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Saturday, September 1
2007 Information...

Sorry for the lack of coverage so far this season on our site. We are in the process of upgrading our site to bigger and better things and look forward to it's very soon to be launch. We promise it won't disapoint you! The launch date was originally going to be September 1st, but had to be pushed back a bit. Stay tuned for more information to come very soon. While we await the launch, the Patriots defeated the Fontainebleau Bulldogs in the Jamboree 22-0 and have defeated the Mandeville Skippers 20-3 in the season opener. The Patriots travel to play at East St. John next Friday night.


The Patriots defense throttled the high powered East St. John offense in the highly anticipated matchup between the two teams.  The Wildcats were the last team to defeat the Patriots nearly two years ago.  The defense also scored two touchdowns as Conner Mullins pounced on a fumble in the endzone, which gave the Patriots a 28-0 lead at the time.  Leading up to that, Blaine LeBlanc scored two touchdowns, one on the first posession of the game, and Matt Saucier scored the other.  Capping off the scoring was a Jonathan McKnight interception return for a TD that made the final score 34-7.  The Wildcats lone score came on a kickoff return for a TD. 

Tuesday, May 29
2007 Tentative Schedule...

August 24   Jamboree at Mandeville vs. Fontainebleau
August 31   at Mandeville
September 7 at East St. John
Sept. 14    at Salmen
Sept. 21    at Longview, Texas
Sept. 28    **OPEN**
October 5   vs. Fisher (D)
Oct. 12    vs. Riverside (D)
Oct. 19    vs. Lusher (D) or **OPEN**
Oct. 26    vs. St. James (D)
November 2 vs. Newman (D)

Sunday, December 24
Joe McKnight selected Mr. Football!!

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Congratulations to Joe on being selected Mr. Football in the state of Louisiana. Click the headline for the official announcement. Joe also has been nominated for two national awards. Joe went on trips to Phoenix and New York for both of these awards. Joe went to Phoenix for the EAS National Speed and Strength Athlete of the Year and was one of four finalists. He went to New York for the U.S. Army Ken "Sugarland" Hall National Player of the Year. Joe is one of five finalists for the Ken Hall award. He will find out if he is the winner the week he goes to San Antonio for the U.S. Army All-American game.

Saturday, December 9
2006 STATE CHAMPS!!!!!!!

