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Patriots steam roll into state championship with 40-6 victory over Evangel!

December 2, 2013
John Curtis Christian High School



A dominant John Curtis defense grounded the high-flying Evangel Eagles to carry the Patriots to a 40-6 win in the LHSAA Select Division II semifinals at Hoss Memtsas (West Jefferson) Stadium.

 

The victory carries Curtis into the State Championship for the 18th straight year, believed to be a national record.  Coach J. T. Curtis’ team is 13-4 in that stretch and is seeking its 26th title—also a national mark.  The game will be played Thursday afternoon at 4:30 p.m. on Dec 12 in the Louisiana Superdome.

 

Curtis totally took over in the second and third quarters, scoring all of 40 of their points during that run.  The second quarter began fittingly with an interception by defensive back Hunter Dale, who later put the exclamation point on the quarter with a 70-yard return of a blocked field goal attempt. Dale added yet another interception after halftime, capping a career night.

 

The defense held Evangel to one first down in the second quarter while taking a 20-0 lead.  It got better after halftime.  In the third quarter, Evangel had 5 possessions, no first downs, and a net of 4 yards of total offense in 16 plays, turning the ball over to the offense for scoring drives starting from the Evangel 24, 33 and 37 yard lines.

 

Special teams chipped in too on a key play that ended the first half.  With less than two minutes left and Curtis threatening while leading 13-0, the Eagles Robert Dunn intercepted a pass and set sail down the right sideline, headed for an apparent TD before G’Corey Fulilove chased him down from behind. After an incomplete pass, Evangel set up for a 41-yard field goal try with :04 on the clock.  Prine Lewis slashed in from the left side to block the kick, and Dale picked it up off the turf and raced 70 yards—with the clock expiring midway through his run—to give Curtis a comfortable 20-0 halftime cushion.

 

Myles Washington provided the first Patriot score on a breakaway 65-yard run. Washington put the frosting on the cake with matching 3-yard TD scampers in the third quarter. He rushed for 133 yards for the night on just four carries.  Washington also had a 5-yard sack to foil a fake punt as the Patriots gained momentum.

 

The Curtis offense got things going after a rough start, with the first three Patriot possessions ending in lost fumbles.  Curtis scored on five of its’ next eight drives; none requiring more than 4 plays.

 

After Washington’s first score, he became ill on the next possession.  Abby Touzet took over at quarterback and pitched a perfect 26-yard pass to Jacob Bordelon to make it 13-0.

 

While the band was still filing back into its seats, Curtis forced a three-and-out on Evangel’s first drive and started from the Eagle 24.  Raekwon James took it 21 yards on the first play and Devon Benn covered the final three as Curtis quickly stretched the lead to 27-0 less than two minutes into the half.

 

Two possessions later, Curtis started at the Evangel 33.  Washington needed just one play, a 33-yard jaunt to pay dirt.  Untimely penalties then beset the Patriots, as Malachi Dupre had a 52-yard TD reception called back because of a holding call, and Terrence Alexander’s 50-yard punt return was likewise thwarted by a penalty.

 

Curtis took over at the Evangel 37 after the second flag.  George Moreira punched out four yards, and then Washington again found the 33 –yard line to his liking, streaking to the final score of the contest.

 

An Evangel TD with 15 second left in the game avoided the shutout.

 

The win was the largest margin of victory in the short but spirited rivalry between Curtis and Evangel (the previous highest was 32 points when Curtis won 38-6 in the 2011 semifinals).  It also marked the first three-game winning streak in the series, in which Curtis now holds a 5-3 advantage.  From their second meeting in 2007 to date, Curtis is the only team that has defeated Evangel in the playoffs (the Eagles are 26-0 against others) and Evangel is the only team that has defeated Curtis in playoff competition (the Patriots are 29-0 vs. other teams in the six-plus years). 


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