Gauthreaux, Leger, Torres lead elite team
Thu. December 29, 2011 at 11:22 a.m. | By Teddy Renois/Staff Writer
Assumption's Hunter Gauthreaux (left) and South Terrebonne's Devin Leger led The Courier/Daily Comet All-Region football team. (Photo by File photos)
Assumption's 2011 football season was a decade in the making.
Prior to the 2011 season, the Mustangs hadn‘t won a district championship or a playoff game since the 2000 season.
The Mustangs finished the regular season with a 9-1 record and the District 8-4A championship.
Assumption went on to defeated St. Martinville in a Class 4A bi-district playoff game before bowing out in the regional round to Alexandria. The basis for Assumption's success was an offense that racked up 4,473 yards and 413 points in 12 games.
The catalyst of the Mustangs' offense was quarterback Hunter Gauthreaux. He was a consistent triggerman and ran the offense at a tempo few opposing defenses could match.
By helping Assumption win a district title and a playoff game, Gauthreaux was named as the Offensive Most Valuable Player on the Courier/Daily Comet's All-Region football team.
Gauthreaux isn't the only Mustang to reap rewards for the successful season. Assumption coach Don Torres was named as the All-Region Coach of the Year.
Torres said that the team's success stems from the work of the assistant coaches and the determination from his 26 seniors.
"For me, I'm just honored to be associated with (the coaches and players). They are the reason we were successful," Torres said. "The team came together as a group. They played for each other and they knew what they were capable of accomplishing. Hopefully, we can build on this and continue to work hard in the offseason. We had 26 seniors leaving us and we hope to find 26 people to take their place."
One of those seniors was Gauthreaux, who was the District 8-4A Offensive MVP. He completed 124-of-219 attempts for 2,042 yards and 24 touchdowns.
Gauthreaux's biggest attribute was his decision making as he only surrendered six interceptions during the season.
"First of all, this is an honor. I know there are a bunch of great offenses and players around here, so it is an honor to be the MVP," Gauthreaux said. "Our season, we had pretty good success. That last two years, we turned the program around and made the playoffs. To be a starter as a freshman and go 0-9 to 10-2 this year was a great accomplishment. We felt great about that, we really had a great senior class. We felt like we left our mark.
"It was a special year. I hope we left something for future teams to build on it. Hopefully, the program can stay at that top."
While the Mustangs' success surrounded its offense, it could be said that South Terrebonne's success spewed from its defense, in particular the linebackers, and leading that group was senior Devin Leger.
Leger, who was the District 8-4A Defensive MVP, helped the Gators to a 9-3 overall record and a bi-district playoff win over defending 4A state champs Franklinton. The Gators lost to Edna Karr in a regional playoff game.
Leger finished his season with 108 total tackles, 77 solos, 10 tackles for loss, four sacks, two forced fumbles, four pass defended, three blocked kicks and an interception.
Leger's stellar play didn't go unnoticed as he was named the All-Region Defensive Player of the Year.
South Terrebonne coach Richard Curlin said Leger's motor was always running and that is what made him standout.
"Devin is just a hard working guy and he has an engine that is always running. He is one of those kids that you have to tell to no work out sometimes," Curlin said. "We were expecting to have good play from our linebackers, but I think our front seven surprised us a bit. (Our linebackers) were the leaders on defense and offense. When we needed short-yardage, they came in and got it done. Devin was one of them, and we are going to miss him a lot."
Leger said experience was a key for the Gators.
"We had almost the whole team back and our young guys stepped up. We won a playoff game and it had been a few years. We just didn't want to go one-and-out," Leger said. "It is an honor to be picked as the MVP. I don't know if we did anything special other than playing together. It takes a team effort to do what we did. It hurt (to lose in the playoffs) but we had a good season."
Making up the first-team running backs are South Terrebonne's Jacquis Flores, Assumption's Chris Johnson and St. James' LaRohn Cambre.
Flores was a threat rushing, receiving or returning for South Terrebonne, as he rushed for 1,221 yards on 139 carries and 14 touchdowns.
Johnson provided balanced to the Mustangs' offense, rushing for 1,223 yard on 178 carries and 12 touchdowns.
Cambre was a bright spot in the Wildcats' 0-10 season gaining 484 yards on 63 carries and three touchdowns.
The first-team wide receivers are Assumption's Dejuawn Oliver and Ellender's Houston Chatman.
Oliver was Gauthreaux's main target snagging 30 receptions for 734 yards and nine touchdowns.
