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Patriots News · Championship Preview: B.R. Catholic


BEWARE OF THE BEARS

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NOTE:  The John Curtis-Baton Rouge Catholic game will be carried live on WGSO 990-AM radio, featuring the Curtis broadcast team. The simulcast will be streamed live on www.Johncurtispatriots.com, and on www.crescentcitysports.com to a world-wide audience. Former Patriot athletes Kevin Fayard (play-by-play), Danny Wimprine (color analyst), Gordon Hebert (sideline reporter) and Robby Eutsler (engineer), now in their seventh year as a team, will be calling the action direct from the Superdome press box. The game will also be on WWL-870 radio.  The live telecast is on CST, Channel 37 in New Orleans.

By all means—get to the Dome! If you just can’t make it, you know the drill: turn the sound down on your TV and listen to Kevin, Danny and Gordon’s call.

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Here is a look at the Patriots’ opponent for the State Championship Game, Baton Rouge Catholic:

Catholic’s semifinal win over Evangel was no fluke.  As they have been doing all season long, The Bears did it with a tenacious defense and special teams.  A blocked punt put them up 7-6 early and a pick-six with under five minutes left iced the 14-6 win.  Evangel was on a nine-game winning streak; the Eagles averaged 56 points per game over a five-game stretch before skating past Rummel, 14-7, in the semifinals.  Then Catholic took out the defending champions in a game played in Shreveport.

Catholic has given up a TOTAL of two touchdowns over the last five games, holding those opponents to 15 points combined.  Check the scores:  They beat Dutchtown, 20-0; Broadmoor, 34-6; Shaw, 44-0; St. Augustine, 7-3; and Evangel 14-6.  Note they eliminated two Catholic League teams, Shaw and St. Aug, in the first two rounds of the playoffs.

Catholic entered the playoffs with a #4 seed. Their 14-3 record includes 8-2 in road games and 3-0 at neutral sites.  Catholic and Curtis have played three common opponents.  Both of them defeated Parkview Baptist, Shaw and St. Aug.

While Curtis has won 26 state championships, the Bears have been in the Dome more recently.  Catholic defeated Rummel in the 2015 Division I championship game. Curtis is making its first trip back since 2014 and a 14-7 loss to Jesuit; the Patriots’ last championship was in 2013, a 32-0 win over another Baton Rouge team, University High School.

Curtis, with the #2 seed, had a bye in the first round prior to a 35-21 win over #7 St. Paul’s.  In last week’s semifinal matchup, the Patriots defeated #3 Scotlandville, 29-8.