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Patriots News · Just My Opinion by Bill Curl 12-4-17


Just my opinion by Bill Curl 12-4-2017

This column reflects opinions of the writer; it does not necessarily represent opinions of John Curtis Christian School.  Bill Curl has been associated with John Curtis, primarily as a parent and fan, since the early 70’s.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, COACH

Happy Birthday, J.T., 71 years old on Wednesday.  What a perfect time to start another year.  A multitude of people know you as the famous football coach.  The more fortunate ones know you as a caring, sharing, devout gentleman who exemplifies all that is good and true about the word “family.”  Thank you for gracing our lives, and here’s to another great year.

RADIO OPPORTUNITY

The decision by Kenny Trahan to invite our broadcast crew to call the championship game on WGSO-990 AM radio is a great credit to our school and a compliment to the professionalism of our crew.  Kevin Fayard (play-by-play), Danny Wimprine (color analyst), Gordon Hebert (sideline reporter) and Robby Eutsler (engineer) have been bringing us the live stream of all of our games on this website for the past seven years.  Great job, guys!

AFTER OUR GAME SATURDAY

Your ticket for the Curtis game will enable you to stay for the following two championship contests, with some very good matchups: Edna Karr vs. Lakeshore for the Class 4A championship, followed by West Zachary vs. Hahnville in the Class 5A title game.  Plan to stay in the Dome in-between games: you cannot leave and reenter.

LHSAA PARTING GIFT

In case you were wondering, there is an extra week between the semifinals and the championship game for all of the “Select” teams this year.  If you count from the day after the last regular season game to the day before the championship game, we will have played two games in a 34-day span.  Make that three games for Catholic; as the #4 seed they defeated Shaw, 44-0, in the first round while we were sitting on a bye.  The debate goes on: is it better to be rested or is it better to maintain momentum?

HOME SWEET SHRINE

Our team and our fans have settled nicely into our new “home field,” the Shrine on Airline.  Since playing in the first-ever high school football game there (then named Zephyr Field) in 2015, Curtis has a 12-1 record at the Baby Cakes’ venue.  Friday night’s win over Scotlandville made it 6-0 in 2017.

LOOKING BACK AT THE WIN OVER SCOTLANDVILLE

One last look back at the semifinals:

 Our offense ran just 35 plays, matching the mark far the fewest of the season, and gained 430 yards for an amazing average of 12.3 yards per play.  The four touchdowns of 34, 71, 36 and 61 yards accounted for nearly half of our team rushing total of 414 yards. The previous low of 35 plays happened in the Shaw game, which was shortened by a running clock for the whole second half.

Needless to say, covering kickoffs was a point of emphasis in practice all week after Scotlandville speedster Kelvin Joseph ran one back 90 yards in the last minute in the quarterfinals to eliminate Brother Martin. Our coaches employed sky kicks on our first three kickoffs and deep kicks on the last two.  The result?  Scotlandville was confined to drive starts from its own 25, 22, 24, 27 and 25-yard lines.

SUPERB WEATHER

We can say it safely now….Wasn’t the weather awesome for all of our games this season?

SING ALONG

For this week’s musical selection, let’s go back to 1977 and the theme from “Rocky,” (emphasis

mine):

Trying hard now
It’s so hard now
Trying hard now….

Getting strong now
WON’T BE LONG NOW

Getting strong now….

Gonna fly now
Flying high now
Gonna fly, fly, fly…

 Go Patriots!

–Bill Curl