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Multiple Teams · Duke Riley in Senior Bowl


Curtis alum Duke Riley has been turning heads at practice for the Senior Bowl game this weekend.  Riley was a key player on the Patriots’ national championship team in 2012 and had a stellar career at LSU.  You can watch the game on the NFL Network Saturday at 1:30 p.m.  Duke will play for the South team and wear number 0.

Here’s the bio of Duke from the LSU sports information department:

 

Duke Riley Bio
Courtesy: LSUsports.net (@LSUsports)
Release: 01/23/2017
2016 LSU Football MVP
2016 LSU Football Permanent Team Captain

CAREER
Emerged as a defensive standout for the Tigers as a senior in 2016 after playing a significant role on special teams during his first three years with the program … Played in 50 games with 13 starts during his career … Accumulated 144 tackles, 10.0 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks … Added three quarterback hurries, one interception and recovered two fumbles … So respected by his teammates, was voted as LSU’s most valuable player and was cited as one of three permanent defensive team captains for the Tigers in 2016 … Participant in the 2017 Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama.

SENIOR SEASON (2016)
Took over as a starter at outside linebacker for the Tigers and quickly became one of the leaders on the LSU defense … Started all 12 games for the Tigers and finished with 93 tackles, 9.0 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks … Led the Tigers in total tackles (93) and ranked second on team in solo tackles (40) … Ranked No. 6 in the SEC in tackles per game with 7.8 … Teamed with Kendell Beckwith to form only duo from same school to finish in Top 10 in the SEC in tackles … Key member of LSU defense that allowed an FBS best 16 touchdowns all season, just 1.33 a contest … LSU also ranked No.2 in the SEC in scoring defense (15.8 points per game), rushing defense (117.2 yards per game) and total defense (293.0 yards per game) and No. 3 in the league in pass defense (197.2 yards per game) … Posted double-figure tackles in three games, including a career-best 15 in win over Ole Miss … Added an interception against Ole Miss, the only one of his career … Had 13 tackles against Auburn and 11 against Southern Miss … Registered nine tackles top-ranked Alabama as the Tigers held the Crimson Tide scoreless for three quarters … Led LSU with eight tackles and recovered a fumble in the 29-9 win over Louisville in the Citrus Bowl … Keyed an LSU defense against Louisville that limited the nation’s highest-scoring offense and the Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Lamar Jackson without a touchdown for the first time all season and to a season-low for points (9) … Led Tigers with eight tackles against Florida … Had a sack for a 9-yard loss in win over Arkansas … Recorded at least one tackle for loss in seven of LSU’s 12 games, including 2.0 vs. Alabama and 1.5 vs. Ole Miss.

JUNIOR SEASON (2015)
Played in all 12 games, seeing time as a reserve linebacker and also on special teams units … One of the team’s leading tacklers on special teams coverage … Finished the year with 24 tackles and half a tackle for a loss … Recorded seven tackles and half a tackle for a loss versus Eastern Michigan … Posted five tackles in the win over Auburn.

SOPHOMORE SEASON (2014)
Saw action in all 13 games with one start … Earned his first career start versus Louisiana-Monroe at the SAM linebacker spot … Racked up a career-high eight tackles in place of Lamar Louis against Louisiana-Monroe … Posted two tackles versus No. 14 Wisconsin, Mississippi State, Kentucky and Alabama … Recovered a fumble at Texas A&M on kickoff coverage in the second quarter that led to an LSU field goal and a 17-7 Tiger lead … Also a valuable member on LSU’s special teams units … Tied for the team lead with nine tackles on special teams.

FRESHMAN SEASON (2013)
Registered 13 appearances at linebacker and on LSU’s special team units … Posted a half tackle for a loss of eight yards when Auburn’s punter dropped the ball and tried to get off the punt … Collected a season’s best two tackles versus Arkansas.

