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Opener better this year for the Patriots
Last year's game was a war. This year's game was an outstanding display of offense, defense and special teams as the Patriots completely dominated the Central Lafourche Trojans 49-0. Six different Patriot players scored touchdowns on offense (Kris Bush, Heath Roberts, Chris Jackson, Kirk Bush, Jeremy Mott and Joe Gueldner) for Curtis as Tony Suarez and Jason Cortez had interceptions for the defense. Next week the Patriots have a big game against Archbishop Shaw on Thursday night at Joe Yenni Stadium on East Jefferson H.S.'s campus. We hope to see you there.

Defense shuts out Eagles
Even though the Shaw Eagles scored seven points, the Patriot defense pitched a shutout for the second consecutive week. Shaw's only touchdown was a fumble recovery for a touchdown. However, the Patriots did dominate both sides of the ball. The Patriots scored 38 points en route to a convincing win. Chris Jackson had 4 carries for 111 yards for the Patriots, was 1-2 on field goal attempts and 5-5 on PAT's. The Patriots also had ten sacks including 15 tackles for losses. The Patriots must continue to get better each week before district starts and plays a very good St. Augustine team Friday night at Tad Gormley for 7:00. We hope to see you all there. Click above headline for Times-Picayune article.

Three shutouts in a row for the defense!!
With a 33-0 victory over the St. Augustine Purple Knights the John Curtis "D" now has three straight shutouts to open the season. The Patriots held the Knights to just 150 total yards, while the offense rolled up 409 total yards. Chris Jackson completed seven of twelve passes for 89 yards and rushed for another 64. Heath Roberts played one quarter and one play before leaving with a strained hamstring accumulated 101 yards on just five carries. Six different Patriots accounted for points. They were Roberts, John Kent, Kris Bush, Kirk Bush, Thomas Bruce (all with one TD each) and Chris Jackson (PAT's). The Patriots face Capitol of Baton Rouge Thursday night at Muss Bertolino. We hope to see you all there. Click above headline for the Times-Picayune article.

Patriots dominate Lions
Kris Bush ran for 63 yards on seven carries and four touchdowns to lead the Patriots to a 45-0 beating of Capitol. Bush had touchdown runs of 7,1,6, and 20 yards.
For the normally run oriented Curtis offense, Chris Jackson, who also made 6 extra points and a 42 yard field goal, completed 6 of 10 pass attempts for 84 yards including a 17 yard touchdown completion to Joe Gueldner in the first quarter. Sophomore Quarterback Blake Couch also connected on a 31 yard touchdown reception to wide receiver Darrin Taylor. The Patriot defense stifled Capitol's offense, limiting them to -1 yards rushing in the first half. The Patriot's Jason Cortez, Tony Suarez, Chris Bua and Peter O'Leary each had interceptions.


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John Curtis Defeats Washington-Marion
"That offensive and defensive line are the reason John Curtis is No. 1 in the state."

-Washington-Marion coach Lamar Thomas after watching the defending state champion Patriots dominate his Charging Indians Saturday at Robert LaVergne Memorial.

John Curtis (5-0) had 17 first downs to 8 for Washington-Marion.
The Patriots piled up 237 rushing yards on 56 carries.
Five Curtis rushers had at least 40 yards, led by Kris Bush with 56.

The Patriots drove 73 yards on 10 plays, ending in a 24-yard run by Joey Gueldren
Bush topped off long Curtis drives in the second and third quarters with short touchdown runs.

Quarterback Chris Jackson hit 5 of 6 passes for 96 yards, including a 37-yard pass to the 1-yard line as time ran out in the first half.

On offense, Washington-Marion (2-3) had a lot of passing and just three running plays called for anyone other than the quarterbacks. Fred Gardner connected on 11 of 21 passes for 111 yards. But the Indians had four turnovers and could not get any closer to the end zone than the John Curtis 36.

The game was played Saturday afternoon after Hurricane Lili forced much of the state to reschedule or cancel games.

It was a tough, physical game with difficult physical conditions." Curtis said

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Information about the game courtesy of The Lake Charles American Press.





Homecoming Game: Curtis Dominates Clark
CURTIS 48, CLARK 8: Jason Cortez returned a kickoff and a punt for touchdowns in the first three minutes of the game to propel the top-ranked Patriots to a District 10-4A victory at Muss Bertolino Playground.

Cortez returned the opening kickoff 97 yards. After Clark (4-2, 0-1) failed to get a first down on its initial series, Cortez ran back Dwayne Keys' punt 59 yards. Curtis (6-0, 1-0) then scored a touchdown -- an 18-yard pass from Chris Jackson to John Kent -- on its first play from scrimmage. Cortez set up the Patriots' third touchdown with a 44-yard punt return.

Joe Gueldner and Kris Bush also had touchdown runs to give Curtis a 34-0 halftime lead. Clark became the first team to score against the Patriots' defense this season when quarterback Durral Barnett ran four yards for a touchdown in the third quarter.


Information about the game courtesy of The Times Picayune.


John Curtis Homecoming Court
      


John Curtis Homecoming Court of 2002

      

9th Grade

Karlee Hileman
Phoenix Feltner

10th Grade

Brittany Yeager
Katie Maes

11th Grade

Jessica Barksdale
Ashley DuSaules

12th Grade

Lindsay Lauricella
Jessica Haik


John Curtis Homecoming Queen of 2002
Jessica Haik



Curtis pulls out a close one against O.P.
Friday night, the Patriots went into Behrman Stadium on the Westbank and pulled out a close victory against a very talented O.P. Walker team by a score of 28-25. Walker took the early first quarter lead on a 31-yard field goal by Craig Davis following a fumble recovery by the Chargers' Dominic Cooper at the Patriot 24-yard line. Davis then caught a touchdown pass on the second play of the second quarter to put Walker up 10-0. On Curtis' first drive of the second quarter Quarterback Chris Jackson completed a 55 yard play action pass to tight end Brandon Morales to set up an 18 yard touchdown pass from Jackson to Marc Bienvenu. The Patriots' Chris Bua sacked O.P. Quarterback John Johnson for a safety on the next Walker possession. Curtis then took the lead for good when Kris Bush rushed for a 14 yard touchdown at the 8:04 mark of the second quarter. The Patriots extended their lead to 21-10 on a 95 yard drive capped off with a Kris Bush two yard touchdown run. In the third quarter Kris Bush ran for his third touchdown of the game to extend the lead to 28-10. However, the Patriots would score no more. Walker then scored on a run by Johnson and a pass from Johnson to receiver Daryl Johnson to cut the lead to 28-25. Walker got the ball back on a punt with 17 seconds left to play. But Johnson threw an interception to end the comeback for Walker.


