Notre Dame of Crowley and Kinder brought home the big prizes in Class 2A football.
The two teams also lead the way on the Louisiana Sports Writers Association’s Class 2A All-State team. But rest assured, Districts 6-2A and 7-2A claimed some spots on the team selected by a panel of sportswriters from across the state.
Episcopal running back T.J. Wisham, linebacker Malcolm Roach of Madison Prep and Northeast defensive lineman Leroy Roddy of 6-2A made the honor squad. And so did two St. Thomas Aquinas players, athlete Cameron Dantzler and defensive lineman Ed Alexander from 7-2A.
Notre Dame finished 15-0 and won the Division III select schools state title. The Pioneers landed five players on the team, led by Defensive MVP Hayden Bourgeois, a senior defensive back who had 64 tackles, 5.5 of those for losses and is the Defensive MVP on the LSWA squad.
Kinder quarterback Welles Cooley is the Offensive MVP. Cooley led Kinder to its second Class 2A nonselect title in three years. He entered the title game with 1,011 passing yards and 10 touchdowns and 1,115 rushing yards and 18 touchdowns. He also played defense, recording 41 tackles and three interceptions. Kinder placed four players on the 2A team.
Riverside Academy coach Bill Stubbs was voted the 2A Coach of the Year. Stubbs’ Rebels were the Division III runner-up to Notre Dame and finished 10-2, including 10 wins in a row.
Wisham led Baton Rouge’s running backs in Classes 2A-1A with 1,886 rushing yards and 23 touchdowns, including three 200-yard games.
Roddy, a returning all-state pick, had 99 tackles with 17 tackles for loss and 13 sacks. Roach, a Class 1A all-state choice as a sophomore and a junior, recorded 128 tackles with 14.5 sacks, 12 tackles for loss and 20 quarterback hurries.
Dantzler, a quarterback and kick returner, rushed for 1,901 yards and 26 touchdowns. He passed for 1,381 yards and 11 TDs. Dantzler also had two interceptions, returning one for a touchdown, while Alexander was a disruptive force who powered STA on defense.
Offensive lineman Jacob Vicknair, defensive linemen Paul Guidry and Trey Vautrot, along with linebacker Shea Zaunbrecher are the other Notre Dame players. Running back Taylor Johnson, defensive back Jared Rider and punt Raul Barrera are the other Kinder players on the team.