and had two interceptions, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. Petitjean had 33 tackles (25 solo) to go along with two interceptions.
Blake Miller grabbed the final spot on the first team for the Pios, making the list as the return specialist. The senior speedster had 16 kickoff returns for 392 yards and a touchdown and returned nine punts for 78 yards. He also rushed 20 times for 163 yards and a score.
Miller also made the second team at receiver. He was the Pios’ second leading receiver behind Schmid with 18 receptions for 463 yards and five touchdowns.
Crowley High, which finished fourth in the five-team district, landed three players on the first team.
Offensively, LSU commitment Davante Bourque made the squad at running back. The senior picked up 1,405 yards and scored 16 touchdowns on 173 carries. He also had 11 receptions for 281 yards and two touchdowns to go along with six kickoff returns for another 153 yards.
Bourque is joined on the first team offense by senior lineman Jude Cradeur.
Crowley’s lone selection on defense is senior linebacker Brody Deshotel. He finished the year with 113 tackles (59 solo), two sacks and two fumble recoveries.
Notre Dame also had six selections on the second team while Crowley had five.
Luke Broussard made the second unit at running back after rushing for 1.099 yards and 11 tuochdowns on 154 carries. Grant Clark and Brandon Sonnier each made it on the offensive line for the Pios.
Defensively, Brent Sonnier was named to the squad on the line after collecting 36 tackles, one sack and one fumble recovery.Jake Melancon made it at linebacker (92 tackles, 2 sacks, 2 fumble recoveries) and Connor Goss was the punter (26 punts for 942 yards).
Crowley’s Kaleb Cormier is the second team tight end with 20 receptions for 315 yards and three touchdowns.
Andre Mills made the team at the athlete position. The junior quarterback completed 69 of his 149 pass attempts for 1,178 yards and nine touchdowns while also rushing for another 599 yards and nine touchdowns on 121 carries.
Jesse Harmon made it on the defensive line with 81 tackles and three fumble recoveries while Brennan Andrus and Damon Malbrough got on as defensive backs. Andrus had 98 tackles, one sack, three interceptions and one fumble recovery while Malbrough had 57 tackles, two interceptions and one fumble recovery.
Westlake, which placed third in the league standings, nailed down two of the top three honors on the squad in Offensive MVP Devin Eaglin and Coach of the Year Max Calderrera. Jenings’ Alex Daigle was named the Defensive MVP.
Honorable mentions include Crowley’s Danny Malbrough, Tyler Johnson, Chris Wilson, Dorris Senegal and Cade Abshire as well as Notre Dame’s Andre Thibodeaux, Matt Venable, Clint Faul, Gavin Bourgeois, Andrew Valdetera, Andrew Breaux, Nick Gossen, Austin Thibodeaux and Jacob Sloane.