Postgame in the locker room when J.T. addressed the team, he stated "If there is a better team in the country, I sure would like to play their butts." After Friday night's dominating performance in the title game, the Patriots assured themselves of a top 5 ranking in all seven of the national polls, reaching as high as #2. Also, the Times-Picayune said if there is a better player in the country than Joe McKnight, then they would like to see him. Joe finished with sort of a ho-hum night for himself statistical-wise, but when the opponent changes their entire defense to try to stop one player, it opens up everything else for all of the other players on the field. That's just what happened in the game. David Seeman, who was the games MVP, rushed for 130 yards on 16 carries. Darryl Brister rushed for 86 yards on 11 carries. QB's Kyle Collura and Matt Saucier combined for 153 yards on 18 carries with Collura getting 88 and Saucier 65. So, the distribution of yardage was all over the field Friday night. Those players show up in the stat sheet. But, what doesn't show up in the stat sheet is the dominating performance of the Patriot offensive line. Coached by Mike Robertson and Jerry Godfrey, the O-Line paved the way for a 526 total yard performance, with 432 yards coming via the run. Seeman worked the left side behind Ruston Rodrigue and Andrew Nierman. Brister and McKnight worked the right side behind Mike Collins and Chris DuSaules. Jeff Middleton rotated in with DuSaules and Lawrence Singleton checked in and spelled Collins. Tight end Kevin Wild worked both sides and did a tremendous job as well. Jacob Dufrene and Blake Lachute rotated in in the Patriots' two-tight end set. Bryan Munch was the center and played hard all night long owning the middle. We can't leave out the receivers down field blocking effort as well. McKnight, though double-covered all night, threw many blocks in the secondary to spring long runs. Arthur Wardsworth made a key block as well. Vincent Allen, Wayne Poole, P.J. Smith, and Stephen Bourgeois rotated all night long and got in the mix. What can you say about the Patriot defense though. After three quarters of play, the Comets had just 16 yards of total offense! The Comets ended the game with 56 total yards. In the four games played in the last two years, the Patriot defense has given up 0 touchdowns to the Comets! Yes, that's right...NONE! Masterful preparation by the defensive coaches Leon, Tommy, Johnny, Preston, Lance and Steve helped pave the way for that feat. But, it was the players who executed it to perfection! Outside linebackers Jacob Dufrene, Preston Numa, Chris Hawley and Conner Mullins had the size and speed to keep the Comet running backs and quaterbacks contained in the pocket. That forced them into the middle where Jonathan English, Chris Nickolson, Mike Henry, Jerahmie Collins, and Ian Nicholson were waiting. Linebackers got in the mix as well stopping both the pass and the run. Mike Walker, Lincston Jones and Kenny Cain shut down any threat the Comets would have. In the secondary, the Patriots limited the comets to just 34 yards on 22 attempts. Colby Arceneaux hassled slot receivers and running backs out of the backfield all-night long. Kelby Wuertz, Robby Green, Alex Lauricella, P.J. Smith, and Linwood Narcisse covered receivers like blankets from start to finish. It was a complete team-effort, was this twenty-first state title. We could not be any more proud of the focus and determination of this team. There were a lot of pats on the back along the way. The team easily could have lost focus. But, to their credit, they remained focused and no one really came close to touching the Patriots all year long. There were no letdown's or slip-up's, so credit the team. They practiced hard, prepared hard, worked hard, and it ultimately paid off as they can claim that they are one of the best in the country and rank up there as one of the Patriots top team's ever. That's saying a lot for a program that has 21 titles! They had to seal the deal to accomplish those feats and they did Friday in the 'Dome. I'd get into the specifics of the game, but just know this, the Patriots dominated from start to finish in all three phases of the game. Perhaps, turining in their best overall performance of the year. It's hard to see this senior class go. There are guys on this team who have been here since Kindergarten and some who just came this year...and everywhere in between. What's great is how these boys turned into young men and learned valuable life-lessons along the way. They walk away from this season better men for going through the things they went through. If they can apply the focus, determination, and dedication that they showed throughout the season, in life, they will be successful at whatever path they choose to take. That's what this is about, not a game. These young men need to be proud to hold that trophy up in the air, but even prouder when they put that kind of effort into a job and bring home that first pay check they've worked so hard for...or, prouder when they decide to walk the aisle and become a successful husband...or, even prouder when they have that child and decide to be a successful father. I could go on and on, but know this for sure, Once a Patriot...Always a Patriot! It never leaves you and these lessons learned will never either! We love you guys and are extremely proud to call you "ours"!

Friday, September 1
2006 Team Picture and Individual Photos are up...

2006 John Curtis Christian Patriots
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The 2006 team picture and individual photos of the players are up on the Meet the Patriots page or by clicking the headline above.

Thursday, May 11
Tony Bua video from an ESPN "Jacked Up" Segment

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Check out the video...It's AWESOME!!
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2005 State Champs!!!

We're #1!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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On August 27th the John Curtis Patriot football team finished up practice on a Saturday morning following the Jamboree game against Fountainebleu and began preparations for their next opponent, Cottonwood, Utah. On December 9th, the Patriot team celebrated it's 20th state title in the school's history with a 31-6 victory in the championship game against St. Charles Catholic. Seems ordinary enough for a Patriot football team, considering it's the school's 20th title in 30 years. However, what happened in between those two games was anything but ordinary! We all know the devastation of Hurricane's Katrina and Rita and how it changed so many lives and so much of our everyday normalcy. What the 2005 Patriot football team accomplished should be applauded and commended twice over. Not one senior football player missed out on their senior season, as all of them made it back from evacuation and returned to their "homes"...either their residence or our school. It seemed to be a fitting end for these seniors, when three months ago their were so many questions and trials that each was facing. Their dedication, hard work, persistance and love of the school and it's program is what drove this senior class to record it's state record 20th championship. We, as a school, will be eternally grateful for them and love each one of them very much. Now, on to the game.

