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FROM THE DESK OF COACH J.T. CURTIS

Looking Back

The regular season really flew past.  It seems like just days ago when we were sitting out the two-hour lightning delay before the kickoff of the Landry Walker game.

I thought the Archbishop Shaw game gave us an opportunity to play a number of players who had not seen varsity action this year.  This will be valuable experience for next season.

I’m pleased with progress this team has made over the season. We continue to show a great deal of improvement, both as a team and as individual players.  It has been a combination of leadership from our senior players, along with our underclassmen, that has carried us to the district championship.

It was a pleasure to see our 2016-17 seniors being recognized along with their parents at the Shaw game.  This group has represented our school in exemplary fashion both on and off the field, and we are proud of each of them.

Our outstanding fan support this season has definitely had an effect on our team’s success.  It looks like we may have lasting traditions in the Patriot Walk and the pregame tailgating parties; they have created a great atmosphere around the stadium.

Looking Ahead

Now we move on to the second season, the state playoffs.  Everyone starts with a 0-0 record and has the opportunity to make their run to the Dome.

The first round bye goes to the top three seeded teams.  I’m glad we were rewarded a bye; it gives us an opportunity to take a deep breath and to get focused on the playoffs.  With the extra practice time, we have emphasized getting back to fundamentals and making improvement as individual players and as a team.

A change in LHSAA rules rewards the highest seeded teams and eliminates the travel rule applied in past years.  Now the highest seeded team in each game will be the home team.

Patriot Alumni

Duke Riley continues to excel at LSU.  In case you didn’t see it, with the score 0-0 and Alabama on  the LSU five-yard line, Duke made tackles on the last three plays of a goal line stand.  Great job, Duke.

Hezekiah White, enjoying a great sophomore year at Nicholls, had an interception and a sack in the Colonels’ 35-10 over Lamar on regional TV last Thursday.

School News

Our school and Coliseum Place Baptist Church are again participating in the Franklin Graham Ministry Operation Christmas Child.  The motivation behind the program enables caring people to share God’s love to hurting children throughout the world.  We invite you to get involved.  Please contact Sue Curtis at 504-421-4218 or naccaricurtis@yahoo.com.