Patriots vs. Carver Rams Game Rescheduled
Patriots vs. Carver Rams Game has been rescheduled for Sunday October 27 at 8:00 PM.

Dominant Second Half Propels Patriots Over Carver
The Carver Rams were the second straight team in District 10-4A that the Patriots were forced to rally from behind in order to keep their undefeated season in-tact. The Rams outgained the Patriots 193-82 yard in the first half to have them out to a 14-0 lead at the half. John McElven and Issac Newton scored the two touchdowns for the Rams. Curtis then scored 22 unanswered points in the second half by the way of 126 yards rushing and five sacks on defense. Curtis' Kris Bush finished with 137 yards rushing with two touchdows. Heath Roberts also scored on a 10 yard touchdown for the Patriots.The Patriots won the game 22-14.

Karr's stuns John Curtis
For the third consecutive game, John Curtis mistakes spotted a district rival an early lead. The past two weeks, the Patriots were able to rally but on Thursday night, Karr's tenacious defense and error-free offense carried the Cougars to a 14-12 upset at Behrman Stadium.

The Cougars win created a four-way tie for first place in the District 10-4A race. Karr, Curtis, O. Perry Walker and Carver each have one district loss.

"They don't come too much better than this," Karr coach Don Wattigny said. "This ranks up there with the big ones. It's big because we won one you're not supposed to win. We did a great job offensively and defensively, and I have to give all the credit to the kids and the coaching staff."

The Cougars stopped the Patriots' final threat when Karr recovered a Jackson fumble at the Cougars' 24 with 47 seconds remaining.

Both Karr (8-1, 3-1) and Curtis (8-1, 3-1) were allowing fewer than seven points a game, so Wattigny and Curtis coach J.T. Curtis knew turnovers would be critical.

After Karr recovered a fumble on its 30-yard line with 4:07 remaining in the first quarter, the Cougars drove 70 yards in 10 plays, capped by Nicholas Foster's 10-yard scoring run on the second play of the second quarter.

As in previous weeks, the Patriots rallied in the second quarter.

Curtis scored on Heath Roberts' 5-yard run, and Chris Jackson's 10-yard pass to Jace Guidry late in the first half gave the Patriots a 12-7 lead. The Patriots missed the first extra-point attempt and failed on a two-point conversion attempt following their second touchdown.

"You know Curtis goes out there expecting to win, but we expect to win, too," Wattigny said. "We don't go out there expecting to lose. When we were down at halftime. I told the kids that good teams find a way to come back."

The Cougars marched 80 yards on their first possession of the second half, with Travis Washington scoring on a 10-yard run to give Karr a 14-12 lead.

Information about the game courtesy of the Times Picayune.


Patriots win easy over Hornets
After a 1 hour delay due to the Hornets late show to Bertilino, the Patriots got back to their winning ways by beating Cohen 40-6. The Patriots dominated in all phases of the game. On touchdown runs by Kirk and Kris Bush the Patriots got out to an early lead. The scoring was capped off by a 45 yard field goal by Chris Jackson.

Curtis to play host to Leesville
The John Curtis Patriots will open up their 2002 Playoffs in a Bi-District match-up with Leesville. The Patriots(9-1) are looking forward to a Playoff run hopefully culminating in a trip to the state championship game in the Superdome on December 14, 2002. Leesville(7-3) will come into Muss Bertilino Stadium with nothing to lose with LSU commitment Keith Alleger leading the way. The Patriots have three LSU commitments of their own including Chris Jackson, Jerry Sevin, and Jarrod Carter. This should be a very physical match-up between two very good teams.

Passing Attack Leads Patriots to Victory
The passing game came alive for the Patriots on Friday night as they defeated Leesville 28-0 at Muss Bertilino Stadium. Quarterback Chris Jackson passed for three second quarter touchdowns to lead the Patriots. He came out of the game in the third quarter after throwing 7 for 9 for 140 yards and three touchdowns. Jackson completed passes to five different receivers. The scoring opened with a 19 yard touchdown run by Heath Roberts. Then Jackson gave the Patriots a two-touchdown lead with a 58-yard pass to Jace Guidry with 8:13 remaining in the first half. Then Jackson threw touchdown passes to Darrin Taylor and John Kent to end the half. The Patriots will play host to Haughton Friday at 7:00 at Bertilino.

Patriots Shut Out High Powered Haughton Attack
Haughton came into Friday nights game with a nearly 3,000 yard passer and three outstanding receivers. They did not have, however, a clue as to how to move the ball on the Patriot defense. The Patriots shut out the Bucs 40-0 in front of a packed crowd at Muss Bertolino. The Patriots rushed for over 300 yards and three running backs ran for 80 yards or more. Kris Bush scored on runs of 15 and 6 yards while Heath Roberts scored on a ten yard run. Quarterback Chris Jackson hit tight end Brandon Morales with a 17-yard pass at the 3:30 mark of the first quarter for a 14-0 lead. Jackson kicked a 28-yard field goal for a 25-0 halftime lead. That special teams score was set up by a 56-yard return by Jason Cortez of a 70-yard punt by Matt Glasscock. Kirk Bush capped the scoring with a 30 yard touchdown run. The Patriots will face rival Salmen in Slidell Friday at 7:00.