The setting was quite different than any championship game each team member had ever been a part of. Their was not one thing about the game that was routine in any way. It was cold, outdoor, sunny, no Mr. Curtis, Sr. in his white suit, and the Patriots donned red pants for the first time ever. However, once the game started, the Patriots were about as routine as could be. The defense was the story of the day as it dominated the Comets from the start. The Patriots held the Comets to just 178 yards of total offense, with 91 of those coming on the last drive of the game, and just 55 yards total rushing. The defense kept the Comet offense off of the scoreboard, with the Comets only points coming on a fumble return for a TD. The defense also produced points on a Jacob Dufrene sack and score in the second quarter.

The Patriot offense moved the ball well early in the game, but two turnovers deep in Comet territory evaporated Patriot drives. The defense forced three straight 3-and-outs and Joe McKnight hauled in a punt at the Patriot 45 yard line. Three fierce blocks by Colby Arceneaux, John Ruttley and Jonathan English sprung McKnight loose and he made the punter miss and waltzed into the endzone for a 6-0 lead. Kelby Weurtz then intercepted a Comet pass and ran 31 yards to set up Kyle Collura's 3 yard QB sneak for a 12-0 lead, following two missed extra point attempts. Dufrene's touchdown gave the Patriots an 18-0 lead. On the try for two points following the TD, Kyle Collura's pass fell incomplete and his head fell victim to the Independence Bowl turf. Collura took a good hit and his head whiplashed to the ground and was knocked coo-coo and was taken out of the game by the John Curtis medical staff. To end the first half, the Comets faced third and goal from the Patriot three yard line with just :09 seconds remaining and out of timeouts. The Comets tried to pass, and under heavy pressure, the Comet QB threw to their star player #5 Casey Robottom. McKnight stepped in front and hauled in the pass and raced down the Patriot sideline for an apparent 97 yard TD. However, the TD was called back on a penalty, but the Patriots had sapped away any momentum the Comets tried to get. In the second half, on the Patriots' first possession of the third quarter, QB Matt Saucier threw a hitch pass to McKnight and sophomore P.J. Smith had a great block and McKnight found his way into the endzone for a 24-0 lead. A fumbled pitchout was then returned for a TD by the Comets and following a failed 2-point attempt, the Patriots led 24-6. The nail in the coffin was hammered down, again by Joe, with a 58 yard TD run, which sealed his MVP performance voted on by the media covering the game. Joe shifted the accolades to his teammates quoting that the defense played so well that the entire defense deserved the award and that the punt return was set up by great blocking. Also, on his yards, the O-Line had great blocking and P.J. had a great block on the hitch pass. All he had to do was run to the endzone. Junior running back David Seeman finished with 89 yards rushing on 13 carries. Contrast that to the MVP performance by St. Charles Catholic running back who had 62 yards rushing on 13 carries.

The Patriots were truly an unstoppable force in this year's playoffs. Yes, the Patriots struggled to find their groove in early Post-Katrina games against East St. John and Choctawhatchee, Florida. But, I don't think anybody will argue with the end result. Clearly, the Patriots established themselves as not only the top team in 2A, but possibly the top team in ANY classification. Thank you to the seniors of 2005: Randelle Leggette, Lance Frazier, Alvin Scott, Scotty Encalade, Blaine Roberts, Tony Friedman, Scott Makepeace, Josh Medley, Matt Snyder, John Ruttley, Chris Tusch, Steven Kurtz, Stephen Champagne, Oscar Ponce deLeon and Mike Klein. To the juniors, it's your turn to continue the legacy laid before you and try to duplicate or excede what the seniors before you have done. To the rest of the underclassmen, don't take a day for granted, because there are 15 guys listed here who would love to do it all over again!