HIGH SCHOOL
Honored as the 2012 Most Outstanding Defensive Player in Class 2A by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association … Also named to the 2012 Class 2A All-State Team by LSWA … Recorded 124 tackles in his senior season … Led John Curtis to the Class 2A State Championship in his junior and senior seasons … Racked up 10 total tackles and scored a touchdown on a 80-yard fumble recovery in the 2012 Class-2A State Championship Game … Earned MVP honors as a sophomore in the 2010 Class-2A Title Game where he recorded 21 tackles … A four-star recruit according to ESPN.com … Given three stars by Rivals.com, 247sports.com and Scout.com … Listed as the No. 17 prospect in Louisiana by ESPN.com … Ranked as the No. 23 prospect in Louisiana by 247sports.com … Rated as the No. 26 linebacker in the nation by ESPN.com … Coached by J.T. Curtis.

PERSONAL
Born Aug. 9, 1994 … Parents are Kesha Riley and Duke Bergham … Majoring in sport administration.

CAREER HIGHS
Total tackles: 14 vs. Ole Miss, 2016
Tackles for loss: 2.0 vs. Alabama, 2016
Sacks: 1.0 at Arkansas, 2016
Interceptions: 1 vs. Ole Miss, 2016

RILEY’S CAREER DEFENSIVE STATS

YEAR G-GS UT AT TT TFL SACKS PBU QBH INT FF FR
2013 13-0 1 6 7 0.5-8 0-0 0 0 0-0 0 0-0
2014 13-1 6 14 20 0-0 0-0 0 0 0-0 0 1-0
2015 12-0 12 12 24 0.5-1 0-0 0 0 0-0 0 0-0
2016 12-12 40 53 93 9.0-29 1.5-14 1 3 1-3 0 1-0
Totals 50-13 59 85 144 10.0-38 1.5-14 1 3 1-3 0 2-0

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Patriots News · All Teams Schedule: Week of January 23 – January 29


Here’s a preview of this week’s events for John Curtis Christian High School, January 23 – January 29

MONDAY

January 23, 2017

6:00 PM Boys 7th Grade Basketball 7th/8th
vs. St. Charles – 7th
SCHEDULE
6:30 PM Girls Varsity Basketball
@ Saint Mary’S Dominican High School
SCHEDULE

TUESDAY

January 24, 2017

6:00 PM Boys Varsity Basketball
vs. Archbishop Rummel School-Boys
SCHEDULE

WEDNESDAY

January 25, 2017

5:30 PM Boys 7th Grade Basketball 7th/8th
vs. Christian Brothers – 7th
SCHEDULE

THURSDAY

January 26, 2017

5:30 PM Boys 7th Grade Basketball 7th/8th
@ Brother Martin – 8th
SCHEDULE
6:30 PM Girls Varsity Basketball
vs. Archbishop Chapelle School
SCHEDULE

FRIDAY

January 27, 2017

4:30 PM Boys 5th Grade Basketball 5th/6th
@ Newman – 6th
SCHEDULE
5:30 PM Boys 7th Grade Basketball 7th/8th
@ Newman – 7th
SCHEDULE
6:00 PM Boys Varsity Basketball
@ Brother Martin High School
SCHEDULE

SATURDAY

January 28, 2017

11:00 AM Boys 7th Grade Basketball 7th/8th
vs. Holy Cross – 8th
SCHEDULE
2:00 PM Boys 7th Grade Basketball 7th/8th
vs. St. Augustine – 8th
SCHEDULE

SUNDAY

January 29, 2017

No events happening

Notes

Nothing more to add at this time. Make it the best week ever!


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Patriots News · Event Recap: Week of January 14 – January 20


Saturday, Jan 14th

Boys Varsity Wrestling
Louisiana Classic in Baton Rouge
N/A
Boys 7th Grade Basketball 7th/8th
@ Brother Martin – 8th @ St. Paul
N/A
Boys 7th Grade Basketball 7th/8th
@ Shaw – 8th @ St.Paul
N/A

Sunday, Jan 15th

No event results

Monday, Jan 16th

No event results

Tuesday, Jan 17th

Boys 5th Grade Basketball 5th/6th
vs. Smoothers – 5th Grade
N/A
Boys 5th Grade Basketball 5th/6th
vs. Smoothers – 6th Grade
N/A
Boys Varsity Basketball
@ Mc Donogh 35 High School
N/A

Wednesday, Jan 18th

Boys 5th Grade Basketball 5th/6th
@ Stuart Hall – 6th Grade
N/A
Boys Varsity Wrestling
Tri meet vs. South Plaquemines and at Grace King
N/A
Boys 7th Grade Basketball 7th/8th
@ Stuart Hall – 7th Grade
N/A
Girls Varsity Basketball
@ Benjamin Franklin High School
N/A

