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Patriots News · Event Recap: Week of November 18 – November 24


Saturday, Nov 18th

Boys Varsity Wrestling
Live Oak Invitational
N/A

Sunday, Nov 19th

No event results

Monday, Nov 20th

Boys Varsity Basketball
@ Unknown
N/A
Girls Varsity Basketball
@ Unknown
N/A

Tuesday, Nov 21st

Boys Varsity Wrestling
Spartan Invitational
N/A
Boys Varsity Basketball
@ Unknown
N/A
Girls Varsity Basketball
@ Unknown
N/A

Wednesday, Nov 22nd

Boys Varsity Basketball
@ Unknown
N/A
Girls Varsity Basketball
@ Unknown
N/A

Thursday, Nov 23rd

No event results

Friday, Nov 24th

No event results

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Multiple Teams · CURTIS SCUTTLES SCOTLANDVILLE 29-8; ON TO THE DOME!


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.

 

 


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Multiple Teams · Scotlandville Preview


 

Scotlandville and John Curtis will lock horns Friday in a semifinal of the LHSAA Select Division I playoffs, with a ticket to the Superdome and the state championship game awaiting the winner.  Friday’s kickoff will be at 7 p.m.at the Shrine on Airline.

The game features two of the State’s most potent offenses, although with contrasting styles.  Scotlandville has averaged 38 points per game while rolling to a 9-1 record, scoring five or more touchdowns in eight of their nine victories.  The #3 seeded Hornets sport a potent aerial attack, having passed for four touchdowns in eliminating Brother Martin, 35-33, last Friday.

They are coming in on the crest of a spectacular win over the Crusaders.  Brother Martin seemed to lock it up with a go-head touchdown in the game’s final minute.  But Scotlandville came right back to win it on a 90-yard kickoff return by Kelvin Joseph to keep their title hopes alive.

Joseph also caught touchdown passes of 53 and 51 yards from quarterback Cameron Armstead.  The Hornets piled up 401 yards, 277 of that on 16-of-25 passing.  Armstead launched touchdown passes of 76 yards to Trenton Charles and 34 yards to Jarian Green.

Scotlandville is looking for a return trip to the Dome, where they fell to Evangel in last year’s championship.  The Hornets were a power in Nonselect Class 5A prior to 2016.

Curtis, seeking its 27th state championship, is trying to get back to the Dome for the first time since 2014.  The Patriots are 9-1 this season after wrapping up back-to-back Catholic League championships.

Coming in with the #2 seed, Curtis is currently on an eight-game winning streak.

The Patriots have done most of their work on the ground.  They totaled 372 yards rushing on a 7.5 average yards per carry in defeating St. Paul’s, 35-21, last week.

The Curtis offense features running backs Darryan Washington and Malik Wells, with QB Collin Guggenheim also a threat to run.  Washington scored three touchdowns in last week’s victory.

Curtis is averaging 36 points per game and has scored five or more touchdowns in its last six outings.

Tickets are available at the John Curtis High School office, 10125 Jefferson Hwy.  Live video of the game will be streamed online via the Cube at www.johncurtispatriots.com.

 


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Patriots News · Just My Opinion 11-21-17


Just My Opinion by Bill Curl 11-21-17

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.

Did anybody notice?   Curtis is the only team carrying the Catholic League flag into the semifinals.  The other three district 9-5A teams who reached the quarterfinals all lost tough games on the road, all as underdogs.   In case you missed them, Brother Martin lost at #3 seeded Scotlandville on a 90-yard kickoff return with 59 seconds left in the game; St. Augustine lost at #4 seeded Baton Rouge Catholic, 7-3, on a fourth quarter drive; Rummel lost at #1 seeded Evangel, 14-7, after taking an early 7-0 lead.

Those three games were settled by a total of 13 points; only the Patriots’ 14-point win over St. Paul’s appeared comfortable.  And if you were there, you were never comfortable, at least not until Darryan Washington’s final trip across the goal line in the last two minutes.

