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All you need to know about JC football and the state game vs. Evangel!

December 3, 2012
By Jeff Curtis of John Curtis Christian High School



John Curtis Football 2012

 

2012 Season (13-0 to date)

 

SEPT. 1   @CURTIS 26, ST. PAUL 7 (at St. Paul)

SEPT. 7      CURTIS 33, PLANT, FLA. 3 (Sugar Bowl Prep Classic, LA Superdome)

SEPT. 14    CURTIS 34, EAST ST. JOHN 7 (at Muss Bertolino Stadium)

SEPT. 20   *CURTIS 56, COHEN 0 (at Muss Bertolino Stadium)

SEPT. 28   *CURTIS 59, RIVERSIDE 0 (at Muss Bertolino Stadium)

OCT. 6       *CURTIS 48, CARVER 14 (at Pan American Stadium)

OCT. 12     *CURTIS 50, NEWMAN 0 (at Muss Bertolino Stadium)

OCT. 26     *CURTIS 55, CLARK 0 (at Muss Bertolino Stadium)

NOV. 2       *CURTIS 50, SOUTH PLAQUEMINES 0 (at South Plaquemines)

NOV. 9      #CURTIS 64, POPE JOHN PAUL II 0 (at Muss Bertolino Stadium)

NOV. 16    #CURTIS 50, NORTH WEBSTER 0 (at North Webster)

NOV. 23    #CURTIS 62, RIVERSIDE 6 (at Muss Bertolino Stadium)

NOV. 30    #CURTIS 55, SPRINGFIELD 0 (at Muss Bertolino Stadium)

Note—Curtis opened the season with wins over three higher-classification teams.  St. Paul was the #1 seed in Class 5A prior to the 2011 playoffs; Plant was the 2011 State Champion in Class 8A—Florida’s largest; East St. John was a playoff team in Louisiana’s Class 5A. 

 

Scoring by Quarters

 

                              __John Curtis______ _        ___Oppopnent______

Opponent            1      2     3      4    Total           1      2     3      4    Total

REGULAR SEASON

St. Paul                 0      6      7    13     26              0      7      0      0       7

Plant, Fla.           14    13     6      0     33               0     3      0      0        3

East St. John      14    13     7      0     34               0     0      0      7        7                                                                                   

Cohen*               19    20    10     7     56               0     0      0      0        0       

Riverside*          14    23    10   12    59               0     0       0     0        0

Carver*               21    14    13     0    48               8     0       0     6      14

Newman*          14    15    14     7    50                0    0       0     0        0

Clark*                 14    28      6     7    55                0     0      0     0         0

South Plaq.*     29    14      7     0     50               0     0      0     0         0

                          139  146   80   46   411               8    10    0    13      31

*District 9-2A   Avg.  45.7 offense   3.4 defense

 

PLAYOFFS

Pope John Paul  27   17    6    14     64              0     0      0     0         0

North Webster  34     7     6     3      50              0      0     0     6         6

Riverside             13   35  14     0      62              3      7     0     0       10

Springfield          22   20    0    13     55              0      0     0     0         0

                              96   79  26   30    231             3      7     0     6       16

Playoff Avg.  57.8 offense   4.0 defense

 

TOTALS              235  225 106  76 642              11   17   0    19      47

Season Avg.  49.4 offense   3.6 defense

 

The Streaks:

 

  • The current winning streak is 27 games

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  • Curtis has reached the state championship game for the 17th consecutive season (believed to be a national record); Curtis is 12-4 during that 16-game stretch.

 

  • Curtis won a state-record five consecutive championships in 2004-08.  The Patriots won four titles in a row in 1996-99, and had two three-peats (1979-81 and 1983-85).   Curtis won 43 consecutive games in 1983-86.  The Patriots won 29 playoff games in a row in 2004-09.  Curtis won 136 straight district games ending in 2001.

 

  • The most recent district winning streak (to date), covers 31 games, stretching back to 2007

 

2102 Noteworthy

 

HIGHEST SCORING TEAM IN CURTIS HISTORY, with 642 points in 13 games (49.3 average), topping the previous high of 611 in 1990.

 

OUTSCORING OPPONENTS 460-28 IN THE FIRST HALF; 175-10 in first half of playoffs games.

 

FIRST TEAM DEFENSE HAS ALLOWED TWO TOUCHDOWNS ALL SEASON.  Defense including subs has been scored upon 5 times total. 

 

DEFENSE HAS RECORDED SEVEN SHUTOUTS IN 13 GAMES.

 

NO OPPONENT HAS SCORED MORE THAN ONE TOUCHDOWN AGAINST CURTIS’S DEFENSE (Carver had two TDs; one on a kickoff return). 

