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One for the ages...Patriots win 38-33!

September 30, 2013
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Senior Running Back George Moreira scored the winning touchdown with 26.5 seconds left in the game as John Curtis prevailed 38-33 over homestanding Karr in a wild battle of high-ranked local teams.

Moreira’s TD was his third of the night capping an intense last-minute drive that had the packed house at Behrmann Stadium standing on its feet.  For the night, as he finished with a 160-yard effort on 19 carries.  That paced a potent Patriot infantry that ground out 306 yards behind a strong effort by the offensive line. 

The win was huge for Curtis in one of the most anticipated local matchup in years, with a statewide TV audience watching.  Karr was nationally ranked #5 (MaxPreps) #7 (RivalsHigh 100) and #18 (USA Today) and entered the game as defending Class 4A champions carrying a 16-game winning streak.  Curtis, now 3-1, came in at #20 (MaxPreps), #31 (USA Today) and #41 (Rivals) .

Curtis has won 31of its last 32 games while facing one its most challenging schedules in recent years this season.  The win over Karr advances the Curtis record to 3-1.  It doesn’t get any easier next week, when the Patriots head to City Park Stadium to play St. Augustine, a team that Karr defeated a week ago with a stirring fourth-quarter comeback.

Comeback was the key word of the titanic struggle in the Curtis-Karr contest—Karr staging a huge comeback in the middle if the game to overcome a huge lead, and Curtis making a stirring comeback in the final minutes with a pressure-packed scoring drive..  

Moreira scored touchdowns on Curtis’ first two possessions of the game on runs of 16 and 7 yards.  After a safety when the Karr was flagged for intentional grounding in the end zone, Dontae Jones scored on a 22-yard run and the Patriots had a 23-0 lead in the first quarter.

Karr answered, but quarterback Myles Washington capped a Curtis drive with a one-yard run to make it 30-6.  Myles Washington was running the offense, replacing starter Abby Touzet, who was sidelined with a broken collar bone late in the first quarter. 

The Patriots scored on three of their first four possessions and seemingly had the game under control. But the Cougars still loomed as a dangerous foe, with quick-strike capabilities and a multitalented quarterback in Speedy Noil.  Karr came roaring back to cut it to 30-20 at halftime, then took the lead 33-30 with 5:54 left in the game.

Karr was driving for a clinching score on it next series, reaching the Curtis 20 before a pivotal interception by Hunter Dale kept the Patriots hopes alive.   After an exchange of punts, Curtis mounted its final drive with 2:29 remaining.

With the crowd on its’ feet, Moreira ran for 7 yards on a do-or-die fourth-and-one, moving the ball to the Cougar 21.  Two plays later wide receiver Malachi Dupre took the pitch on a wide sweeping end-around and raced 18 yards around to the left sideline before diving down to the 4-yard line.  The clock stopped at 31.1 seconds.

On the next play, Moreira slashed it in from there behind a push from the middle and left side of his offensive front, and one of the most remarkable Curtis comebacks in history was in the record books for all intents and purposes. The Patriots inadvertently scored two extra points by turning a bad snap into a successful pass to account for the 38-33 advantage.

Noil, who spearheaded the Cougars’ midgame comeback with his pinpoint passing (four touchdowns) went to work again in desperation time.  But the game ended near midfield when Mike Corcoran smothered Noil for a 20-yard sack as time ran out, sparking a celebration by the large contingent of Curtis fans.

Washington was Curtis’ 2nd leading ground-gainer with 66 yard in 14 carries including the one touchdown.  Kenny Young again led the defense with 20 solo tackles and Hezekiah White had 11 stops.  The Patriots blocked two Cougar PAT kicks, one each by Marshall “Bo” Wallace and Terrence Alexander. 

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