Annual Thanksgiving Practice Set For Thursday Morning @ 8:00
The annual Thanksgiving Playoff practice is set for approximately 8:00, with the devotional immediately following at approximately 9:15. All alumni and parents are invited to share this special time with Coach J.T. Curtis and the entire 2002 football team. This is a tradition that began with the Patriots first state championship team in 1975 and has continued each year the Patriots reach the Quarter-Finals during Thanksgiving Week. We hope to have a large turnout, so plan to drop by and share this special day with the team and coaches on Thursday morning.

Curtis Dominates Salmen
The Patriots came into the game knowing that they would have to have a complete game in order to knock off #1 seed Salmen. Needless to say the Patriots walked into Spartan field with a chip on their shoulder after the Spartans beat the Patriots in the dome in 2000 31-29. The Patriots beat the Spartans 34-19 in front of a packed house at Spartan Stadium. Quarterback Chris Jackson led the Patriots with 201 yards of total offense and three touchdowns including a 51 yard touchdown run in the second quarter. The Patriots ran for nearly 400 with Kris Bush leading the way with 112 yards. Jackson connected on 7-9 passes including a 31 yard touchdown reception to Marc Bienvenu and a 26 yard touchdown pass to tight end Brandon Morales. Kris and Kirk Bush also had touchdown runs for the Patriots.

Patriots Shut Down Neville
The Patriot defense shut down LSU commitment Robert Lane, limiting him to 19 yards on 19 carries and 175 yards passing in a 35-14 triumph before 6,000 fans at Ruple Stadium. Quarterback Chris Jackson rushed for 107 yards on nine carries and scored on runs of 68, 6 and 13 yards. Jackson started the scoring on the 68 yard touchdown run. Lane then fumbled into the end zone at the 1-yard line but teammate Nolan Darby recovered to tie the score. Curtis regained the lead on a 6-yard run by Jackson in the second quarter. Heath Roberts capped the first scoring with a 45 yard run. In the beginning of the third quarter, Curtis' Courtney Favorite intercepted Lane and returned the ball 35 yards for a touchdown. Outside linebacker Mike Heyl had a safety when he tackled Lane out of the back of the end zone,his fourth stop for lost yardage. Jackson ended the scoring with a 13 yard touchdown run. Curtis will play Walker next Saturday at 4 p.m. in the Nokia Sugar Bowl Prep Classic.





State Championship Pep Rally Friday
We would like to invite you to participate Friday with our student body beginning with lunch at 12:30 on the high school campus. Hot dogs, hamburgers, and jumbalya will be sold. At 1:30 the grammar school will join us in the high school gym for the first portion of our pep rally followed by our annual parade through the neighborhood at 2:00.(This is part of the Curtis Tradition!) The final portion of the pep rally will be back in the gym with performances from the danceline, cheerleaders, and the band and the "loudest shaker contest" for grades PreK-12. Cash prizes will be awarded.

Special Sunday Service
Each year that we participate in the State Championship football game, we hold a special Sunday morning service to give honor and praise to the Lord who has made this all possible. Please join the athletes(both boys and girls), coaches, and all our auxiliary groups this Sunday, December 15 at 10:30 in the gym at the lower school campus at 10931 Jefferson Highway as we worship together.
Immediately after the game, we would like to invite you to meet alumni, players, and coaches in Section 118 on the Plaza Level of the Superdome.


JC vs. O.P.W. chosen NATIONAL game of the week!
USA Today has chosen the state championship game between the Patriots and the Chargers as the National Game of the Week. The game features many players, from both teams, being nationally recruited by Division 1 colleges. Click the above headline to go to the USA Today Super 25.

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Patriots handle Ehret with ease...Patriot JV scrimmages too
The Patriots put on a good display of offense and defense Thursday at the Patriot practice field. Both the varsity and the JV got good work against Ehret. Then the JV and Freshmen took on Buras and Crescent City's varsity teams. It was a good day especially because no one got seriously injured. The Patriots open with thier own Jamboree Thursday night against McDonough 35 at Muss Bertolino at 7:30. We hope to see you there.

PATRIOTS WIN TITLE #18!!
The 2002 John Curtis Christian Patriot football team has done what no other program has EVER done in the state of Louisiana. They have won their 18th state title. The Patriots defeated 10-4A district foe O.P. Walker for the second time this season. O.P. Walker, after 8 weeks were only able to close the margin by one point because the Patriots won the first game 28-25 and took the title game 16-14. It was an absolute slugfest and Coach J.T. Curtis called the game a typical "heavyweight fight" with both teams trading punches.

Neither team scored in the first quarter and a half until the Patriots put together an 88 yard drive that culminated with a 27 yard Chris Jackson field goal to give the Patriots a 3-0 lead with 4:47 in the half. Then with O.P. Walker driving, the Patriots defense came up with a huge turnover. Mike Snyder recovered a fumble with 3:00 remaining in the half. Curtis marched down the field, with a key 40 yard pass from Jackson to Darrin Taylor, and scored on a pitch from Jackson to Kris Bush making the score 10-0 at the half.

On the first drive of the third quarter a Patriot drive stalled out at the 50. However,it looked like the Patriots would be going for it. Then the punt team came on late and before the Charger punt return team could get on the field, the Patriots faked it and 50 yards later Jace Guidry found the endzone with key blocks from Jason Cortez and Derrick Cothran. Patriots 16; Walker 0! The Patriots withstood two turnovers that were converted into TD's to close the gap to 16-14 with 1:51 to play. The ensuing onside kick attempt by the Chargers was recovered by Marc Bienvenu, and a first down and four kneeldowns later the Patriots were the 2002 4A state champions!! Outside Linebacker Mike Heyl was voted the MVP of the game by the sportswriters in attendance. Congratulations to Mike and the rest of the senior class and team for an outstanding season!
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2002 STATE CHAMPS!!
The John Curtis Patriots are the 2002 4A state champions by defeating the O.P. Walker Chargers 16-14 in front of 45,000 people in the Louisiana Superdome!! Much more on the game will follow as we settle down from an exciting game and an exciting season. Thanks to all of those who have followed this site and the Patriots. Click above for more on the game.