 

Curtis vs. Evangel

 

CURTIS VS. EVANGEL

 

2011   Curtis 38, Evangel 6       Class 2A Semifinals

2010   Evangel 28, Curtis 14     Class 2A Championship

2009   Evangel 18, Curtis 13     Class 2A Championship

2008   Curtis 35, Evangel 14     Class 2A Championship

2007   Curtis 29, Evangel 10     Class 2A Semifinals

1999   Evangel 28, Curtis 20     Hap Glaudi Classic

 

Note—Both schools have opted to move up to Class 3A next year

 

 

J. T. CURTIS CAREER COACHING RECORD

519-54-6, 44th SEASON, 24 STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS (THROUGH 12-1-12)

 

                                                       Regular                Out-of

                            All       District    Season   Playoff   State

Year   District   Games   Games   Games   Games   Games  Comment

1969  8-B        0-10          0-7          0-10                                 1st season as Head Coach

 

1970  6-A        8-2            6-1          8-1           0-1                  1st winning season; 1st in playoffs

1971  5-A        7-1-2        6-1-2       7-1-2     

1972  5-A       6-4            5-4          6-4    

1973  10-2A    10-2          5-1          8-1           2-1                  reached quarterfinals

1974  10-2A   3-3-3        2-3-1       3-3-3

 

1975  10-2A   12-1-1       5-0          7-1-1         5-0                 2A CHAMP (1st Championship)

1976  10-2A   11-2          5-0          8-1            3-1

1977  10-2A   12-1          7-1          8-1            4-0                 2A CHAMP (2nd)

1978  10-2A   13-1          8-0         10-0           3-1

1979  12-2A   12-1          7-0          8-1            4-0                 2A CHAMP (3rd)

 

1980  12-2A   15-0          7-0         10-0           5-0                 2A CHAMP (4TH), Perfect Season 1

1981  12-2A   15-0          7-0         10-0           5-0                 2A CHAMP (5th), Perfect Season 2

1982  12-2A   13-2          7-0           9-1           4-1                 2A Runner-Up

1983  12-2A   14-0          7-0         10-0           4-0                 2A CHAMP (6th), Perfect Season 3

1984  12-2A   15-0          7-0         10-0           5-0                 2A CHAMP (7th), Perfect Season 4

 

1985  8-3A*    13-0          6-0          9-0            4-0                 3A CHAMP (8th), Perfect Season 5

1986  8-3A*    11-2          6-0          8-1            3-1                 3A Runner-Up

1987  8-3A*    13-1          4-0          8-1            5-0                 3A CHAMP (9th)

1988  8-3A*    12-1          4-0          8-1            4-0                 3A CHAMP (10th)

1989  9-3A*    11-1          6-0        10-0            1-1

 

1990  9-3A*    15-0         6-0        10-0             5-0                 3A CHAMP(11TH)Perfect Season 6 

1991  9-4A**               11-1         5-0          9-0             2-1     2-0

1992  9-4A**               10-1         5-0          9-0             1-1     2-0

1993  9-4A**               14-0         5-0          9-0             5-0                 4A CHAMP (12th)Perfect Season 7

1994  9-4A**               12-1         4-0          8-0             4-1                 4A Runner-Up

 

1995  9-4A**               11-1         4-0          9-0             2-1     2-0

1996  9-4A**               14-0         5-0          9-0             5-0     1-0       4A CHAMP (13th)Perfect Season 8

1997  9-4A**               13-1         5-0          8-1             5-0                 4A CHAMP (14th)        

1998  9-4A**               13-0         6-0          8-0             5-0                 4A CHAMP (15th)Perfect Season 9

1999  9-4A**               13-1         6-0          8-1             5-0                 4A CHAMP (16th)

 

2000  9-4A**               12-2        6-0          8-1              4-1                 4A Runner-Up

2001  9-4A**               14-1        4-1          9-1              5-0                 4A CHAMP (17th)

2002  9-4A**               14-1        4-1          9-1              5-0                 4A CHAMP (18th)

2003  8-4A**               11-2        4-0          7-1              4-1     0-1     4A Runner-Up

2004  8-4A**               14-0        4-0          9-0              5-0     1-0       4A CHAMP (19th)PerfectSeason10

 

2005  9-2A#H 10-1        4-0          5-1             5-0      1-0       2A CHAMP (20th))

2006  9-2A     14-0        4-0          9-0             5-0      2-0       2A CHAMP (21st)PerfectSeason11

2007  9-2A     12-2        4-1          7-2             5-0      0-1       2A CHAMP (22ND)

2008  9-2A     14-1        5-0          9-1             5-0      2-1       2A CHAMP (23rd)

2009  9-2A     13-1        7-0          9-0             4-1                  2A Runner-Up

 

2010  9-2A      12-2        6-0          8-1             4-1     1-0       2A Runner-Up

2011  9-2A      14-0        6-0          9-0             5-0                 2A CHAMP (24TH)

2012  9-2A      13-0        6-0          9-0             4-0      1-0

*played up one classification

**played up two classifications

#new LHSAA rule disallows playing up

H-shortened season due to Hurricane Katrina (first 4 games cancelled)

 

Summary to date

 

ALL GAMES:   519-54-6  (90.2%)  579 games, 44th season; avg. 11.9 wins per season

SINCE FIRST SEASON (0-10):    519-44-6 (91.8%), 43 seasons; avg. 12.1 wins per season

BY DECADE:  1960’S 0-10 (0.0%); 1970’s 94-18-6 (82.2%)  1980’s 132-7 (95.0%)

    1990’s 126-6 (95.5%)  2000’s 128-11 (92.1%)   2010’s to date 39-2  (95.1%).

