All that hard work and toughness paid off last week as Gautreau was joined by family, friends, teammates and coaches to officially sign his letters of intent to continue his football career at Louisiana College.

The 2017 football season was a special one for Ascension Catholic. Kevin “Bubba” Gautreau, Jr. was one of the reasons why.

During the year, Gautreau was a force on both offense and defense and provided much-needed senior leadership for the Bulldogs. And even when he broke his hand midway through the season, he still came back to lead them in the playoffs.

All that hard work and toughness paid off last week as Gautreau was joined by family, friends, teammates and coaches to officially sign his letters of intent to continue his football career at Louisiana College.

“What an honor it is to recognize an outstanding young man that has demonstrated the highest level of performance as an athlete day in and day out throughout his high-school career,” Principal John Beck said. “This signing was not by accident. He earned it. Louisiana College is extremely fortunate to have his talent and character.”

Head football coach Drey Trosclair had the opportunity to coach Gautreau for three years. He said that Gautreau was “one of my favorite players I’ve ever coached.”

“This is a really important day for Bubba, a day that he’s earned with all the hard work and dedication he’s put into our football program over the last four years,” Trosclair said. “He’s the definition of a team player. He’s a leader, a captan and a guy that’s getting his opportunity because of the work he’s put into it.”

Gautreau really came into his own during his junior season. That’s when he became the team’s starting middle linebacker.

In a year in which Ascension Catholic improved from 4-6 to 6-4 and reached the state quarterfinals, Gautreau was an all-district and All-Parish selection.

For his senior season, Gautreau’s responsibilities increased as he became the team’s starting quarterback on offense, in addition to being the quarterback of their defense.

He played well as the team’s signal caller, but during the latter half of the year, he broke his hand.

Gautreau was forced to sit out the rest of the regular season, but come playoff time, he was back playing middle linebacker—cast and all.

The Bulldogs headed into the postseason with an 8-2 record and steamrolled through the playoffs, winning the three games by a combined score of 119-28.

It pushed them through to the state title game for the first time in 25 years.

Unfortunately for the Bulldogs, many key starters sustained injuries before and during the championship matchup. It forced Trosclair to have to reshuffle his lineup on the fly.

In doing so, Gautreau—who was still recovering from the broken hand—took off his cast and went back to playing quarterback.

Though Ascension Catholic had to settle for Division-IV runner-up, it was a memorable season that saw many memorable performances from its players.

Gautreau was one of the players that performed so well throughout the year. He was named second-team All-District 6-1A as both a quarterback and linebacker.

“He’s not the most naturally-gifted human being in the world, but he makes up for that with his work ethic and his character,” Trosclair said. “He puts in great effort in the weight room, in studying film and paying attention to the details to become a really good football player. He has absolutely earned this day.”

Gautreau hasn’t just limited himself to football. During his time at Ascension Catholic, he was a four-sport athlete. In addition to football, he played baseball, basketball and he was also a member of the powerlifting team.

“He’s an all-around athlete and a representative of Ascension Catholic,” Beck said. “He is a role model for the values of our faith, and he demonstrates those values in his character and caring. This type of individual will be greatly missed. We are extremely proud of what he’s accomplished.”