Chatman shined brightly during an 0-10 season for Ellender catching 27 passes for 493 yards and seven touchdown.
South Terrebonne's James Leblanc is the first-team tight end after catching eight passes for 201 yards and four touchdowns.
The first team athlete is South Lafourche quarterback/running back/wide receiver/defensive back Seth Griffin.
Griffin, who was the District 7-5A Offensive MVP, completed 81-of-163 attempts for 1,200 yards and 10 touchdowns while rushing for 750 yards on 147 carries. He also had 75 tackles and two interceptions.
The first-team offensive line was made up of South Terrebonne's Adam Zeipke, South Lafourche's Gary Bruce Jr., E.D. White Catholic's Jordan Knight and Assumption's Hunter Alleman and Jimmy Leblanc.
E.D. White's Rene Thibodaux is the first-team place-kicker after making 21-of-24 extra-points and 7-of-13 field goals with a long of 47 yards.
The first-team defense line is made up of Central Lafourche's Jared Breaux, Assumption's Jerome Green, South Terrebonne's Dru Lebouef and E.D. White's Alex Becnel.
Even though the Trojans finished 1-9, Breaux had an excellent season with 115 total tackles.
While the focus was on Assumption's offense this season, the Mustangs' defense was good thanks to Green. In four district games, Green finished with 15 total tackles and 5 1/2 tackles for loss.
Lebouef was another key cog in the Gators' defense coming up with 82 total tackles with 13 tackles for loss, six sacks, 18 quarterback hurries, three forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries.
Morvant was the linchpin for E.D. White's defense with 41 total tackle, two fumble recoveries and nine sacks.
The other first-team linebackers are Assumption's Chase Campo, Vandebilt Catholic's Seth Ward and E.D. White's Stephen Lebouef.
Campo had 37 total tackles, two tackles for loss and two interceptions in four district games.
After missing four games, Ward anchored the Terriers' defense with 75 tackles, three forced fumbles and an interception.
Lebouef was a solid linebacker for the Cardinals with 54 tackles, two fumble recoveries and a sack to go with 26 receptions and three touchdowns while also playing tight end.
The first-team secondary is made up of Vandebilt's Beau Smith, Houma Christian's Nate Frye, South Lafourche's Norry John Galjour and Assumption's Matt Theriot.
In four district games, Smith finished with nine total tackles and an interception.
Frye was both a threat on offense and defense for the Warriors. Frye passed for 633 yards and rushed for 334 yards, while coming up with two interceptions for Houma Christian.
Galjour was another versatile athlete for the Tarpons playing running back, wide receiver as well as defensive back. Galjour finished with 18 tackles, 10 pass breakups, two fumble recoveries, a caused fumble and five interceptions.
Theriot finished with 18 tackles, two interceptions and a touchdown in four District 8-4A games.
The first-team return specialist is Terrebonne's Robert Gordon who averaged 16.7 on four punt returns, but accounted for nine touchdowns for Terrebonne's offense.
The first-team punter is H.L. Bourgeois' Beau Moore who averaged 40.1 yards per punt with a long of 58.
The second-team offense consists of South Terrebonne quarterback Trevon Smith, Thibodaux running back Donta Johnson, Vandebilt running back Tristan Guillory, E.D. White running back Colby Quatrevingt, E.D. White wide receiver Colby Masse, South Terrebonne wide receiver Dalvin Richardson, South Lafourche tight end Hunter Alario, Central Lafourche offensive lineman Lee Blanchard, South Terrebonne offensive linemen Chandler Arceneaux and Jason Helms, Assumption offensive lineman Mason Mars, Vandebilt offensive lineman Dylan Lapreyrouse, Vandebilt place-kicker Patrick Watson and Assumption athlete Chris Skidmore.
The second-team defense consists of Vandebilt defensive lineman Chase Hawthorne, Terrebonne defensive lineman Williams Moses, Ellender defensive lineman Justin James, South Lafourche defensive lineman Maxx Smith, Terrebonne linebacker Cody Peeler, Ellender linebacker Wilshawn Jones, Houma Christian linebacker Jonathan Trosclair, South Terrebonne's Zack Lebouef, Assumption defensive back Ross Mabile, St. James defensive back Shaquille Narcisse, South Terrebonne's Lee Little, E.D. White's Matt Daigle, South Lafourche return specialist Bruce Lee and South Terrebonne punter Matt Benoit.
The All-Region team is based on the LHSAA all-district teams.