2003 Season to kick off in scrimmage vs. Ehret on Thursday
Thursday August 20th the 2003 version of the John Curtis Patriots will kick off it's season opening scrimmage against John Ehret on the campus of John Curtis Christian school at the practice field. Following the scrimmage, next Friday the Patriots will go to Salmen for a 3-way jamboree against Salmen and Fountainbleu. Curtis will face Fountainbleu at approximately 7:45 and will play a 15 minute half. After a fifteen minute half-time, the Patriots will then play a 15 minute half against Salmen. We hope to see you at both events!

Defense dominates in Patriots' 19-6 win
The Patriots got out to a quick 13-0 lead in its first two offensive possessions of the game. The John Curtis Defense held the Kennedy Cougars to minus 12 yards rushing for the night and just 76 yards passing. Following an opening kickoff touchback, the Patriots marched 80 yards in 9 plays to score its first touchdown of the season. The Patriots utilized their veer attack behind solid blocking and good running with Joe Gueldner, Kirk Bush, Jeremy Mott and Thomas Bruce. That set up a 32 yard pass to Lino Castigliola from Blake Couch for the TD. Joe Gueldner then had a 60 yard TD on the Patriots' next possession and the kick failed to give the Patriots a 13-0 lead. Kirk Bush scored from 1 yard out to give the Patriots a 19-0 lead after the two point conversion failed. Kennedy then scored from one yard out to cut the lead to 19-6 after their 2 point conversion failed. A holding penalty nullified a 45 yard Blake Couch TD run in the third quarter and the Patriots never scored again as the defense completely shut the Cougars down for a 19-6 win.

Patriots DOMINATE #8 Baker 35-0
The Patriots scored two quick TD's in the first quarter to jump out to a quick 14-0 lead in the first quarter. On the games first play, Joe Gueldner had a 65 yard run, which led to the Patriots first touchdown with only a minute expiring off of the clock. Then on defense, Joe McKnight picked off a Baker pass and raced 32 yards for a touchdown and a 14-0 lead. The Patriots also added 2 more TD's in the first half to jump out to a 28-0 first half lead. The Patriot defense dominated the first half and the game for their first shutout this season. However, they have surrendered only 6 points through the jamboree and the first two games. After tacking on another TD in the third quarter and with the defense dominating the game, the Patriots used this time for some valuable experience with their younger players. The backups played a majority of the 4th quarter for the 2-0 Patriots. We will be open this week and return to action in two weeks against the 2-0 McDonough 35 Roneagles.

JV and Freshman teams win
On Thursday the Curtis Freshman team beat Edna Karr 14-6. David Seeman and Kyle Collura scored the touchdowns for the Patriots. Then following the game, the Curtis JV team downed Bogalusa 24-14. The Patriots sealed the game with a 72 yard Josh Duplessis TD run in the fourth quarter. Blaine Roberts also added a TD as did Johnny Theil.

Patriots claim a 14-7 victory over undefeated Roneagles...
The McDonough 35 Roneagles proved to be a very worthy opponent Thursday night at Tad Gormley stadium for the John Curtis Patriots. The Patriots claimed a 7-0 lead on a Jeremy Mott TD with 3:15 to play in the first half and kept it that way through the end of the half. Although the Patriots held a decided advantage in total yards, the Roneagles kept it close with tough defense and solid special teams. Midway through the third quarter the Roneagles got the break they were looking for when 2 Patriot punt returners miscued on a catch and turned the ball over at the Roneagle 25 yard line. Three plays later the game was tied at 7. The Patriots battled back and scored on their next possession after converting 2 third and longs and on 4th and 1 Jeremy Mott broke the line and took it to the house for a 31 yard game winning TD. A lot of the credit goes out to the Patriot offensive line who opened key holes for all Patriot running backs. Big catches by Darrin Taylor and Mike Lagrue were key in the Patriot win. Also, Jarrod Fabacher had the game clinching interception to end McDonough 35's last threat. The Patriots will be back in action next Thursday night in Lake Charles against Washington-Marion.

Big plays keep Indians close as Patriots win 23-18
With the Patriots leading 16-6 in the third quarter, Joe Gueldner was handed the ball and ran behind the offensive linemen picking up a gain of about eight yards down to the Patriot 20 yard line. The game seemed to be turning in the Patriots' favor as they began to move the ball with ease against the Indian defense. Then, as everyone waited for the whistle to blow, an Indian defender raced toward the Indians endzone with the ball. It had been stripped and he was on his way to an 80 yard defensive TD, to cut the lead to 16-12. The 2 point conversion was no good. On the next series, the Patriots took the ball down the field and scored again on a Johnny Theil 1 yard run. So instead of the Patriots being up 30-6, they were only up 23-12. An 80 yard Indian run cut the score to 23-18 after a missed 2 point conversion. Korey Carter had 2 interceptions for the Patriot defense and Colby Arceneaux had another. Also during the fourth quarter, the Patriots executed a perfect fake punt pass completion down the right sideline for a 25 yard gain, but was ruled out of bounds? Curtis' other points in the game came on a 9 yard Kirk Bush run, a 30 yard Joe Gueldner run and a field goal by Josh Medley. The Patriots drove to the 42 yard line and had to punt. Josh Medley punted it inside the 10 and it rolled to the 1 yard line, where Joe McKnight downed the ball, but it was ruled a touchback and the Indians took the ball over at the 20. On first down, the Patriots rush got to the Indian QB and he fumbled the ball on the 10. Patriots and Indians all dove after the ball, and it squirted out of the pile and down to the 2 yard line, where a Patriot defender scooped it up and scored. However, the referee put the ball back on the 20 yard line and the Indians replayed first down, because he said there was an inadvertant whistle. A couple of plays later, the Indians fumbled again and the Patriots recovered the ball to put the game away and as the Patriot defense, coaches and fans celebrated, the officials met and said the Indian runner was down and the Indian offense remained on the field for third down. After picking up a first down, the Indian offense came to the line and instead of spiking the ball, the Indian QB took a knee out of confusion. The referee stopped the clock and said that the Indian QB did attempt to spike the ball, resulting in the stopping of the clock. Finally, the Patriots recorded a sack with 10 seconds left, and with the Indians out of timeouts, the clock finally clicked 0:00 and the Patriots escaped with another W.