Thus all four games in the Division I quarterfinals went down to the final minutes.  Does that get you fired up for the semis?

Tracking the Patriots’ 2017 non-district opponents through the playoffs: Warren Easton, the 4th seed in Class 4A, walloped #13 North Desoto 54-0 and moves into this weekend’s quarterfinals at #12 Woodlawn-Shreveport; Landry Walker, the 14th seed in the Class 5A playoffs, lost in the second round to #3 Acadiana last week, 24-22; Parkview Baptist, the 5th seed in Select Division II, lost in the quarterfinals to #4 St. Thomas More, 31-29; Grayson (GA) lost their playoff game to North Gwinnett, 35-28.

TRIVIA QUESTION. 

Try this on your Patriot friends.  There are currently 64 teams in the LHSAA’s Class 5A (including both select and nonselect).  Over the course of his career, J. T. has played at least one game against 30 of them.  Guess how many of those 30 teams have the upper hand in the rivalry (i.e., more wins than Curtis)?  See answer at bottom.

LOOKING  BACK AT ST. PAUL’S

Here’s a  pat on the back for the O-line.  When your backs average 7-1/2 yards per carry, somebody’s making some creases up there.

Emulating the Saints’ 24 successive running plays in the win over the Bills a week ago , Curtis ran the ball on 22 successive plays vs. St. Paul’s (not including the two-point PAT pass) over three possessions while going from a 21-20 deficit through the end of  the clinching 77-yard drive.

And what a thing of beauty that was.  Good old fashioned Curtis football, just like yo’ mama used to watch.  If that game had it been for the State Championship, we might be calling it THE DRIVE.  And on this week’s marquee outside the Shrine: THE DRIVE vs. THE RETURN.

GET READY FOR SCOTLANDVILLE

Sure, Brother Martin let one get away last Friday.  But don’t sell this Scotlandville team short. They are fast, athletic, and they have big-play capability at any minute. Scotlandville won it on a 90-yard kickoff return by their all-everything receiver/DB/kick returner, Kelvin Joseph, who ran through at least a half-dozen Crusaders.  They passed for 300 yards and ran for 110 more against a good Brother Martin defense.  Remember, the Crusaders went into the game on a roll with six straight wins.  Scotlandville went all the way to the Dome before losing to Evangel in last year’s championship.

Trivia Answer

None.  Two are 1-1 vs. the Patriots, and Curtis has more wins against the other 28.  Amazing.

 

HAVE A TRULY SPECIAL THANKSGIVING!

 

–Bill Curl


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Multiple Teams · Washington wins Advocate Honor


Congratulations to Darryan Washington, the Advocate’s Offensive Player of the Week

Darryan Washington

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Darryan Washington is a running back at John Curtis

Washington, a 5-foot-8, 182 pound senior, rushed 20 times for 138 yards and three touchdowns in Curtis’ 35-21 victory over St. Paul’s in the second round of the Division I select playoffs. Washington scored on runs of 10, 33 and 20 yards. Washington has rushed for 768 yards and 11 touchdowns this season for the Patriots (10-1), who play Scotlandville in Friday’s semifinal


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Patriots News · All Teams Schedule: Week of November 20 – November 26


Here’s a preview of this week’s events for John Curtis Christian High School, November 20 – November 26

MONDAY

November 20, 2017

TBA Boys Varsity Basketball
@ Unknown
SCHEDULE
TBA Girls Varsity Basketball
@ Unknown
SCHEDULE

TUESDAY

November 21, 2017

TBA Boys Varsity Wrestling
Spartan Invitational
SCHEDULE
TBA Boys Varsity Basketball
@ Unknown
SCHEDULE
TBA Girls Varsity Basketball
@ Unknown
SCHEDULE

WEDNESDAY

November 22, 2017

TBA Boys Varsity Basketball
@ Unknown
SCHEDULE
TBA Girls Varsity Basketball
@ Unknown
SCHEDULE

