CROWLEY — Prior to arriving at Notre Dame for his freshman season, Kipp Credeur didn’t know what to expect, nor did he have any idea what the next four years would bring him athletically.
But what he did know was that he wanted to enjoy a great deal of success with the Pioneers teamwise, while working as hard as he possibly could in hopes of one day securing a spot on the field as the starting linebacker at Notre Dame.
Team success was achieved almost instantly as the Pioneers won the state championship his freshman year before being eliminated from the playoffs in the semifinals a year later and in the second round last year by Parkview Baptist.
Although it took a bit longer than he would have liked, Credeur secured the starting linebacker position with the Pioneers and now hopes to play an instrumental part in leading Notre Dame not only back to the Dome but to a state title.
“I’ve had a nice run in my high school career,” Credeur said. “My freshman year we won a state championship, lost in the semis a year later and lost in the second round last year. This year my goal is for us to get back to the dome and play Parkview Baptist. Playing against them after losing to them the last two years would definitely be a dream come true for me.”
Credeur, who will lead the Pioneers into their Class 3A quarterfinal contest at 7 p.m. on Friday against district foe Iowa, is ecstatic about everything he’s been able to accomplish thus far in his high school career.
“I never had any expectations besides doing whatever I could to help the team,” Credeur said. “I’m surprised by the success I’ve had. Being able to start at linebacker for Notre Dame is a dream come true.”
Cook has witnessed firsthand how hard Credeur’s worked for the success he’s enjoyed. When he’s not on the field the Pioneers’ defense isn’t the same.
“Kipp is our leading tackler right now and he’s missed two games this year,” Cook said. “He’s really active around the football and he is very aggressive. He has good instincts and he does a great job of flying around the ball. He’s a pretty complete player and our defense isn’t the same when he’s not out there.”
Cook stated Credeur has a great feel for the game.
“Kipp brings a lot of energy and aggression to our defense,” Cook said. “He’s a good run stopper and he does a great job of attacking the line of scrimmage. Kipp is really good in space, he has great quickness and he gets his hands on a lot of balls. There is no doubt he has a great impact on our defense.”
Although he’s been enjoying success for the past four years, Credeur knows the end is near.
“I play with an attitude,” Credeur said. “I love hitting people, but now that we’re in the playoffs I know that the most games that I have left to be able to hit people is three. I try not to think about it, because it’s disappointing.”