JV whips O.P. Walker 38-0
Both the Patriot offense and defense had big nights Wednesday as the Patriots charged to 30-0 half time lead and a 38-0 victory over the O.P. Walker Chargers. Josh Duplessis, Adam Lemoine, Kyle Collura, Blaine Roberts and Corey Accardo each had TD's for the Patriots. Also, Darrel Bode, U.J. Mollere and Alvin Scott each had interceptions for the Patriot defense.

Patriots can't finish off comeback...Escambia wins 28-20
The first four possessions of the second half was the difference in the game. On those first four possessions, the Patriots had four fumbles, as that was the difference in the game. With the Patriots leading 12-7 midway through the second quarter, the Gators rolled up 21 consecutive points, en route to a 28-12 lead. Trailing 7-0 in the first quarter, the Patriots scored on a 24 yard Jeremy Mott run. The extra point attempt failed. The Patriot defense stood and got the ball back to the offense and they drove down the field as Johnnie Theil capped off the drive with a 1 yard TD plunge with 3:39 left in the half. The kickoff went out of bounds and the Gators took over at the 35. The Gator offense quickly went to work, driving for a score with 55 seconds left in the half and a 14-12 lead. The Patriots also drove to the Gator 33, but could get no closer as the last play of the half was a jump ball incompletion in the endzone. The Patriots and Gators played a near scoreless quarter in the third until the big Escambia running back Jerel Watts scored from one yard out with 23 seconds to play in the half. The Patriot offense then went 3 and out and Watts ripped off a 58 yard for their final touchdown which pushed their lead to 16 points at 28-12. The next drive, the offense finally got on track, going 76 yards in three and a half minutes to score on a 15 yard run by Kirk Bush. Theil added the 2 point conversion to cut the lead to 8 points with 7:36 left in the game. The Patriot defense went 3 and out and a Curtis fumble ended the drive. The Patriot "D" stood again and the Patriots got the ball back in time to score with 1:36 left. After driving to the 16 yard line with :28 seconds and out of timeouts, the Patriots faced 4th and 20 after a couple of penalties with :07 seconds left. The final pass is still in debate. A long high throw went up the seam to Mike Lagrue but was slightly overthrown. The Escambia DB juggled the ball while falling in the endzone. Lagrue then stripped the ball from the DB as they both hit the ground. The Patriots signaled touchdown, but the referee signaled touchback, as he ruled it an interception. We will have to watch the film to see for sure. All in all it was a great high school football game to see. Hopefully, this young Patriot team can grow up and learn from this hard fought game for district and for the playoffs. The Patriots will be off this week, then travel to Vandebilt Catholic on Friday, October 24th to open up district play.

JV teams win 33-0 Saturday morningand 41-6 Thursday night
The JV team picked up two big wins this week. Saturday morning they defeated Warren Easton 33-0. Then on Thursday night, they defeated Vandebilt Catholic 41-6. Vandebilt's only score came on a 65 yard fumble return for a TD.

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Patriots open up district with a BANG!
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The John Curtis Patriots finally had their coming out party as they opened up district with a stunning 48-16 victory over 4A #7 ranked Vandebilt Catholic at Buddy Marcello Stadium in Houma. The Patriots wasted little time in scoring as the Patriots went 80 yards in 4 plays, with a touchdown run of 26 yards by Kirk Bush, with the PAT no good. After a 3 and out and a punt, Josh Medlay put the Patriots up 9-0 with a 37 yard field goal. After a long punt return of 55 yards by Mike Lagrue, a screen pass and a draw accounted for 35 yards, Joe Gueldner stepped into the endzone for a 15-0 lead. The 2-point conversion was no good. The next punt return, by Kirk Bush, of 40 yards set up Johnny Theil's six yard TD, putting the visitors up 21-0. The Terriers hit a 53 yard field goal at the end of the second quarter to cut the lead to 21-3. In the third quarter, the Patriots finally showed they could put a game away, which they have had trouble with so far this year, with a Theil TD on the opening drive of the third quarter and a Joe McKnight 61 yard interception return for a touchdown, putting the Patriots up 35-3. Vandebilt came back with a drive at the end of the third quarter and punched in a TD run on the second play of the fourth quarter to cut the lead to 35-9 after a blocked PAT. Mike Lagrue then gave the momentum back to Curtis after he turned a 5 yard play into a 50 yard TD pass, extending the lead to 42-9. The Patriots capped off their scoring with a 63 yard TD run by Josh Duplessis to make the score 48-9. Vandebilt rounded out the scoring, with a TD pass with just 14 seconds left to give the Patriots a 48-16 district opening victory. The victory puts the Patriots in a district tie for first place with South Terrebone, whom the Patriots will play this Friday night at South Terrebone's Swamp on Halloween night. We hope to see you there!

