John Curtis ran away from Scotlandville, 29-8, Friday night, paving its way to the LHSAA Select Division I State Championship Saturday, Dec. 9 at 12 noon in the Superdome.
Curtis did most of the damage with a 21-point third quarter to extend an 8-0 halftime advantage. The semifinal game took place at the Shrine on Airline.
The Patriots chalked up their 11th victory of the season against a single loss. Coach J. T. Curtis’s team has now won 10 in a row. They will be seeking the school’s 27th state title. The Patriots will play #4 seed Baton Rouge Catholic, a 14-6 Friday night winner over #1 Evangel, for all of the marbles in the Superdome.
#2 seeded Curtis vanquished #3 Scotlandville with a quick-strike offense and a stubborn defense. The two teams came into the game flashing high-powered offenses; but Curtis made the big plays, scoring on runs of 34, 70, 36 and 61 yards. None of the four TD drives took more than three plays:
FIRST QUARTER, TD: WASHINGTON 34-YARD RUN. DRIVE: 43 YARDS IN 3 PLAYS. On third down and one, Darryan Washington took off around the right side, broke a tackle just past the line of scrimmage, and zipped down the sideline for the score. Curtis executed the “muddle huddle” when the deftly flipped the ball to Guggenheim who pushed straight ahead to add the two extra points. SCORE: CURTIS 8, SCOTLANDVILLE 0.
THIRD QUARTER, TD: MALIK WELLS 70-YARD RUN. DRIVE: 73 YARDS IN 2 PLAYS. Curtis received the second half kickoff and needed less than a minute to add some breathing room to its 8-0 lead with another quick strike. Wells blew past a trio of tacklers at the line of scrimmage He cut back into the middle and hit the accelerator, motoring all the way to pay dirt. SCORE: CURTIS 15, SCOTLANDVILLE 0.
THIRD QUARTER, TD: COLLIN GUGGENHEIM 36-YARD RUN. DRIVE: 48 YARDS IN 3 PLAYS. On its next possession, Curtis rapidly made use of favorable field position after the defense held the Yellow Jackets in check deep inside their own 20. Guggenheim went right to work , bookending the three-play drive by starting with a 10-yard run and finishing with his 36-yard TD. He turned an apparent broken play, snatching a bobbled snap out of midair, spotting a sliver of daylightbehindblockerrs and splitting the defense for the impromptu touchdown. SCORE: CURTIS 22, SCOTLANDVILLE 0.
THIRD QUARTER: COREY WREN 61-YARD RUN. DRIVE: 95 YARDS IN 3 PLAYS. The next time the Patriots had the ball, the road was much longer, but it took no longer. A goal line stand by the defense turned the ball over to the offense at the Curtis five. Ernest Jones ran for 28 and six yards to move it out to the 39. Wren made the most of his only touch of the game, taking a perfectly timed pitch from Guggenheim and turning the corner on the left side. The race down the sideline was no contest. SCORE: CURTIS 29, SCOTLANDVILLE 0.
Scotlandville, bowing out at 9-2, came into the contest averaging 38 points per game. The Yellow Jackets showed some of the expected big play capabilities, but the unflappable Patriot defense kept their big weapons bottled up and their team off the scoreboard until the last 3:07.
The Patriot defense forced a three-and-out to set up the game’s first score. Later, they stoned a drive to the Curtis 10 on fourth-and-one when Angelo Anderson greeted the ball carrier at the line of scrimmage with a big hug. Brandon Davis’s seventh interception of the season thwarted a short Scotlandville Drive near midfield A sack by Colby Orgeron contributed to the first half shutout.
Orgeron did it again, this time for a 10-yard loss, forcing a punt on the Yellow Jackets’ first possession of the third quarter. Scotlandville followed with a drive from its own 26, but the Patriots stopped them on five plays from inside the 10-yard line; a precursor to the 95-yard Curtis drive.