THURSDAY

November 23, 2017

No events happening

FRIDAY

November 24, 2017

No events happening

SATURDAY

November 25, 2017

4:00 PM Boys Junior Varsity Basketball
vs. Northshore High School
SCHEDULE
5:00 PM Boys Varsity Basketball
vs. Northshore High School
SCHEDULE

SUNDAY

November 26, 2017

No events happening

Notes

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Patriots News · Event Recap: Week of November 11 – November 17


Saturday, Nov 11th

Boys Varsity Wrestling
Mandeville Open
N/A

Sunday, Nov 12th

No event results

Monday, Nov 13th

No event results

Tuesday, Nov 14th

Girls Junior Varsity Basketball
vs. Mandeville High School
N/A
Boys Junior Varsity Basketball
@ St. Charles
N/A
Boys Varsity Basketball
@ St. Charles
N/A
Girls Varsity Basketball
vs. Mandeville High School
N/A

Wednesday, Nov 15th

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

Thursday, Nov 16th

Boys Junior Varsity Basketball
@ Hahnville High School
N/A
Boys Varsity Basketball
@ Hahnville High School
N/A

Friday, Nov 17th

No event results

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Multiple Teams · Curtis Trims St. Pauls, 35-21 in Q’finals


John Curtis fought off a feisty pack of St. Paul’s Wolves, 35-21, Friday night at the Shrine on Airline in an LHSAA Select Division I quarterfinal contest.  The Patriots will move on to the semifinals next Friday with a home game against Scotlandville, a winner over Brother Martin.

The Patriots trailed St. Paul’s, 21-20, entering the fourth quarter.  The game was undecided until the last two minutes, when Curtis a capped off a 14-play, 91-yard drive to extend its 28-21 advantage. The drive started midway through the quarter, chewing 6:26 off the clock, and putting the finishing touch on a hard earned victory.

The game matched the Wolves’ long bombs through the air contrasted to the Patriots quick-strike capability on the ground.  Running backs Darryan Washington and Malik Wells led the attack for Curtis.  Washington scored on runs of 11, 34 and 20 yards, the last two of which provided the final winning margin.  Wells had the longest, a 50-yard TD run, and Brandon Davis scampered 36 yards with an interception return.

Curtis averaged 7.5 yards per carry as a team, mounting a total of 352 yards rushing for the night.  Wells had 10 carries for 160 yards. Washington carried 19 times for 125 yards.

An early 14-0 Curtis lead was eclipsed by a 15 point St. Paul’s run.  Curtis broke back on top, 20-15, but St. Paul’s was far from finished.  They answered, taking the lead back, 21-20, in the late stages of the third quarter.  The Patriots retook the lead for good with Washington’s 34-yard scoring run, a Collin-Guggenheim to Glenn Beal pass for two extra points, and Washington’s 20-yard TD.  Brock Wunstell was four-for-four on his PAT kicks.

The win stretched the Curtis winning streak to nine games, now with a 10-1 season record.  The have reached the semifinals for the 23rd straight year and are in pursuit of their 27th state championship.  They are now 29-5 since moving up to Class 5A in 2015.

Curtis appeared to in control in the early stages Friday night.  Punter Austin Mccready pooched one to the Wolves’ three yard line, setting up the game’s first score.  The defense bottled up the St. Paul’s offense, and freshman Caleb Spann returned the following punt 20 yards to the Wolves’ 14.

Two plays later, Washington busted over the left side of his offensive line over the remaining 13 yards to pay dirt on the gleaming green turf.  Wunstell’s PAT made it 7-0 with 5:32 left in the initial quarter.

Davis sweetened the lead on St. Paul’s next possession when he deftly stepped in front of a pass in the right flat and raced untouched for a score.  It was Davis’s fifth interception and second pick-six of the year.

