Just My Opinion 12-11-17
By Bill Curl
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.
On behalf of the many fans, families and friends of the Patriot Nation, THANK YOU, SENIORS, FOR AN EXCITING, REWARDING AND MEMORABLE FOUR YEARS. You have made an indelible mark on the great history of John Curtis Christian School.. You have represented this school in exemplary fashion both on and off the field.
SALUTING THE 2017 JOHN CURTIS FOOTBALL SENIORS
You sustained the high standard of excellence established by former Patriot teams, and you sustained our recognition as one of the top programs in the country. The name John Curtis resonates throughout high school football, and you have been a vital part of that.
To list a few of your accomplishments:
At the top of the chart is the school’s first three years in the Catholic League. You won back-to back championships, both with perfect 6-0 records. You won your last 11 straight in the league and you had a winning record against every Catholic League opponent over the three years. Other career highlights include:
- A record of 40 wins, 8 losses for an average of 10 wins per year (every group of Curtis seniors since 1976 has won at least 40 wins in their career).
- Playing in the first-ever high school football game at Zephyr Field.
- Winning three straight games in Shreveport’s Battle on the Border.
- Winning much hyped-up games against local powers Karr, Landry-Walker and Warren Easton
- Returning to the Superdome Classic.
Here is a look back at some of the special memories:
- Jumping on Rummel with five fast touchdowns on the way to a 42-34 win that put us alone in first place in the Catholic League.
- Opening the season by going into Behrman Stadium and getting a 27-18 win over Landry-Walker, the defending Class 4A champs.
- Converting a fourth-and-one late to clinch a 27-21 win over highly-ranked Warren Easton..
- Using late back-to-back sacks to save a third win in a row over previously-undefeated St. Augustine, 31-22.
- Blasting Parkview Baptist, 66-28, in Baton Rouge and Jesuit, 56-28, at the Shrine on Airline.
- Shutting down Brother Martin, 34-0, to open defense of our Catholic League championship.
- Playing all seven home games (5 regular season, 2 playoff games) at the Shrine on Airline (formerly Zephyr Field) and winning them all.
- Enjoying the unique Curtis traditions of championship game week.
- Making history by beating Brother Martin, 26-9, in the first-ever high school football game played at Zephyr Field.
- Whipping West Monroe, 27-13, in the Battle on the Border in Shreveport.
- Beating archrival Rummel twice, in the regular season (31-17) and the playoffs (34-20).
- Winning Catholic League back-to-back thrillers over Jesuit (14-7) and St. Augustine (28-26).
- Opening the season with a 35-22 win over Landry Walker.
- Going 4-2 in our first year in the Catholic League.
- Winning the first-ever game with Jesuit, 24-16.
- Winning 21-14 over St. Augustine before huge crowd.
- Going to Baton Rouge too play Parkview Baptist for first time and winning, 41-14.
- Playing Landry Walker for the first time since the merger of O. P. Walker and L. B. Landry and winning, 40-20.
- Upsetting no.2 ranked team in Texas, Lufkin, in Shreveport, 32-25.
- Opening the playoffs with a 13-7 win over Evangel.
- Beating Karr, 34-22.
- Beating Brother Martin, 40-20, in a semifinal game.
Marquese Albert, expecting to have an outstanding senior year at running back, had his season curtailed by an injury. But this remarkable young man played a role in the success of the season as a true leader, supporting and helping his team.
He asked Coach Curtis if he could address the team in the locker room after the championship game. He stood in the middle of an emotionally-charged room, wearing the uniform he so deeply wanted to wear all season. His comments speak for themselves:
“I’m proud of y’all. I know you didn’t get what we all wanted, but I’m proud of y’all. You give me motivation . Y’all give me the spirit I need to move on with my life. I thank y’all for this; I thank you from the bottom of my heart. Don’t cry. Hold your head up. Y’all gave me that drive. I gave y’all that drive. We’re good. I love y’all.”