Thursday, Jan 19th

Boys 7th Grade Basketball 7th/8th
@ Jesuit – 8th
N/A

Friday, Jan 20th

Boys Varsity Wrestling
Ken Cole Tournament in Lafayette
N/A
Boys 5th Grade Basketball 5th/6th
vs. Christian Brothers – 5th
N/A
Boys Varsity Basketball
@ Archbishop Shaw High School
N/A

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Patriots News · All Teams Schedule: Week of January 16 – January 22


Here’s a preview of this week’s events for John Curtis Christian High School, January 16 – January 22

MONDAY

January 16, 2017

No events happening

TUESDAY

January 17, 2017

5:00 PM Boys 5th Grade Basketball 5th/6th
vs. Smoothers – 5th Grade
SCHEDULE
6:00 PM Boys 5th Grade Basketball 5th/6th
vs. Smoothers – 6th Grade
SCHEDULE
6:00 PM Boys Varsity Basketball
@ Mc Donogh 35 High School
SCHEDULE

WEDNESDAY

January 18, 2017

4:00 PM Boys 5th Grade Basketball 5th/6th
@ Stuart Hall – 6th Grade
SCHEDULE
5:00 PM Boys Varsity Wrestling
Tri meet vs. South Plaquemines and at Grace King
SCHEDULE
5:00 PM Boys 7th Grade Basketball 7th/8th
@ Stuart Hall – 7th Grade
SCHEDULE
6:00 PM Girls Varsity Basketball
@ Benjamin Franklin High School
SCHEDULE

THURSDAY

January 19, 2017

5:30 PM Boys 7th Grade Basketball 7th/8th
@ Jesuit – 8th
SCHEDULE

FRIDAY

January 20, 2017

4:00 PM Boys Varsity Wrestling
Ken Cole Tournament in Lafayette
SCHEDULE
5:00 PM Boys 5th Grade Basketball 5th/6th
vs. Christian Brothers – 5th
SCHEDULE
6:00 PM Boys Varsity Basketball
@ Archbishop Shaw High School
SCHEDULE

SATURDAY

January 21, 2017

10:00 AM Boys Varsity Wrestling
Ken Cole Tournament in Lafayette
SCHEDULE
11:00 AM Boys 7th Grade Basketball 7th/8th
@ St. Paul – 8th @ St. Augustine
SCHEDULE
3:00 PM Girls Varsity Basketball
@ Scotlandville Magnet High School
SCHEDULE

SUNDAY

January 22, 2017

No events happening

Notes

Nothing more to add at this time. Make it the best week ever!


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Patriots News · Just My Opinion: BBQ!


A barbeque festival?  In New Orleans?  Seriously?

Very seriously, the River Bend BBQ Festival, presented by the Patriot Nation Men’s Club, is a stroke of genius.

Barbecue is the hottest new trend in a city with some of the greatest food and restaurants in the world.  Several new barbecue “joints” have opened in the past year.  “Hogs for the Cause” has grown to one of the nation’s biggest barbecue cook-offs in its’ short history.

It’s all happening on Saturday, Jan. 28, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  You can see it at the Kamp, 2317 Hickory Ave. in Harahan; you can smell it for blocks as the delightful aroma of ribs, chicken, and brisket wafts through the air.

This is fun, with music provided by the Top Cats.  And this is serious.  It is a sanctioned State Championship Event, drawing some of the top barbecue cooks in the entire region.

The best advice: don’t eat breakfast.


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Patriots News · Event Recap: Week of January 7 – January 13


Saturday, Jan 7th

Boys Varsity Wrestling
Division III Champoinships at Brusly
N/A
Boys 7th Grade Basketball 7th/8th
@ De La Salle – 8th @ Jesuit
N/A
Boys 7th Grade Basketball 7th/8th
@ St. Augustine – 8th @ Jesuit
N/A
Girls Varsity Basketball
@ Tba
N/A

Sunday, Jan 8th

No event results

Monday, Jan 9th

Boys 5th Grade Basketball 5th/6th
vs. Newman – 6th
N/A
Boys 7th Grade Basketball 7th/8th
vs. Newman – 7th
N/A