BY CLASSIFICATION:  Class B 0-10 (1969), Class A 21-7-2 (1970-72), Class 2A 145-13-4               (1973-84), Class 3A 75-5 (1985-90), Class 4A 176-12 (1991-2004), Class 2A 102-7 (2005-2012)    

DISTRICT GAMES:   225-21-3  (90.9%)  249 games

DISTRICT GAMES 1975-2010:  207-4 (98.1%) 211 games

REGULAR SEASON GAMES:  359-39-6 (89.6%) 404 games

PLAYOFF GAMES:  160-15  (91.4%)  174 games

STATE CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES:  24-7  (77.4%)  31 games             

VS. OUT-OF-STATE OPPONENTS:   15-3  (83,3%)  18 games

 

Since the LHSAA moved its championships to the Superdome in 1979, Curtis has appeared 28 times (in 32 years), winning 21 (includes the 2005 game, moved to Shreveport due to Hurricane Katrina, won by Curtis).  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CURTIS PLAYER NOTES updated 12-1-12

 

1 HUNTER DALE, DB, Soph., 5-10, 180

2012 DEFENSE: 4 Interceptions

Key 25-yard Interception return vs. St. Paul

 

2 MATTRELL McGRAW, DB, Jr., 5-11, 185

2012 DEFENSE:  3 interceptions

55-yard INT return for a TD vs. Cohen

2 INTs vs. Riverside in playoff game

 

3 GEORGE MORIERA, RB, Jr., 5-10, 205

2012 RUSHING:  31 for 354 yds. (11.4 avg.), 7 TDs, 51 LP

TD runs of 8 and 20 yards vs. Newman

Caught 25-yard TD pass vs. Springfield in semifinals last week

 

5 TEVIN HORTON, RB, Sr., 5-10, 202

2012 RUSHING:  62 for 691 yds. (11.2 avg.) 14 TDs, 70 LP

Committed to UL-Monroe

5-yard TD run clinched 26-7 win at St. Pauls

70-yard TD run vs. East St. John; 7 carries for 91 yards total in that game

3 TDs on runs of 12, 21 and 29 yards vs. Carver

107 yards on 7 carries vs. Carver

TD runs of 9 and 28 yards vs. North Webster in playoffs

TD runs of 51 and 9 yards vs. Riverside in playoffs; had 8 total carries for 100 yards

29-yard TD run vs. Springfield in semifinals last week

 

7 JACOLBY COOPER, DB, Sr., 5-8, 170

2012 DEFENSE:  4 interceptions

Interception return for 24 yards last week vs. Springfield in semifinals

All-District in 2011

won 400 meter title in and anchored 4x400 meter relay team helping Curtis win in the state track meet in 2011

Alll-Metro in 400 meter run (48.59)

 

9 TERRANCE ALEXANDER, CB, Jr., 5-11, 182

Offers from Tulane, Stanford, Ole Miss, Tennessee, Stanford

 

10 PATRICK MORTON, QB, Sr., 5-11, 196

2012 PASSING:  Att. 103, Comp. 65, (63.1%) 1,468 yds. (112.9 per game) 19 TDs, 2 Int, 72 LP

QB Rating: 138  Note—needs 32 yards to top 1,500-yard mark

2012 RUSHING:  29 for 156 yards (5.4 avg.), 5 TD, 34 LP

Wideout Jordan Morton (#14) is his twin brother.

No Interceptions in first 97 passes until his 2nd pass was picked off last week vs. Springfield

Back this year after an injury caused him to miss the second half of the 2011 season

Five 100 yard-plus passing games this year:

9 of 11 passes for 216 yards, 3 TDs vs. South Plaq

5 of 7 passes for 215 yards, 3 TD and ran for 1 TD vs. Riverside in playoffs

5 of 6 passes for 164 yards, 2 TD vs. North Webster in playoffs

7 of 13 passes for 138 yards, 3 TD and ran for 34 yards in 1st Riverside game

5 of 8 passes for 118 yards, 2 TD vs. Cohen

8 of 12 passes for 105 yards, 1 TD vs. Carver

Scored first 2 TDs in East St. John Game on 1-yard runs. then threw a 66-yard TD pass to Sherman Badie

 

13 ABBY TOUZET QB, Soph., 6-2, 215

2012 PASSING: Att. 26, Comp. 14 (53.8%), 195 yds., 3 TDs, 2 Int., 25 LP

2012 RUSHING:  20 for 103 yds. (5.2 avg.) 2 TDs, 18 LP     

Took over at starting QB as a Freshman midway through 2011 season when Patrick Morton was injured and took the team all the way to the State Championship

4-for-4 passing for 66 yards, 1 TD last week in semifinals

16-yard TD run in 1st Riverside game

13-yard TD run vs. Clark

 