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Alumni, supporters, anyone around the world wanting to contribute to John Curtis Christian Schools efforts during the distress of Hurricane Katrina can now do so. You can donate in any way possible. If you wish to donate monies to school, you can do so be writing a check to:

John Curtis Christian School Special Fund
10125 Jefferson Hwy.
River Ridge, LA 70123

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Go be with the Lord Mr. Curtis, Sr.!!

John T. Curtis, Sr. watches one of his last football games....
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Reverand John T. Curtis, Sr. has fought his last fight, won his final battle (his championship, if you will). He has passed on to be with the Lord, his Saviour, on this Monday evening at approximately 6:30 P.M. with his family in his home and by his bedside. Mr. Curtis triumphantly returned to his Master, the Lord Jesus Christ, with honor, dignity, and elegance. He is unlike any human being we have ever known. He will be remembered and missed by all involved in "our" John Curtis Christian School family. Thank you to all of those people who have shown their support during Mr. Curtis' time of sickness. The family is truly blessed to have people like you in our lives. Mrs. Merle is at peace and is doing fine, so don't worry about her.

John T. Curtis, Sr. realized his dream in 1962 when he started John Curtis Christian School from scratch on the untraveled ground on Jefferson Highway and Manguno Road in tiny River Ridge. With five children and a faithful, loving, devoted wife, he became the "father" of so many students that came through "his" doors and attended his school. To those parents and students...thank you for entrusting yourselves to the Curtis family and look forward to continuing the legacey that Mr. Curtis started 43 years ago.

Mr. Curtis, Sr. was the pastor of Coliseum Place Baptist Church for 30+ years, and started countless other churches doing missionary work all around the United States when he was a young pastor. He is survived by his wife Merle Phae Manguno Curtis, sister Ruth Barcelona, brother Harold Curtis, sons J.T. and Leon, daughters Debbie Curtis Eutsler, Kathy Curtis Rickner and Alicia Curtis Naccari, grandchildren Joanna Curtis Fabacher, Johnny Curtis, Jeff Curtis, Preston Curtis, Matt Curtis, Steve Curtis, Lance Rickner, Ashley Rickner, Robby Eutsler, Rebekah Eutsler, Paul Naccari, and Sarah Naccari, great-grandchildren, Reaghan Fabacher, Rylee Fabacher, John Thomas(Jay) Curtis IV, Michael Curtis, Anna Curtis, Abbi Curtis and Zoe Curtis.

Visitation will be held at Celebration Church on Airline Hwy. on Friday from 9-12, with the funeral right after, followed by the burial at Garden of Memories. In lieu of flowers, one can donate to the John Thomas Curtis, Sr. Memorial Fund via John Curtis Christian School.

Mr. Curtis' traditional sideline chair
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2003 and 2004 Seasons have been moved to the archives page...

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Calling all PATRIOT ALUMNI!! Stories...

Do you have a story about your good ol' days you would like to share with our readers? If you do, you can submit your story/stories to me via e-mail and I will begin to post them on our Alumni page for others to view. It could be anything from advice, to...where you are now and what you are doing, to...a story you would like to share from your high school playing days. Or, just anything in general you would like to share with us. I hope this feature works and am looking forward to hearing from you. If you wish to participate in this feature, e-mail me your story at and I will review it and publish it to our website to the Patriot Alumni section. I hope to hear from you soon!

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Thursday, December 28
Coach J.T. and Joe McKnight get NATIONAL awards!!!

Coach J.T. Curtis is the USA Today National Coach of the Year for the 2006 season. In addition to that Joe McKnight was named to the first team of the USA Today All-American Team. To access the article on Coach J.T. visit the following site To access Joe's USA Today site click here

Congratulations to Coach J.T. and Joe!

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