Tuesday, Jan 10th

Boys Varsity Basketball
vs. Jesuit High School
N/A

Wednesday, Jan 11th

Boys 5th Grade Basketball 5th/6th
vs. Country Day – 5th Grade
N/A
Boys 7th Grade Basketball 7th/8th
vs. Country Day – 7th Grade
N/A

Thursday, Jan 12th

Girls Varsity Basketball
@ Edna Karr High School
N/A
Boys 7th Grade Basketball 7th/8th
@ Rummel – 8th
N/A

Friday, Jan 13th

Boys 5th Grade Basketball 5th/6th
vs. Christian Brothers – 6th
N/A
Boys Varsity Wrestling
Louisiana Classic in Baton Rouge
N/A
Boys Varsity Basketball
vs. Holy Cross High School
N/A

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Multiple Teams · Excitement Ahead for Patriot Fans


 

If you are a fan of the John Curtis Patriots, you’re in for a great ride, just in the next couple of months.

 

For starters, the boys and girls basketball teams are both off to a great start.  They are both getting recognition and respect in the local media.  This week, Coach Mike Krajcer’s boys team was ranked #1 in the city by NOLA.com and #3 by the Advocate.   Coach Barbara Farris’ girls team was ranked #2 by the Advocate (no girls rankings posted on NOLA.com).

 

The boys didn’t hurt themselves a bit this week, with a double-OT victory over Jesuit and a 27-point win over Holy Cross.  Same for the girls, with a 26-point victory over Karr.

 

Get out your calendar:

 

Feb. 1 is National College Football Letter of Intent Signing Day.  Always a special day at Curtis; we’ll learn about the college choices of some of our super seniors.

 

Wrestling winds up the season with the State Championships Feb. 10-11 in Bossier City.  The young men on Coach John Kendricks’ team continue to move up in a state that features some outstanding high school wrestlers.

 

The AllState Sugar Bowl/LHSAA State Indoor Track Championships will be on Feb. 18.   Look for another strong performance by Coach Preston Curtis’ team in Baton Rouge

 

There is still much work to be done, but while you’re marking your calendar, the girls’ state basketball championships will be in Hammond Feb. 27-Mar. 4, and boys’ basketball championships will be in Lake Charles Mar. 6-11.

 

The current sultry weather serves as a reminder that the baseball and softball seasons are just around the corner for a spring filled with anticipation.

 

April 27-29 is time for the NFL draft.  We’re all excited about learning where Malachi Dupre will start his pro career.  Good luck, Malachi, you’re one of the best.

 

As a footnote, Jan. 25-27 will be the LHSAA Annual Meetings in Baton Rouge.  I hate to end this on a bummer, but anything good that comes out of this meeting (read; select vs. non-select) will be a surprise.  They can’t, and won’t, get it right.


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Patriots News · All Teams Schedule: Week of January 9 – January 15


Here’s a preview of this week’s events for John Curtis Christian High School, January 9 – January 15

MONDAY

January 09, 2017

5:30 PM Boys 5th Grade Basketball 5th/6th
vs. Newman – 6th
SCHEDULE
6:30 PM Boys 7th Grade Basketball 7th/8th
vs. Newman – 7th
SCHEDULE

TUESDAY

January 10, 2017

6:00 PM Boys Varsity Basketball
vs. Jesuit High School
SCHEDULE

WEDNESDAY

January 11, 2017

5:30 PM Boys 5th Grade Basketball 5th/6th
vs. Country Day – 5th Grade
SCHEDULE
6:30 PM Boys 7th Grade Basketball 7th/8th
vs. Country Day – 7th Grade
SCHEDULE

THURSDAY

January 12, 2017

5:30 PM Boys 7th Grade Basketball 7th/8th
@ Rummel – 8th
SCHEDULE
5:30 PM Girls Varsity Basketball
@ Edna Karr High School
SCHEDULE

FRIDAY

January 13, 2017

4:00 PM Boys Varsity Wrestling
Louisiana Classic in Baton Rouge
SCHEDULE
4:00 PM Boys 5th Grade Basketball 5th/6th
vs. Christian Brothers – 6th
SCHEDULE
6:00 PM Boys Varsity Basketball
vs. Holy Cross High School
SCHEDULE

SATURDAY

January 14, 2017

10:00 AM Boys Varsity Wrestling
Louisiana Classic in Baton Rouge
SCHEDULE
10:00 AM Boys 7th Grade Basketball 7th/8th
@ Brother Martin – 8th @ St. Paul
SCHEDULE
12:00 PM Boys 7th Grade Basketball 7th/8th
@ Shaw – 8th @ St.Paul
SCHEDULE

SUNDAY

January 15, 2017

No events happening

Notes

Nothing more to add at this time. Make it the best week ever!