14 JORDAN MORTON, WR, Sr., 5-11, 179

2012 RECEIVING:  15 for 223, 2 TDs. 30 LP, 14.8 avg. per catch

Twin brother of QB Patrick Morton

20-yard TD1

20-yard TD reception from his brother in 1st Riverside game

 

15 MALACHI DUPRE, WR, Jr., 6-4, 190

2012 RECEIVING:  35 for 809, 15 TDs, 72 LP, 23.1 avg. per catch

Offers from Tulane, LSU, Florida State, Ole Miss, UCLA, Vanderbilt, Tennessee

Caught 37-yard TD pass last week in semifinals

Caught at last one TD pass in last 10 games

Five games with two TD catches:

TD receptions of 11 and 29 yards in 1st Riverside game; finished with 4 for 64 yards

TD receptions of 7 and 17 yards vs. Clark

TD receptions of 58 and 38 yards vs. South Plaq; finished with 4 catches for 124 yards

TD receptions of 45 and 72 yards vs. North Webster in playoffs; totaled 3 for 136 yards

TD receptions of 34 and 48 yards vs. Riverside in playoff; totaled 3 for 104 yards  

in the state 2A track meet, named the meet’s Outstanding Performer by winning the triple jump and placing second in the high jump and fourth in the long jump as the Patriots won the team championship….all-Metro in the high jump (6-6)

 

20 BRANDON PORTER, DB, Sr., 5-11, 200

Committed to San Diego State

52-yard INT return vs. Riverside in playoffs

 

22 DONTAE JONES, RB, Soph., 5-11, 200

2012 RUSHING:  16 for 236 yds. (14.8 avg.) 3 TDs, 45 LP

 

23 RICHARD ALLEN, DB,  Sr., 5-10, 181

2102 DEFENSE:  3 interceptions

2012 PUNT RETURNS: 15 for 472 yds. 31.5 avg., 63 LP, 4 TDs

2012 KICKOFF RETURNS: 3 for 127 yds., 42.4 avg., 63 LP 

Committed to Tulane  

63-yard Kickoff return set up Curtis first TD vs. St. Paul

42-yard punt return for TD in 1st Riverside game

38-yard punt return for TD vs. Clark

55-yard punt return for TD vs. South Plaq

61-yard punt return for TD vs. Pope John Paul II in playoffs

T-P All-metro Team in 2011…T-P 2012 Preseason All-Metro

 

24 RAEKWON JAMES, RB, Jr., 5-9, 186

2012 RUSHING:  34 for 323 yds. (9.5 avg.) 9 TDs, 60 LP

Missed 4 games with ankle injury sustained in Clark game; returned last week vs. Springfield and scored Curtis’s first touchdown on a 15-yard run, had 4 carries for 54 yards in the game  

TD runs of 24 & 37 yards vs. St. Pauls

8 carries 72 yards, 9.0 avg. vs. St. Pauls

60-yard TD run vs. Newman

 

30 DEVON BENN, RB, Fr., 5-9, 168

2012 RUSHING:  17 for 154 yds, (9/1 avg.) 3 TDs, 52 LP

 

33 SHERMAN BADIE, RB, Sr., 5-10, 198

2012 RUSHING:  63 for 723 yds. (11.5 avg.) 15 TD, 64 LP

2012 RECEIVING:  9 for 292 yds., 2 TDs, 66 LP, 32.4 avg. per catch

Committed to Tulane

Scored on TD runs of 46 and 18 in the first quarter vs. Springfield last week  

Scored 3 TDs vs. Plant—runs of 3 and 7 yards from scrimmage and a 40-yard TD on a fake punt

finished with 10  carries for 92 yards, a 9.2 avg. vs. Plant 

Caught a 66-yard TD pass vs. East St. John

56-yard  run and 25 yard reception for TDs vs. South Plaq

TD runs of 51 and 64 yards vs. Pope John Paul II in playoffs (his only 2 carries in the game)

TDs on 56-yard reception and 7-yard run vs. Riverside in playoffs

T-P 2012 Preseason Blue Chip & All-Metro Player of the Year

All-State RB in 2011

T-P All-Metro in 2011

All-District 9-2A Offensive Player of the year in 2011

 

34 MYLES WASHINGTON, RB, Soph., 6-0, 203

2012 RUSHING:  31 for 201 yds. (6.5 avg.)  1 TD, 41 LP

 

37 BRANDON RICHOUX, PK, Sr., 5-8, 155

2012 PLACE KICKING:  28 PATs

  

40 DUKE RILEY, LB, Sr., 5-7, 215

2012 TACKLES:  114 (86 unassisted)

Offers to date from Tulane, Ole Miss, TCU, Arizona State, Minnesota, Houston

15 tackles (10 unassisted) last week in semifinals vs. Springfield

15 tackles (11 unassisted) vs. East St. John

12 Tackles (10 unassisted) vs. St. Paul

11 tackles (10 unassisted) vs. Riverside in playoffs

10 tackles (8 unassisted) vs. Plant

55-yard INT return for TD in 1st Riverside game

T-P 2012 Preseason Blue Chip List

T-P 2012 preseason All-Metro Defensive Player of the Year.

