Scotlandville and John Curtis will lock horns Friday in a semifinal of the LHSAA Select Division I playoffs, with a ticket to the Superdome and the state championship game awaiting the winner. Friday’s kickoff will be at 7 p.m.at the Shrine on Airline.
The game features two of the State’s most potent offenses, although with contrasting styles. Scotlandville has averaged 38 points per game while rolling to a 9-1 record, scoring five or more touchdowns in eight of their nine victories. The #3 seeded Hornets sport a potent aerial attack, having passed for four touchdowns in eliminating Brother Martin, 35-33, last Friday.
They are coming in on the crest of a spectacular win over the Crusaders. Brother Martin seemed to lock it up with a go-head touchdown in the game’s final minute. But Scotlandville came right back to win it on a 90-yard kickoff return by Kelvin Joseph to keep their title hopes alive.
Joseph also caught touchdown passes of 53 and 51 yards from quarterback Cameron Armstead. The Hornets piled up 401 yards, 277 of that on 16-of-25 passing. Armstead launched touchdown passes of 76 yards to Trenton Charles and 34 yards to Jarian Green.
Scotlandville is looking for a return trip to the Dome, where they fell to Evangel in last year’s championship. The Hornets were a power in Nonselect Class 5A prior to 2016.
Curtis, seeking its 27th state championship, is trying to get back to the Dome for the first time since 2014. The Patriots are 9-1 this season after wrapping up back-to-back Catholic League championships.
Coming in with the #2 seed, Curtis is currently on an eight-game winning streak.
The Patriots have done most of their work on the ground. They totaled 372 yards rushing on a 7.5 average yards per carry in defeating St. Paul’s, 35-21, last week.
The Curtis offense features running backs Darryan Washington and Malik Wells, with QB Collin Guggenheim also a threat to run. Washington scored three touchdowns in last week’s victory.
Curtis is averaging 36 points per game and has scored five or more touchdowns in its last six outings.
Tickets are available at the John Curtis High School office, 10125 Jefferson Hwy. Live video of the game will be streamed online via the Cube at www.johncurtispatriots.com.