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Patriots News · Event Recap: Week of December 31 – January 6


Saturday, Dec 31st

No event results

Sunday, Jan 1st

No event results

Monday, Jan 2nd

No event results

Tuesday, Jan 3rd

Boys Varsity Basketball
vs. Brother Martin High School
L 72 – 75

Wednesday, Jan 4th

Boys Varsity Wrestling
Tri meet vs. Thomas Jefferson and @ John Ehret
N/A

Thursday, Jan 5th

Girls Varsity Basketball
@ Madison Preparatory Academy
W 51 – 61

Friday, Jan 6th

Girls Varsity Basketball
@ Loranger High School
N/A
Boys Varsity Basketball
@ Saint Augustine High School
N/A

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Multiple Teams · Special Tributes for Joe McKnight


Joe McKnight’s memory has been honored in the finest fashion: by the men who play the game, during the game.  From New York to Los Angeles, the tributes show the national respect and love for Joe

 

Former Curtis teammate Duke Riley gave up the number 40 he has worn so proudly to wear Joe’s number 4 in the Tigers’ win over Louisville in the Citrus Bowl.  A senior, it was Riley’s final game in an LSU uniform.

 

Southern Cal junior running back Ronald Jones switched jerseys to number 4 for the Trojans’ win over Penn State in the Rose Bowl.  The entire team joined him in a very special tribute, with a “JM4” decal on their helmets.

 

Former USC star Reggie Bush honored the running back that succeeded him in college with custom cleats that sported the familiar Trojan colors–One shoe with  a photo of McKnight in college; one with the dates of his birth and death.  Bush wore the shoes in the Buffalo Bills game against the Oakland Raiders.  It was the only weekend that NFL players were allowed to wear special cleats with their own design.

 

The New York Jets honored McKnight with a moment of silence before their Monday Night Football game against the Indianapolis Colts.

 

The Louisiana High School Athletic Association honored Joe with a moment of silence before the All-State Prep Classic games in the Superdome.

 

More on Duke Riley’s tribute:

LSU’s Duke Riley to Honor Joe McKnight in Citrus Bowl

Tiger senior will honor fallen friend

LSU senior inside linebacker Duke Riley will replace his usual No. 40 with 4 tomorrow in the Buffalo Wild Wings Sugar Bowl, as a tribute to the late Joe McKnight.

From LSU’s release:

Riley, who ranks second in the team with 85 tackles, was recently named LSU’s most valuable player for the 2016 season in vote of his teammates. McKnight served as a mentor and role model for Riley, along with many other students who followed in his footsteps at John Curtis.

“I lost a brother and someone I always looked up to,” Riley said about wearing the No. 4 jersey against Louisville. “Joe was someone I grew up watching, someone that was my biggest role model. People say legends never die so I’m wearing this No. 4 jersey for Joe McKnight (tomorrow) against Louisville.

“Joe meant everything to me. Honestly, I wanted to be a baseball player and then I saw what he could do with a football and how he could change the view of kids my age with a football in his hand. I know football meant everything to him. It was his life and he made football my life.

“This is honor to be able to do this. I’m so thankful for Coach ‘O’ (Orgeron) and the staff for giving me opportunity to wear this number for my brother who will be watching down on us. I’m going to give everything that I have for him and for LSU.”

Riley, who is a four-year letterwinner for the Tigers, has worn No. 40 for every contest of his 49-game career with the Tigers.

McKnight, of course, was a high school legend in Louisiana at John Curtis Christian School, where Riley played as well. He was gunned down on the West Bank of New Orleans in a road rage incident earlier in December.

Very cool gesture on Riley’s part, and a heckuva way to end his career with LSU, regardless of how the game turns out.