Named Outstanding Defensive Player on 2011 LSWA Class 2A All-State Team

T-P All-Metro Defensive Player of the Year in 2011

All-district 92a Defensive Player of the Year in 2011

State champ in the discus in 2011

All-Metro in discus throw

 

42 KENNY YOUNG, LB, Jr., 6-1, 208

2012 TACKLES:  77 (60 unassisted)

Offers from Tulane, Ole Miss

11 tackles (8 unassisted) last week vs. Springfield in semifinals

 

43 JOSIAH PERNICIARO, RB, Jr., 5-8, 165

2012 RUSHING:  18 for 108 yds. (6.0 avg.) 1 TD, 26 LP

 

44 BARON CLOFER, DL, Sr., 6-1, 188

2012 DEFENSE:  7 sacks

 

48 FRED BEAUFORD, LB, Sr., 5-11, 200

2012 TACKLES:  49 (37 unassisted) 5 sacks

 

50 BRANDON GODFREY, OL , Sr., 5-10, 285

Committed to Tulane

Started at center in 2011; moved to left tackle this year 

T-P Preseason All-Metro Team….All-District in 2011

 

52 ERIC THOMAS, LB, Sr.,6-4, 225

2012 TACKLES:  72 (55 unassisted) 6 sacks

Committed to Tulane

Out with broken ankle    

His hit on Plant QB Aaron  Banks forced a fumble that set up a Curtis touchdown vs. Plant

13 tackles (10 unassiste) 3 sacks vs. Carver

All-Metro in shot put (57-8.5)

 

78 ANTHONY TAYLOR, OL, Sr., 6-7, 330

 T-P 2012 Preseason all-Metro

Class 2A All-State in 2011…T-P All-Metro Team in 2011….state shot put champ in 2011

all-Metro in shot put (58-7.5).

 

82 AUSTIN LINDEN, KICKER, Jr., 6-0, 195

2012 PLACE KICKING:  40 PAT, 4 field goals

2012 PUNTING:  9 for 30.4 avg.  46 longest, 6 downed inside the 20   

His kickoffs and superb coverage frequently result in opponents starting from inside their own 20.

40-yard field goal vs.Cohen

39 & 28-yard field goals in 1st Riverside game

28-yard field goal vs. North Webster in playoffs

 

88 BRYCE ESTES, KICKER, Jr., 6-2, 178

2012 PUNTING:  5 for 302. avg. 44 LP, 2 downed inside the 20

 

93 ISIAH WILLIAMS, DL, Jr., 6-0, 243

2012 TACKLES: 67 (50 unassisted) 4 sacks

 

95  CYLE CORTEZ, DL, Sr., 6-0, 264

2012 TACKLES:  83 (63 unassisted) 5 sacks

Offer from SLU

11 tackles (8 unassisted) last week vs. Springfield in semifinals

11 tackles (8 unassisted) vs. East St. John

2 sacks, 8 tackles (6 unassisted) vs. Newman

10 tackles (7 unassisted) vs. South Plaq 

 T-P 2012 Preseason All-Metro….All-District in 2011

 

96 SPENCER LEMOINE, DL, Sr., 6-1, 239

2012 TACKLES:  40 (32 unassisted) 4 sacks

His fumble recovery set up Curtis third TD vs. Plant and came just two plays after Plant’s only glimmer of hope—their first and only first down before halftime

 

 

CURTIS DEFENSE NOTES—Held Plant to one first down and a total net gain of 4 yards midway through the 2nd quarter while the offense rolled to a 27-0 lead vs. Plant

CURTIS OFFENSE NOTES—Pulled away from St. Pauls with 3 touchdowns late in the game….scored TDs on first 4 possessions vs. Plant, which shut out a vaunted opponent (Tampa Jesuit, 18-0, in its opening game)….first punt vs. Plant came with 2:44 left in 3rd Quarter, Curtis leading 27-0….was 0-for-6 on third down conversions vs. Plant (this is correct); 3-for-3 in fourth down conversions.

 

JOHN CURTIS FOOTBALL COACHING STAFF

Head Coach & Athletic Director, J.T. Curtis

Offense—Mike Robertson, Offensive Linemen; Jerry Godfrey, Offensive Linemen; Jeff Curtis, Quarterbacks and Running Backs; Matt Curtis, Wide Receivers; Eros Sanchez, Quarterbacks & Special Teams; Scott Gomez, Wide Receivers

Defense—Leon Curtis, Inside Linebackers; Johnny Curtis, Outside Linebackers & Special Teams; Steve Curtis, Outside Linebackers; Tommy Fabacher, Defensive Backs; Jarrod Fabacher, Defensive Backs; Darryl Heyl, Inside Linebackers; Lance Rickner, Defensive Linemen; Jonathan Mailhes, Defensive Linemen

 

Trainers—Bobbie Hirsch, Herbi Estes

Team Doctors—Dr. Jim Hamsa, Dr. Donald Fabacher, Dr. Jeff Burns, Dr. Jimmy Burns

 

 

 

 

 

Profile: Coach J. T. Curtis

Updated 12-1-12

J. T. Curtis, head football coach at John Curtis Christian School in River Ridge, LA, continues to reach milestones unparalleled in the sport. He reached  the 500-win mark during the 2011 season,  making him  only the second coach in history—high school, college or professional--to reach that remarkable milestone.  His 2012 teams is currently undefeated and is ranked #1 in the nation in the Rivals.com Top 100.  His team enters the playoffs as the top seed in Class 2A; if they win the Championship, it would be his 25th, accomplished in just 44 seasons at a school that is celebrating its 50th year of existence.  

