|LSWA STATEWIDE POLL
Advocate reporter Rod Walker’s picks:
John Curtis, Riverside start season No. 1 in The New Orleans Advocate’s Super 10 rankings
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Last season’s record in parentheses
- John Curtis (10-1)The buzz: Three straight years without a state title is a drought by Curtis standards.Season opener: Thursday vs. Landry-Walker (Behrman)
- McDonogh 35 (12-2)The buzz: Roneagles may have enough talent to get Wayne Reese that elusive state title.Season opener: Sunday vs. St, Augustine, 5 p.m. (Gormley)
- Rummel (7-4)The buzz: Transfer QB Chandler Fields and WR Ja’Marr Chase could give opponents fits.Season opener: Saturday vs. Gulfport (Miss.) (Yenni)
- John Ehret (10-3)The buzz: Del-Lee Collins takes over talented Patriots after Corey Lambert was dismissed earlier this month.Season opener: Friday at West Monroe
- Edna Karr (14-0)The buzz: Cougars, riding area-best 14-game winning streak, lost a lot, but cupboard is never bare.Season opener: Friday at St. Paul’s
- Landry-Walker (13-2)The buzz: 5A champs try to continue 13-game winning streak but will do so without QB Keytaon Thompson.Season opener: Thursday vs. Curtis (Behrman)
- Destrehan (12-1)The buzz: Wildcats have ruled District 7-5A and look to be a force again.Season opener: Friday vs. Slidell
- Warren Easton (9-5)The buzz: Eagles were one of the state’s biggest surprises last year in Jerry Phillips’ first season.Season opener: Thursday vs. Jesuit (Gormley)
- Hahnville (9-3)The buzz: Anthony “Pooka” Williams is one of the state’s most exciting players and makes the Tigers go.Season opener: Friday vs. West Jefferson
- St. Paul’s (10-2)The buzz: Wolves lost both games by seven points last year to eventual state champs Karr and Evangel.Season opener: Friday vs. Edna Karr
Jim Derry’s forecast in www.nola.com
Catholic League prep football forecast: Can Rummel show John Curtis it’s not that easy?
Will the Rummel Raiders be able to catch sophomore quarterback Collin Guggenheim and the No. 1 John Curtis Patriots this season?
Catholic League predictions
- John Curtis
- St. Augustine
- Holy Cross
- Brother Martin
JOHN CURTIS PATRIOTS
Coach: JT Curtis (49th season, 558-62-6)
Last year: 10-1 overall, 6-0 district (first place), top seed in Division I playoffs; defeated eighth-seeded Rummel, 34-20, in the quarterfinals; lost to fifth-seeded and eventual state champion Evangel, 27-6, in the semifinals.
Top returning players: TE Glenn Beal, Sr.; RB Marquese Albert, Sr. (No. 5 in red, pictured); Darryan Washington, Sr.; RB Malik Wells, Sr.; DB Brandon Davis, Sr.; DL Jay Curtis, Sr.; DB Cade Comeaux, Sr.; WR Tyrone Legette, Sr.; QB Collin Guggenheim, Soph.; OL Cade Blalock, Sr.; OL Rory Thompson, Sr.; OL Gideon Daniels, Sr.
Top newcomers: WR/TE Levon Williams, Jr.; OL Daniel Guillie, Sr.; OL Rudolph Bolds, Soph.; DL Drake Brantley, Soph.; DL Angelo Anderson, Soph.; DL Joe Kreger, Soph.; LB Cade Belloso, Sr.; LB Jordin LaBruzza, Sr.
Toughest games: at Landry-Walker (Sept. 1), vs. Grayson (Ga.) (Sept. 9 in Shreveport), vs. Warren Easton (Sept. 29 at The Shrine), vs. Rummel (Oct. 27 at The Shrine).
Outlook: What else is there to say about the perennial juggernaut than the fact they are ranked as high as 12th in one national publication and in the top 50 in a few others. In other words, John Curtis should look a lot like John Curtis this season.
Although you won’t get any smack talk from JT Curtis, it’s tough to buy his statement of “I don’t see anyone coming in this league and walking through,” because other than Rummel, it should be a cake walk to the finish line for the Patriots.
With multiple future players on the roster who will be playing on university campuses on Saturdays next fall, Curtis have a plethora of returning starters from a team that went undefeated in Catholic League play and to the Division I semifinals. That includes the likes of Albert and Washington, a big 1-2 punch in the offensive backfield, but Wells, who was supposed to be the No. 1 back, returns after an injury-filled season.
Guggenheim split time in his freshman season at quarterback, but this year he gets the reins all to himself. When he is not handing off to one of the three mentioned above, he’ll be passing to Legette and Beal, an LSU commit.
All that, and the Patriots feature one of the top defensive backs in the state in Davis. If there is any crack in the foundation, it would be up front on defense, as Jay Curtis is the only returner.
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