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Another instant classic...this one doesn't go the Patriots' way!
October 10, 2013John Curtis Christian High School
St. Augustine scored the decisive points with 1:04 to play in a spectacular back-and-forth battle with John Curtis. The Purple Knights emerged with a 29-28 victory before a boisterous crowd at Tad Gormley Stadium and a national TV audience on ESPN2.
A two-point conversion capped the touchdown drive, marking the only time St. Aug had the lead in the titanic struggle. The Patriots had leads of 7-0, 14-6. 21-14 and 28-21, only to see the resilient Knights battle back each time.
The game was the fifth of the Patriots’ grueling pre-district schedule. The Patriots defeated Bergen Catholic (NJ), Karr and East St. John, while losing to St. Augustine and St. Thomas Aquinas (FL). Coach J.T. Curtis will now focus his team’s attention to newly-formed District 11-3A and the quest for a 26th State Championship. Curtis will open district play against one of the highest-ranked teams in the district, the St. Charles Comets, Friday night at Muss Bertolino Stadium; Curtis’ first home game of the season.
Changes in LHSAA rules allowed Curtis to move up one classification this year. The Patriots had a 103-7 record competing in Class 2A since 2005, winning six State championships in that 8-year stretch while extending their string of consecutive appearances in the championship game (The Allstate Sugar Bowl Prep Classic in the Louisiana Superdome) to 17. Another rule change this season offers a new championship format, with Curtis in the Select Division 2 (non-public) bracket.
Myles Washington scored two touchdowns on short bursts of 4 and 1 yards in his first start at quarterback, replacing the injured Abby Touzet He completed all four passes in a second quarter drive, with the scoring toss covering 12 yards to Malachi Dupre. Washington completed 7 of 12 passes for 51 yards while directing the Patriot offense to 281 yards of total offense.
George Moreira scored on a 12 yard run for Curtis’ fourth TD. The play was set up by a 34 yard scamper by Raekwon James. The pair helped Curtis mount an effective running game with 230 yards. Moriera had 128 yards on 18 carries and James accounted for 82 yards on 10 tries.
St. Augustine running back Leonard Fournette flashed his credential as one of the highest sought recruits in the country with 35 carries for 262 yards, scoring 2 TDs. The Purple Knights’ victory produced an even split with Curtis and Karr in the vaunted three-team rivalry, which produced three thrillers. Curtis defeated Karr 38-33 a week earlier, and Karr topped St. Aug, 33-24.