The Swamp on Halloween nearly took victim of Patriots
The Patriots eeked out a 6-3 district win Friday night at South Terrebonne's Swamp on Halloween night. Both teams were physically beat up as the Patriots limped into the game, after 7 straight road games, without 2 starting offensive linemen, their opening game starting QB and a host of other tired and wounded Patriots. The Patriots will play for the district championship Thursday night in their first home game of the season against Assumption in the Patriots' homecoming game. All of the scoring was done in the first quarter. The Patriots opening possession went 16 plays and 93 yards, with Joe Gueldner capping off the drive with a 5 yard TD run. The extra point attempt was no good. Patriots 6, Gators 0. Then the Gators popped the kickoff return down to the 23 yard line. The Patriot defense stiffened by stuffing the Gator offense behind D-Linemen Morgan Hampton, Chris Johnson, Mike Kline, Stephen Champagne and Gerard Lawson. The Patriot Linebacking corps played well throughout the game as well. They include: Fred Holmes, Cody Dimak, Jacque Jackson, Brandin Jordan and Jon Coslan. The Patriot "D" held the Gators to a field goal. Patriots 6, Gators 3. That's how the game would end also. Even though the Patriots had a serious edge in Total Yards (258-84), neither team's offense would score again. Hats off to a tough South Terrebonne team. Good luck in the playoffs. See you at Muss Bertolino Thursday night for homecoming!

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Homecoming celebration for the Patriots in 31-0 romp
Every Patriot player dressed out got to play in the 2003 Homecoming game Thursday night at Muss Bertolino against Assumption. This game was just what the doctor ordered as the Patriots begin playoffs next week and await their opponent. The Patriots struck early with a 45 yard kickoff return plus a 15 yard late hit pentalty, then drove 44 yards in 6 plays for the games first score. Joe Gueldner strolled into the endzone from 10 yards out to put Curtis up 6-0 after the PAT was no good. Assumption put a nice drive together, but the defense stiffened and Korey Carter picked off a pass at the 15 yard line. The offense then went to work, driving 85 yards in 8 plays. A 41 yard scamper by quarterback Johnnie Thiel set up Kirk Bush's 4 yard TD run. In the second quarter, the Patriots drove 73 and 77 yards respectively for a half time lead of 24-0. Gueldner again scored from 5 yards out and Darrin Taylor hauled in an eight yard pass from Thiel. The last score of the night came via the special teams. An unpenatrable wall and an awesome run by Joe McKnight on a punt return of 45 yards sealed the deal for the Patriots in the third quarter, giving the Patriots a 31-0 lead.

Jessica Barksdale was crowned Homecoming Queen at halftime. Congratulations to Jessica, runner up Ashley Dusaules and their court.


#1 seed Patriots square off against #32 seed LaGrange
The John Curtis Patriots found out Sunday afternoon that they would represent 4A as the #1 seed. They will square off against Lake Charles LaGrange Friday night in the first round of the playoffs at Muss Bertolino at 7 o'clock. We hope everyone comes out to watch the 2003 playoffs and these exciting times. The winner of the Curtis-LaGrange game will face the winner of #17 Baker-#16 Broadmoor. If the Patriots win, they will travel to Baker or Broadmoor will come to New Orleans to face the Patriots.

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JT seeks victory #400 Friday night!!
J.T. Curtis will go for career victory #400 Friday night in the opening round of the 4A state playoffs. His career record as of right now is 399-46-6. Recently the Times-Picayune's Bill Bumgarner wrote an article. Click the above headline to read it.

Patriot fans here's your chance...
The 2003 John Curtis Patriots will face the BROADMOOR BUCS at home for the first time in their 5 game playoff history. For those of you who don't know, the Bucs knocked the 1989 and 1991 teams out of the playoffs. However, the 1996 and 1997 teams avenged those losses to even the series up at 2 games apiece. The Patriots have played the Bucs at Broadmoor all 4 times. This will be the Bucs' first time to come to Kenner to face the Patriots. We hope to have a HUGE crowd and an exciting atmosphere for this regional playoff game.

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Curtis vs. Broadmoor to be shown on TV nationally!!
The Patriots will be shown all over the country to various media markets on the channel The Football Network. New Orleans' Cox Cable has not picked this channel up, thus anyone in New Orleans cannot view it on TV. Paragon Entertainment is trying to work a deal with Cox though to get it shown in the Louisiana area. However it can be seen in various markets around the country including DIRECT TV's channel 622. If you click on the handouts button on the left, you can download and view a list of those stations around the country that will be carrying the game. Click the headline to go to The Football Network's home page. More information will follow as we get more details.

National Station List for Curtis vs. Broadmoor game
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Offense gets in high gear whipping Broadmoor 52-6!
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The John Curtis offense scored 30 points in the second quarter and completely dominated the game from start to finish in the Regional round of the 4A playoffs. The defense also held Broadmoor scoreless for 47 minutes and 33 seconds as Broadmoor's only score came when a starting running back raced 68 yards for the Bucs' only points. The Bucs' then tried on onside kick with 24 seconds left as the Patriots fell on the ball to advance the Patriots to the quarter-finals to face St. Martinville. Kirk Bush (62 yards on 8 carries) opened the scoring for the Patriots on a 20 yard scamper up the middle. After a 47 yard punt return by freshman Joe McKnight, Jeremy Mott (56 yards on 4 carries) scored untouched from 27 yards out. Then Joe Gueldner (10 carries for 116 yards) took a pitch from QB Johnnie Thiel and raced 47 yards to the 1 yard line to set up the Patriots next score. Guelnder punched in the next two TD's from 9 yards out and 10 yards out respectively. Josh Medley capped off the Patriots first half scoring kicking a 34 yard field goal and a 37-0 lead at the half. The Patriots opening possession of the second half ended much like most in the first, with a score. The only difference was this time it was through the air and not on the ground. Thiel hit Tight End Lino Castigliola for a 25 yard touchdown. The other Patriot points came off of a safety, due to a snap over the Broadmoore punter's head and a 27 yard Scotty Encalade run. The Patriots will square off against the St. Martinville Tigers in the Quarter-Finals of the 4A state championship.

Annual Thanksgiving practice is set for Thursday...
Once again, with the Patriot football team in the quarter-final playoffs, the team will practice Thursday morning at 8:00. The Thanksgiving devotional will follow at 9:00. All alumni, family, friends and others are encouraged to attend. The event seems to grow every year and we hope to have the most attended practice and devotional yet. Come join in during these exciting playoffs and come rehash old memories and watch new ones this Thursday morning. We hope to see you there.

