A 14-0 dream season for Notre Dame that ended in a Division III state championship was culminated Friday with five players named to the Class 2A All-State team selected by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association.
The Notre Dame dominance in 2015 was credited largely to the defense, which allowed just 52 points all season. That defense was rewarded with four of its members being named to the all-state team, including Hayden Bourgeois, who was named Defensive MVP.
Bourgeois a 5-foot-11, 190 pound senior, led the defense with 64 tackles and four interceptions. Bourgeois was also a special teams beast, returning three punts for touchdowns in 2015.
Joining Bourgeois on the team is Paul Guidry, a 6-3, 285-pound senior who had 69 tackles and five sacks and Trey Vautrot, a 6-1, 225-pound senior who had 9.5 sacks and 50 tackles (16.5 of those tackles were for loss).
Last and certainly not least from the defense is linebacker Shea Zaunbrecher, who was also named the Outstanding Player of the state championship game. Zaunbrecher had 64 tackles in 2015, including 12 tackles for loss. He also had nine sacks.
In Notre Dame’s 13-3 victory in the state championship game against Riverside Academy, Zaunbrecher recorded seven tackles, two sacks and a key interception that helped seal the Pioneers’ undefeated season.
And though not a lot was made of the Pios offense, one representative from the efficient group was named to the team in Jacob Vicknair.
Vicknair is the 5-10, 230-pound senior center for the Pios who led an offensive line that allowed quarterback Joe Faulk and running back Lance Bertrand to stay upright.