His current record is 519-54-6, a winning percentage of 90.2%

After going 0-10 his first year of coaching in 1969¸ Curtis has never had a losing record since.  Spanning a total of 44 seasons (including 2012 to date), Curtis’ teams have:

  • Won 24 state championships in 31 trips to the title game (both state records).
  • Reached the state championship game for 17 consecutive years (1996-2012), winning 12 times in that stretch.
  • Won 5 straight championships (2004-08), also a state record.
  • Recorded double-digit victories (10 or more wins) for 37 consecutive seasons—since 1st State Championship team—(1975-2012)
  • Record of 519-44-6 after 1st (0-10) season is winning percentage of 91.7%.
  • Won the district championship 37 of the last 38 seasons, including 2012.
  • Reached the state playoffs the past 38 consecutive seasons, including 2012.
  • Reached the state playoffs a total of 40 times, including 2012
  • Posted 12 perfect seasons, including 2011 (2012 team is currently 13-0).
  • Been undefeated in the regular season 19 times, including 2012.

Curtis, who reaches his 66th birthday on Dec. 6, 2012, has also coached the Patriots to six state baseball championships. In addition to his coaching responsibilities, Curtis is the school’s headmaster and athletic director, and he is an ordained minister.He is a devoted family man with 10 grandchildren and numerous family ties to the school’s administration and coaching staff.  His father, the Rev. John Curtis, Sr., founded the school in 1962.

 

Legendary Company--by Total Career Victories (through 12-1-12)

601  *John McKissick, Summerville, SC, High School, 61 seasons, 762 games, 601-148-13 (.796)

518  **J.T. Curtis, John Curtis High School, 44th season, 578 games, 519-54-6 (.902)

485  *John Gagliardi, Carroll College. MT. St. John’s Univ. MN, 64 seasons, 634 games 489-138-11(.775)

469  **Larry Campbell, Lincoln County, GA, High School, 40th season, 553 games, 470-80-3  (.853)          

409  Joe Paterno, Penn State, 45seasons, 548 games, 409-136-3  (.749)

408  Eddie Robinson, Grambling State Univ., 46 seasons,  588 games, 408-165-15 (.707)

377  Bobby Bowden, Samford, West Virginia, Florida St., 44 seasons, 510 games, 377-129-4 (.743)

347  Don Shula, Baltimore Colts, Miami Dolphins, 33 seasons, 526 games, 347-173-6 (.665)

323  Bear Bryant, Maryland, Kentucky, Texas A&M, Alabama, 38 seasons, 425 games, 323-85-17 (.780)

319  Pop Warner, Georgia,Cornell,Carlisle,Pitt,Stanford,Temple,44 seasons,457 games,319-106-32(.733)

318  George Halas, Chicago Bears, 40 seasons, 318-148-31 497 games (.682)

       *still active, records include 2012 season, completed   **records to date, still playing in 2012 season

 

 

 

THE CHAMPIONSHIP YEARS

Year Class (Record) Result, Site

1975 2A (12-1-1)  John Curtis 13, Notre Dame 12  Tad Gormley (City Park) Stadium

1977 2A (12-1)  John Curtis 45, Jonesboro-Hodge 0  Tulane Stadium

1979 2A (12-1)  John Curtis 28, Patterson 0  Louisiana Superdome

1980* 2A(15-0)  John Curtis 21, Jonesboro-Hodge 3  Superdome

1981* 2A (15-0)  John Curtis 21, E. D. White 17  Superdome

1983* 2A (14-0)  John Curtis 38, Belle Chasse 0  Superdome

1984* 2A (15-0)  John Curtis 23, Ferriday 7  Superdome

1985* 3A (13-0)  John Curtis 28, Wossman 0  Superdome

1987* 3A (13-1)  John Curtis 27, Amite 14  Superdome

1988* 3A  (12-1)  John Curtis 14, Washington-Marion 7  Superdome

1990* 3A (15-0)  John Curtis 42, Washington-Marion 13   Superdome

1993* 4A (14-0)  John Curtis 42, Wossman 14  Superdome

1996* 4A (14-0)  John Curtis 28, Crowley 7  Superdome

1997* 4A (13-1)  John Curtis 21, Eunice 6 Superdome

1998* 4A (13-0)  John Curtis 20, Eunice 7  Superdome

1999* 4A (13-1)  John Curtis 16, Capitol 0  Superdome

2001* 4A (14-1)  John Curtis 30, Baker 0  Superdome

2002* 4A (14-1)  John Curtis 16, O.P. Walker 14  Superdome

2004* 4A (14-0)  John Curtis 29, Northside 14  Superdome

2005** 2A (10-1)  John Curtis 31, St. Charles Catholic 6   Shreveport

2006* 2A (14-0)  John Curtis 41, St. Charles Catholic 7  Superdome

2007* 2A (12-2)  John Curtis 28, St. James 13  Superdome

2008* 2A (14-1)  John Curtis 35, Evangel 14  Superdome

2011* 2A (14-0)  John Curtis 33, Winnfield 3  Superdome

 