DOMINATION!!
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The John Curtis Patriots completely dominated the St. Martinville Tigers Friday night in the 2003 quarter-final playoffs. The Patriots whipped the Tigers 41-7. Kirk Bush found the endzone on a 10 yard run following a Johnnie Thiel run of 57 yards for the first score of the game on the opening series. Then at the end of the first quarter, the Patriots found the endzone again this time Thiel sneaked it in from the 2 to give the Patriots a 12-0 lead following a missed extra point and a failed 2 point conversion. On the next possession, Thiel again scampered for another TD, this time from 69 yards out. Thiel picked up many key blocks after reversing his field, including Darrin Taylor, Aaron Meyer, Mike Lagrue, Joe Gueldner, Jeremy Mott and Lino Castigliola. Thiel added another QB sneak from 2 yards out plus a 2 point conversion to give the Patriots a 27-0 halftime lead. In the second half, the Patriots added two quick scores in the third quarter to seal the deal with Kirk Bush's 2 TD runs to give them a 41-0 lead. The tigers lone score came with 2:46 to go in the game for the final outcome of 41-7. The Patriots finished with a season high 416 rushing yards. Thiel finished with 135 yards rushing, Kirk Bush with 146 yards rushing, Joe Gueldner with 62 yards and Jeremy Mott with 26 yards. Lost in this was another outstanding performance by the Patriot defense. They kept All-American Early Doucette to just 41 total yards for the game. The Patriots will now travel to Monroe to square off against the Neville Tigers in a rematch of last year's semi-final game. Game time is set for 7:00 at Bill Ruple Stadium. Click the above headline to see the Times-Picayune's take on the game.

Offense explodes in fourth quarter...State Championship Next
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One play into the fourth qaurter the Neville Tigers had evened the score at 14 all and had all of the momentum in the game. Then the offense exploded for 21 unanswered points en route to a 35-14 victory sending them into the Louisiana Superdome to play for their 19th state title Saturday afternoon at 4:00. On a very cold night in Monroe, the Patriots took the field with authority opening the game with a 74 yard kickoff return followed by a QB sneak by Johnnie Thiel to give the Patriots a 7-0 lead. Neville drove to the Patriot 14 yard line, then fumbled and Curtis recovered. After exchanges on punts by both teams two times, the Tigers finally reached the endzone with nine minutes to play in the second quarter evening the score at 7. Then Jeremy Mott took a Thiel option pitch 30 yards with 2:24 remaining in the first half for a TD and a 14-7 lead. The Patriots field goal kicker Josh Medlay's last second attempt at a field goal hit the crossbar from 39 yards out. Then, a strange third quarter occured. The Patriot defense went 3 and out on the first series. Four plays later, Thiel hit tight end Lino Castigliola down the left sideline for a big gain made even bigger by making a couple of Tiger defenders miss. All of a sudden the ball was poked out and recovered by the Tigers on the 14 yard line. The Tigers then marched down the field to even the score at 14 on the TD drive. They were aided by three stupid penalties. One was a fourth down dead ball personal foul, a roughing the punter and a third and short offsides call. The Patriots temporarily lost their composure. They quickly got it back on the next offensive possession. The offense went 57 yards in 5 plays with Joe Gueldner finishing the drive off with a 5 yard TD run. Jarrod Fabacher then recovered a Tiger fumble on the 25 yard line and Kirk Bush took in a TD from 11 yards out for a 28-14 lead. Another 10 yard run by Bush sealed the deal for the Patriots with 2:50 remaining giving them a 35-14 semi-final victory. The Patriots have but one hurdle remaining in their quest for state title #19, and that hurdle is a mighty one. Redemptorist(BR) High School, last year's 3A title holders who have moved up to 4A this year, is 13-1 with their lone loss being a 7-6 heartbreaker to district rival East Ascension. Game time is set for 4:00 Saturday afternoon. Details on other exciting events throughout the week will soon follow. Click the above headline for the Times-Picayune article

State Championship Celebration/Pep Rally
On Friday, beginning at 12:45, all alumni, friends, parents and family are encouraged to attend the State Pep Rally and other exciting events that will occur at the high school. There will be lots of food, fun and excitement. We will be serving jambalaya, white beans and rice, hot dogs and chili, hamburgers, nachos and other items. The team is due back to school from practice at the Superdome at approximately 2:00. Come to the high school to share in this exciting time and have a little fun. We hope to see you at the pep rally to get the team fired up!

Also, the Interact Club will decorate your car on Thursday or Friday from 3:30-5:30 for $5 per car. Proceeds will be used to purchase toys for children at Children's Hospital. So, share in the spirit of the championship and also donate money to Children's Hospital.

Then, on Sunday morning following the game, we will have our annual church worship service at the lower school gym at 10:30. We have had outstanding attendance in the past and hope to keep this well attended tradition going. Come praise the Lord, win or loss, with Patriot players, coaches, parents and administrators.

We hope to see you at all of our exciting events this week!!


