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Patriots start slow, finish fast...but not enough to overcome Aquinas
September 16, 2013By Jeff Curtis of John Curtis Christian High School
St. Thomas Aquinas flashed it's credentials as the #3 ranked team in the country by coming into the Louisiana Superdome and beating John Curtis 27-13. That snapped the Patriots victory streak at 29 games; Curtis had been ranked as high as #2 this season. The game was part of a doubleheader in the 3rd Annual Allstate Prep Showcase.
The Patriots continue one of the nation’s toughest schedules over the next three weeks. With a 22-mile trek to East St. John preceding two of the most anticipated matchups in recent years. Curtis will play Karr (ranked in the top 5 in most polls) in week four followed by formidable St. Augustine, led by the country’s top recruit in Leonard Fournette.
Curtis is now 1-1 after splitting with two ranked out-of-state opponents. The Patriots defeated Bergen Catholic of New Jersey 24-13 in the opener. St. Thomas Aquinas is defending its’ Florida Class 7A championship this season.
Junior running back Dontae Jones found daylight in the middle of the Raiders’ staunch defense and dashed 22 yards for the first Curtis TD in the third quarter. Quarterback AbbeTouzet capped a late drive with a four-yard run behind the middle of his offensive line.
Raekwon James was the workhorse among the four running backs used by Coach J. T. Curtis. James carried 19 times for 88 yards and George Moriera carried nine times for 38 yards. Touzet connected on 13 of 24 passes for 110 yards. Wide Receiver Malachi Dupre accounted for 59 of those passing yards and had a spectacular 40-yard reception erased by a holding penalty.
Kenny Young led the defense with 14 tackles for Curtis; Hezekiah White had 10.
After the two defenses dominated the first quarter, St. Thomas Aquinas broke through on a 31-yard TD pass from 6-4 quarterback Wade Freebek to Devante Peete. Mandre Lincoln tallied the next two Raider touchdowns. His one-yard run gave the visitors a 14-0 halftime lead, and he broke loose on a 61-yard ramble in the third quarter.
Inopportune fumbles thwarted two scoring opportunities against St. Thomas Aquinas. One came at the Raider 25 as Curtis was on a drive trying to answer the visitors’ first touchdown. The second happened as Curtis was crossing the goal line from three yards away, which stymied the Patriots best sustained drive of the game, early in the fourth quarter.