Tyrone Legette’s 2 TDs, Curtis defense paves way in 27-18 victory over Landry-Walker
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John Curtis, like it usually does, started off the season in grand fashion.
And for the third straight season, it came at the expense of Landry-Walker.
The Curtis defense forced four turnovers and Tyrone Legette scored a pair of touchdowns to lead the Patriots to a 27-18 victory over the host Charging Buccaneers in a battle of ranked teams at Behrman Stadium.
“It feels great,” Legette said. “We have been working for this for a while.”
Curtis, ranked No. 1 in The New Orleans Super 10 Super 10, hasn’t lost a season opener since 2008.
The Patriots snapped No. 6 Landry-Walker’s 13-game winning streak dating back to last season when the Charging Bucs won the Class 5A state championship. It was Curtis’ third straight win over the Charging Bucs after winning 36-22 last season and 41-20 in 2015.
Curtis wasted little time getting started, scoring on its first possession. Collin Guggenheim connected with Tyrone Legette for an 11-yard touchdown pass to cap off the 67-yard drive.
The Patriots’ defense forced turnovers on Landry-Walker’s next two possessions, but came away empty both times. Curtis defensive lineman Drake Brantley sacked Landry-Walker starter Ja’Quan Dorsey to force a fumble and Nicholas Duncan recovered. On Landry-Walker’s next possession, Jay Curtis picked off a pass by Tory Cargo. But the Patriots offense was unable to take advantage.
The Charging Buccaneers scored in the second quarter when Devonta Jason, one of the top receivers in the state, made a one-handed Odell Beckham Jr.-like catch for a 15-yard touchdown from Tory Cargo.
Curtis needed just 16 seconds to respond.
Legette, the son of the former Saints cornerback with the same name, scored his second touchdown, showing off the speed he inherited from his dad on a 95-yard kickoff return that gave the Patriots a 14-6 halftime lead.
“It was great blocking by the return team,” Legette said. “I saw the hole and I just burst through it.
In addition to the speed in his his genes, he also credits some of it to his offseason training with another ex-Saints player: J.J. McCleskey.
The Patriots and Charing Bucs exchanged touchdowns in the third quarter.
Landry-Walker scored first, taking advantage of a Curtis miscue. After a bad snap on Curtis punt, Landry-Walker took over at the Curtis 12. The Charging Bucs needed just one play, a Cargo pass to Bobby Morgan that cut it to 14-12.
But Curtis once again answered.
First, Ernest Jones burst through the middle for a 34-yard run and then Guggenheim scored on a 4-yard keeper.
Cade Beloso , The New Orleans Advocate’s Player of the Year in baseball who has verbally committed to LSU, recorded two first half sacks for Curtis. He also forced a fumble early in the fourth quarter and also had a fumble recovery.
“We just used technique and tried to contain their speed and not let them bounce outside as much,” said Beloso. “We just tried to be as physical as we can and we knew after a while they were going to get tired. We use that to our advantage.”
Landry-Walker was playing for the first time without Keytaon Thompson, a freshman at Mississippi State who was last year’s Mr. Football.
“I know it’s going to have its bumps in the road on this journey,” said Jason. whose touchdown was the game’s biggest highlight. “I just have to get with the quarterbacks and we get better day by day.”
The Charging Bucs did most of their damage on the ground Thursday. Chad Alexander rushed for 177 yards and a touchdown.
Landry-Walker will play rival Edna Karr on Friday in a battle of reigning state champions.
Curtis will travel to Shreveport on Sept. 9 to play Grayson (Georgia).
“It felt aweome,” Belosa said. “Nothing beats Friday night lights. Or Thursday or whatever today is.”
Curtis 27, Landry-Walker 18: Tyrone Legette’s two touchdowns key Patriots’ win
Curtis 27, Landry-Walker 18
at Behrman Stadium in Algiers, Thursday (Aug. 31), Non-District Game
CURTIS, 1-0 – LANDRY-WALKER, 0-1
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Curtis – 7 | 7 | 7 | 6
Landry-Walker – 0 | 6 | 6 | 6
PLAYER OF THE GAME
Tyrone Legette, Curtis, WR
The senior wide receiver showcased his skills in various forms as he scored two first-half touchdowns to give the Patriots the lead. Legette exhibited his strong hands, corralling a 6-yard touchdown pass on Curtis’ first drive on a third-and-goal. He subsequently took the momentum away from Landry-Walker prior to halftime as he ran away from defenders untouched on a 95-yard kick return for a score. This score came after the Charging Buccaneers had made it 7-6 with 3:18 remaining in the first half.
HOW IT WAS WON
It took Curtis some time to break away, but buoyed by four Landry-Walker turnovers the Patriots took advantage in the second half and outlasted last year’s Class 5A defending champion on the road.
The critical sequence took place late in the third quarter as tailback Ernest Jones took a dive play 34 yards on fourth-and-3 to give the Patriots a 21-12 lead with 2:38 remaining. Curtis caused a turnover on the Charging Bucs’ next possession, and quarterback Collin Guggenheim extended the lead with a 4-yard touchdown run that put the game out of reach.
Curtis converted a fourth-and-16 on its first drive and later a third-and-goal as Guggenheim slipped pressure and found Legette for a 6-yard touchdown and 7-0 advantage.
Landry-Walker charged back as 6-foot-3 senior wideout, Devonta Jason, made an exceptional one-handed touchdown catch on third-and-4 from the 15. Jason was draped by a defender before securing the catch and giving an emotional plea to the packed home crowd. However, the momentum didn’t last long, as Legette brought the subsequent kickoff back 95 yards for a touchdown.
- Landry-Walker had four fumbled snaps and four turnovers.
- Landry-Walker rotated quarterbacks throughout the game looking for consistency in the search for a player to replace last year’s Gatorade Player of the Year Keytaon Thompson.
- Senior rusher Marquese Albertwas unavailable to play for the Patriots in the win.
- Landry-Walker tailback Chad Alexanderfinished with 26 touches for 208 yards total offense and one score.
HE SAID IT
Curtis WR/KR Tyrone Legette: “It was great blocking by my kick return team … I saw the hole and I just burst through it. It felt great because I’ve been working for this since the summer. It’s just a blessing.”