After the defense forced a three-and-out, the Curtis offense staged a march from its own 45 to St, Paul’s 25, where the drive died on downs.  The Wolves quietly moved to the 28 where, on third down, they struck through the air on a 72-yard pass-and-run play. A bad snap on the PAT left the count 14-6, Curtis, in the final seconds of the opening quarter.

After a couple of Curtis punts, St. Paul’s launched a drive at the Patriots’ 46.  The drive took to plays, reaching the Curtis six yard line.  On a third down from there, a hard charging Jay Curtis swatted down a pass, forcing a field goal try with three seconds remaining before halftime.  The kick, from 24 yards out, was good.

While the band played on, Curtis had the lead (14-9), but St. Paul’s had the momentum.  The visitors stormed out of the locker room, took the kickoff, and quickly stormed into the lead.  It took just two plays, the second one another aerial bomb.  This time it was 62 yards.  A failed two-point PAT pass kept the count at 15-14, St. Paul’s.

Curtis immediately responded with a four play, 78 yard drive to take the lead back.  After Washington and Wells moved it from the Curtis 24 to midfield in three plays, Wells put the Patriots back on top.  He blasted over left tackle, cut back into the middle, turned on the afterburners and had nobody in his rear view mirror for the last 45 yards of his 50-yard bolt.

Washington was stopped a foot short on the PAT running attempt, thus the Curtis lead stayed at five, 20-15.  The Wolves came right back, this time with a sustained 59 yard march. They took the lead back, 21-20 on a one yard plunge.  Their try for two also failed when Angelo Anderson deflected a passing attempt.

The St. Paul’s lead lingered until late until late in the third quarter.  The winning march was sudden.  After an exchange of punts, the Patriots moved from their 24 to the St. Paul’s 34 in two plays.  On the third snap of the series, Washington rambled 34 yards for what proved to be the final go-ahead score in the seesaw struggle.  On the PAT, Guggenheim rolled to his right, closely watched by 11 Wolves.  Glenn Beal slipped out to the left from his tight end position, and Guggenheim’s easy lob brought the count to 28-21, home team

The Patriots missed an opportunity when an Anderson sack created a Choncee Crum fumble recovery at the Wolves’ 28.  But the St. Paul’s defense held as the game moved into the fourth quarter.

St. Paul’s pecked its way across midfield in 10 pays before punting.  Curtis fumbled the punt but recovered on the Patriot nine yard line.

A seeming eon of time remained on the clock when Curtis took over.  And the Patriots offensive line did the taking over, finally wearing down the Wolves’ defense. A battering barrage of Washington, Wells and Guggenheim (and throw in an 11-yard carry by Ernest Jones) mercilessly ground out 91 yards and ran six and one-half minutes off the clock all the way down to 1:39.  All 14 plays on the drive were by rushing, sustained by six first downs.

The final coup came when Washington cut through the left side, broke a couple of tackles at the line of scrimmage, and carried his lunch pail for the final 34 yards, sending the Patriot faithful home happy.


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Patriots News · All Teams Schedule: Week of November 13 – November 19


Here’s a preview of this week’s events for John Curtis Christian High School, November 13 – November 19

MONDAY

November 13, 2017

No events happening

TUESDAY

November 14, 2017

5:00 PM Girls Junior Varsity Basketball
vs. Mandeville High School
SCHEDULE
5:00 PM Boys Junior Varsity Basketball
@ St. Charles
SCHEDULE
6:00 PM Boys Varsity Basketball
@ St. Charles
SCHEDULE
6:00 PM Girls Varsity Basketball
vs. Mandeville High School
SCHEDULE

WEDNESDAY

November 15, 2017

TBA Boys Varsity Wrestling
Tri Meet vs. John Ehret and Thomas Jefferson
SCHEDULE

THURSDAY

November 16, 2017

6:00 PM Boys Junior Varsity Basketball
@ Hahnville High School
SCHEDULE
7:00 PM Boys Varsity Basketball
@ Hahnville High School
SCHEDULE

FRIDAY

November 17, 2017

No events happening

SATURDAY

November 18, 2017

TBA Boys Varsity Wrestling
Live Oak Invitational
SCHEDULE

SUNDAY

November 19, 2017

No events happening

Notes

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


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Multiple Teams · St. Paul’s-Curtis in Quarterfinals


 

St. Paul’s will travel to Metairie Friday to play John Curtis in the quarterfinals of the LHSAA Select Division I football playoffs..  The kickoff will be at 7 p.m. at the Shrine on Airline.

