Game #1: LANDRY-WALKER, Fri., Sept. 4, 7 pm, Behrman Stadium
In what stacks up to be a challenging season opener, Curtis will head to the West Bank to play a “new” opponent in Landry-Walker.
This will be the first game for Curtis since the merger of the two West Bank schools—L. B. Landry and O. Perry Walker– in 2014. Each school enjoyed a spirited rivalry against the Patriots.
Curtis held the upper hand against both: 6-0 vs. Landry (1991-1996) and 12-1 vs. Walker (1991-2002). The only loss was to Walker, in 2001. The Chargers shocked the Patriots with a 20-0 win, breaking Curtis streaks of 136 district victories and 303 games without being shut out.
The following season, Curtis won a 28-25 cliffhanger over Walker in the regular season and, that same year, Curtis prevailed 16-14 in a memorable State Championship game in the Superdome. That was the last game between the two prior to this year.
The Charging Buccaneers were ranked #7 in NOLA.com/the Times-Picayune’s 2015 preseason rankings (Curtis was ranked #5).
Landry-Walker is making the jump up to Class 5-A this season and looks ready for the new level of competition. They made a run to the Class 4-A quarterfinals last year, and will field a strong mixture of veterans and depth this fall.
Coach Emanuel Powell’s talent-laden team is attracting major college scouts on all class levels, from sophomores to seniors. A whopping total of 13 Landry-Walker players signed college scholarships last year. With several key offensive players returning, the Charging Buccaneers are expected to continue their reputation for lighting up the scoreboard.
Will this one be a shootout?