*LHSAA Superdome Classic (now State Farm Prep Classic) played in Louisiana Superdome

**game moved to Independence Stadium, Shreveport, due to Hurricane Katrina

Note—Curtis played up in classification between 1985 and 2004 before a rule change by the LHSAA prohibited teams from playing in larger classifications

 

The Championships:  Curtis has won state titles in three different classifications, 12 in Class 2A, 4 in class 3A, and 8 in Class 4A.  The school’s enrollment has been a constant in Class 2A; Curtis chose to “play up” against larger classification teams when winning 12 titles in 3A and 4A, but that ended when the LHSAA changed its rules in 2005, disallowing the play up option.  Curtis’ record in championship games is 8-3 vs. Class 4A teams (1994-2004), 4-1 vs. Class 3A teams (1985-90), and 12-3 vs. Class 2A teams (1975-84 and 2005-11).

The Honors:  J. T. Curtis was inducted into the Louisiana College Hall of Fame (his alma mater) in 1994 and the Louisiana High School Athletic Assn. Hall of Fame in 1992.  When he was elected into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame in 2010, he was only the second active coach so honored.  He has been named the Louisiana Sport Writers Assn.”Coach of the Year” five times and the Louisiana Football Coaches Assn. “Coach of the Year” nine times. 

The Start:  When the Rev. John Curtis, Sr., the school’s founder, gave the keys to the football program to his then 22-year old son in 1969, J.T. prepared 39 playbooks and was greeted by six players for the first practice. The roster later swelled to 24, and Curtis’ first venture into coaching netted an 0-10 record and a total of two touchdowns.  Success soon followed. The following year, Curtis rolled up an 8-1-1 record and earned the first playoff berth in school history.

 

The Stadium:   There isn’t one. Curtis has built the program without ever having a true home-field advantage.  The Patriots play most of their “home” games at Muss Bertolino Stadium in Kenner, 6.3 miles Northwest of the Curtis high school campus in River Ridge, and occasional games at a larger venue, Joe Yenni Stadium in Metairie, 3.5 miles Northeast.  22 of Curtis’ 24 State championships have been won in the Louisiana Superdome.  

The Hurricane:  When Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005 it inflicted major damages to the school and wiped out dozens of homes belonging to students and family, widely dispersing them across the country.  The Curtises diligently worked to get their properties and their lives back together.  The team served as the rallying cry for the extended school family, and the team remarkably rolled through the season.  It ended with a 350-mile trek to Shreveport to play in the championship game (which was moved from the Superdome because of the storm damage), where the Patriots scored an uniquely emotional triumph, beating St Charles Catholic, 31-6.  The moving story is chronicled in Neal Thompson’s book, “Hurricane Season” published by Simon & Schuster in 2007.

Signature Wins: A 14-0 win over Delta Heritage in game 2 of the 1970 season was Curtis’ first coaching victory after losing his first 11 games.  It started an eight-game winning streak, the first seven by shutouts, before a first-round playoff loss ended the season, a resounding 8-2 turnaround.  A 17-10 victory over Independence in 1970 was Curtis’ first playoff win, and the first state championship came on a 13-12 triumph over Notre Dame (Crowley) in 1975.  Curtis upset the no. 1-ranked team in the nation, Hoover (Ala.), 28-14, in the fourth game of the 2006 season.  Played at Hoover, the game was nationally televised.  Curtis moved up to #1 until the final poll, when its’ #2 ranking was the school’s highest finish in history to date.  Career win number 500 was on Oct. 27, 2011, when Curtis defeated Clark 49-6 at Joe Yenni Stadium with 250 of Curtis’ former players in attendance.  In a game rated by Rivals.com as the best matchup in the country between two out-of-state opponents in the 2012 season, Curtis defeated Plant (Tampa. FL), the defending Florida Class 8A State Champion, 33-3, in the Sugar Bowl prep Classic in the Louisiana Superdome.  The win vaulted Curtis into the top 5 in most national high school prep polls.