 

The Wolves, seeded seventh in the bracket, gained the right to challenge Curtis with a pulsating 27-24 won over #10 Holy Cross on St. Paul’s’ home turf.  The Wolves are coming into the game with a 6-4 record.  Meanwhile, Curtis earned a bye into the quarterfinals with its #2 seed.  They are 9-1 and they sport an eight-game winning streak.

 

The two teams are well familiar with each other, although they have played only five official times since J T. Curtis began coaching in 1969.  The two have frequently faced off in preseason scrimmages in recent years.

Curtis has emerged victorious all five times in the games that count..  The rivalry goes all the way back to 1978.  Three of the five games have been in the playoffs.

The Patriots won a first round game  in Class 3A in 1987.  The wins in second round encounters were in 1991 and 1994, both in Class 4A.  The most recent game, in 2012, came on short notice, when both teams’ opponents had to cancel the week of the game because of Hurricane Isaac.  Curtis won it, 26-7.  The victory launched a perfect season and a consensus national championship for John Curtis.

 Capsules of Previous Curtis-St. Paul’s Games Under Coach Curtis:

1978, JOHN CURTIS 45, ST. PAUL’S 13, Curtis won with a relentless ground attack in the 45-13 win over St. Paul’s.  Joey Lopinto gained 233 yards and scored four TDs, including a 65-yarder.  Sam Smith picked up 180 yards, including two trips across the goal line.

1987, JOHN CURTIS 48, ST. PAUL’S 24, CLASS 3A FIRST ROUND.  Curtis ran out to a 41-0 lead over St. Paul’s and cruised to a 48-24 outcome.  Billy Duncan scored on two short runs and threw TD passes of 40 and 18 yards to Kevin Fayard and 42 yards to Michael Stewart.  Gerald Mitchell and Randy Brown also reached pay dirt.   The Patriots’ defense picked off three passes to help mount a 28-0 halftime lead, and they added one more pick in the second half.

1991, JOHN CURTIS 55, ST. PAUL’S 26, CLASS 4A SECOND ROUND.  St. Paul’s scored first, only to see Reggie Wilson run the kickoff back 83 yards for a TD and Curtis cruised from there, 55-26, behind Chris Howard’s 234-yard, three-touchdown performance .  Chris Rooney scored a pair of touchdowns for Curtis.  Johnny Comeaux added one for the defense with a 14-yard fumble return.

1994, JOHN CURTIS 49, ST. PAUL’S 7, CLASS 4A SECOND ROUND.   Jeff Curtis rushed for three touchdowns and passed for three in bouncing St. Paul’s by a 49-7 score.  Malcolm Orgeron had two interceptions and the Wolves’ only positive yardage in the first half came on two one-yard runs.  Kevin Dukes, Ricky Brandt and Jack Frost all caught touchdown passes.

2012, JOHN CURTIS 26, ST. PAUL’S 7.  Only Hurricane Isaac looked like it could stop the 2012 Patriots and that was to no avail.  Both Curtis and St. Paul’s opening opponents were unable to play thus, on 24 hours’ notice, the two agreed to play each other.  On a sweltering Saturday afternoon in Covington, Curtis stormed back from a 7-0 deficit to score four unanswered touchdowns, winning the game going away, 26-7.   Raekwon James tallied the first three TDs on runs of 12, 16 and 38 yards.  The 19-point winning margin would turn out to be the closest anyone came to the Patriots in the entire season.