 

The Family:  Rev. John Curtis, Sr., the school’s founder, and his wife, Merle, had five children, all of whom work at the school today: J.T., his brother Leon, and his three sisters, Alicia, Kathy and Deborah.  J.T.’s wife, Lydia, sings the national anthem at the home games after the invocation by Larry Manguno, Merle’s brother, who has been principal at the high school since 1964.   J.T. and Lydia have two sons, John Thomas Curtis III, “Johnny,” and Jeff, both members of the coaching staff. His oldest child, Joanna is married to Tommy Fabacher, a member of the 1987 JCCS graduating class who went on to start at defensive back at LSU.  They have two daughters:  Reaghan (14) and Rylee (11).  Johnny is married to JCCS volleyball coach Dawn Cabrera who is also a graduate of JCCS in 1991 and is the daughter of Lenny Cabrera who played football and graduated from JCCS in 1974.  They have three sons:  John Thomas Curtis IV “Jay.” (13), Michael (10) and Jason (7).  Jay helps the varsity football team as a team manager serving water and providing the kicking tees during the games.  Jeff Curtis is married to Toni Black, also an alumnus who graduated in 1995.  They have five children:  Anna (8),  Abbi (6), Jeffrey (4) and Avery (1) and Jackson (newborn), bringing the number of grandchildren for J.T. and Lydia to 10.  Prior to the birth of the children, Toni served on the faculty as a first grade teacher.

 

The Student-Athlete:  Curtis played at East Jefferson High School (in Metairie, LA) under Coach Bob Whitman, earning “All-State” honors as a 5-11, 210-pound offensive and defensive lineman.  He then played three years at the University of Arkansas, 1966, 1967, and 1968 under Coach Frank Broyles.  He finished his playing career at Louisiana College in Pineville, LA. in 1969.    He completed his bachelor’s degree at Loyola University in 1975 and later earned a master’s in education in 1988, also from Loyola.

The Faith:  A deeply religious man all of his life, J.T. was ordained as a Minister of the Gospel in June of 2011.   He has served as the pastor of Coliseum Place Baptist Church, which now meets on the high school campus, after the original church, located in the Central Business District of New Orleans, burned down following Hurricane Katrina.  The neatly painted sign on the fence, with arrows leading to the cafeteria, says “Curtis School on Sundays/10:30 a.m./School Cafeteria/Hear “God’s Game Plan,”/With Coach J.T. Curtis/All Ages Invited.”

The Educator:  Curtis has served as the Headmaster of the school since his father’s passing in 2005, continuing the tradition of excellence in and out of the classroom.  While daily duties include all the business aspects in a private school setting, he also spends time counseling parents and students, encouraging and supporting the teaching staff, dealing with college coaches and recruiting, and fielding about 100 telephone calls a day regarding an assortment of issues.  Since Hurricanes Katrina and Gustav damaged two sets of buildings at the lower school, he was also had to be involved in the negotiation process with FEMA to secure funds to replace those buildings.  Hundreds of hours of paperwork and meetings have resulted in a new academic center currently in the final stages of construction. The center will have administrative offices, a cafeteria with a full kitchen, a state of the art library, and 13 classrooms, with  completion during the 2012-13 academic year.

The Mentor:  Curtis has been featured in some of the most popular football clinics sponsored by the American Football Coaches Association, Glazier Clinics, and Nike Clinics.  Due to his responsibilities at the school and his church, in recent years he has been limited most often, however, to speak for college programs who have booked him on a contract basis to speak at the high school clinics they host for their area high school coaches. 

The Broadcaster:  Curtis is co-anchor of “Friday Night Football,” a weekly show featuring highlights of high school football games in the area, aired on ABC-26 in New Orleans.  His sidekick and the originator of the show is ABC-26 Sports Director Ed Daniels.  The two have done the show together since the start, in 1992.  It quickly grew into one of the most popular shows featuring high school sports in the country. “Friday Night Football” starts at 11:05 p.m., and has J.T. frequently rushing from sidelines to set, sometimes meeting a satellite truck halfway from a road contest.   

The Motivator:  Curtis is in demand as a speaker at conventions, business meetings and community organizations.   He is an active 35-year member of one of the leading service clubs in the New Orleans area, Kenner North Kiwanis, and served as president of that organization in 1991.

The School:  John Curtis Christian School is a private, Christian, non-denominational school located in River Ridge, a suburb West of New Orleans.  Curtis takes pride in  its’ history of success in academics as well as athletics, personified by the slogan, “Building Champions for Life.”  The enrollment is fewer than 450 students in grades 9-12 and under 850 total in K-12.  Many of its’ students are second and third generations from parents who attended Curtis.

The Academics:  More than 95 percent of graduates from John Curtis Christian School attend college.  Curtis students have won numerous awards in academic competition, and a Curtis Teacher, Cathy Boucvalt, was named National Teacher of the Year in 2012. A stately dark mahogany trophy case just outside the door to J.T. Curtis’ office is crammed with awards of all shapes and sizes, as expected.  None are from the State Championships or other sports achievements; instead, it contains three large marble pillars proclaiming “Prep Quiz Bowl,” various awards from the Louisiana Mock Trial Tournament, a half-dozen trophies in the Math and Propaganda Divisions of the Louisiana Tournament of Champions, a plaque from the American Mathematics Competition, and 14 mini replicas of Rodin’s “The Thinker” in varying hues of gold, silver and bronze from the Academic Games Nationals.        

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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