Patriots come up just short of #19...4A State Runners-Up
When the Patriots scored to cut the score to 12-7 in the beginning of the fourth quarter, it seemed as though the momentum finally had begun to swing in Curtis' favor. That momentum swung only briefly and not enough, as the Redemptorist Wolves defeated the Patriots for the 4A State title. Two long runs by the Wolves big-time back Jay Lucas did the Patriots in Saturday night. Lucas had a 58 yard TD run and a 64 yard reverse field TD run for the Wolves only points. One extra point was blocked by Joe McKnight and a 2-point conversion failed. Curtis trailed 6-0 at the break. Then on Redemptorist's first drive of the second half, Lucas extended the lead to 12-0 on his scamper. Then the Patriots offense finally got on track. Marching 78 yards, capped off by a TD run by Joe Gueldner, the Patriots found themselves right where they wanted themselves. Then the Patriot defense came up with a huge fourth and one stop and got the ball back to the Patriots. After a first down, the Patriots faced a fourth and three situation. The punt team ran on and attempted a fake. The same fake that they used in last year's championship game that went for a 50 yard TD. This time, the Patriots came up 12 inches short of the first down. The Patriot offense would get one more shot to come back. With 2:58 left, the Patriots got the ball back at the 11 yard line. Two plays later, the ball was back in the Wolves hands following an interception. The offense would not get the ball back agian and the Patriots came up 5 points short of glory. The game was not without controversy though. With just a little over a minute remaining in the first half, and the Patriots trailing by 6 points, the Patriot defense put on a fierce rush on the Redemptorist QB. The ball popped out in mid-air, and a Patriot defender raced towards the endzone with a blocker and no Wolves in sight for a sure TD. However, the ball was ruled dead due to a referee whistle stopping the play. Tough thins like this happens sometimes in football games. This game reminds me of a saying that I like to use sometimes. It goes...tough times aren't gonna last, but tough people do. The Patriots are tough people and we will last...and be back. Congratulations to all of our seniors. They are: Mike Lagrue, Brandon Barnes, Ivan Rodas, Todd Gaillot, Cody Dimak, Matt Schultheis, Chris Johnson, Fred Holmes, Jeff Robertson, Jared Rodriguez, Matt Luwe, Aaron Meyer, Johnny Walker, John Coslan, Morgan Hampton, and Gerard Lawson. Thanks Seniors!

Plaquemine's offense...it's what was for dinner!
The Patriot defense pitched another shutout and held another opponent to under 100 total yards in a game again! This time the Patriot defense held the talented Plaquemine Green Devil offense to just 98 yards for the night, with 65 of those yards coming on one drive. The first half, the Green Devils accumulated a whopping 8 total yards and one first down, while the Patriot offense led 17-0 at the half. Joe McKnight bolted 45 yards on the opening possession of the game for the games first score. Josh Medley then booted a 24 yard field goal for a 10-0 lead. In the second quarter, Johnnie Theil scampered in for a TD from 11 yards out for the halftime lead. In the third quarter the Patriots scored 21 points, but only 2 offensive TD's. Theil sneaked in from 1 yard out for his second TD of the game and Blake Couch connected with Darrin Taylor on a 17 yard pass the other TD. The defensive TD came when the Devils faced a critical third down on the opening possession of the third quarter. The Devils' QB connected with the running back coming out of the backfield who approached the first down marker, and Jarred Fabacher made a nice tackle to prevent him from getting the first down. As he was making the tackle, Fabacher slipped a hand in there and jarred the ball loose. A host of Patriots were coming to help in case the running back sprung loose and Dustin Gilmore scooped the loose ball up and ran it in from 36 yards out. The Patriots will travel to Bossier City to challenge the Bossier Bearkats in a quarter-final playoff game Friday night. Even though it's the Thanksgiving holidays, we hope to see everyone there!!

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Patriot defense throttles high octane Bearkat offense...
The Bossier Bearkat defense came into the game averaging nearly 38 points per game and over 300 yards rushing per game. They didn't come close in either category Friday night in the Quarter-Finals against the John Curtis Patriots. The defense gave up a mere 120 rushing yards for the game and a single touchdown that came with :58 seconds left against while the starting defense rested and watched from the sideline. The Patriots drove down to the 23 yard line on their opening possession, but the Bearkat defense held on fourth down as the Patriots turned the ball over on downs. Following a 18 yard punt return, Kirk Bush burst up the middle for a 25 yard touchdown on the first play of the second possession for the Patriots. After Bossier picked up a couple of first downs, the Bearkat punter boomed a punt that laid to rest deep in Patriot territory on the 5 yard line. The Patriots drove 95 yards for a touchdown on Blake Couch's 1 yard run. The drive was highlighted by a 63 yard Lino Castigliola catch and run. Lino was sprung loose with a great downfield block by Darrin Taylor. Couch then snuck in a 2 point conversion for a 15-0 halftime lead. Curtis waisted no time in the third quarter opening with a 58 yard kickoff return by Damion Lagrue to put the Patriots in great field position. Six plays later, Couch ran in from 8 yards out for a 22-0 lead. After another booming punt by the Bearkat punter, Joe McKnight caught the punt at the 16 yardline and John Rutley and Company provided a personal escort all the way to the endzone for an 84 yard punt return touchdown. Medley booted the extra point through for a 29-0 lead. McKnight also scored the final touchdown of the game for the Patriots, running in from 11 yards out for a 36-0 early fourth quarter lead. Bossiers lone score and failed onside kick attempt ended the game at 36-6 in the Patriots favor. The Patriots travel again to Monroe to face Neville in the Semi-Finals for the third year in a row. The game will be played at Neville High School's Bill Ruple stadium. Kickoff is for 7:00. We hope you join us again on the road for another exciting game! Thanks to all those dedicated fans who traveled to Bossier City during your Thanksgiving holidays. The coaches, players, and administration are greatly appreciative!!

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What a GREAT high school football game!!!
Whoever said the Neville Tigers were coming into the game feeling like it was their best team to beat the Patriots in the last 3 seasons, they were right. The Tigers took the Patriots all the way to the final tick before the Patriots preveailed 24-21 to send them to the Superdome and the 2004 Nokia Sugar Bowl Prep Classic. Before a capacity crowd of 8,000 plus at Bill Ruple Stadium on the campus of Neville High School, the fans of each team were treated to a fanstastic game. The Patriots opened the game in routine fashion, just like they had done all season scoring on their first two possessions and a 14-0 lead. Blake Couch broke a couple of tackles around the end for the first TD, and Johnnie Thiel ran up the middle from 5 yards out for the other TD. Also, the defense picked up where they left off forcing four quick Tiger punts in the first half. Then, the first mistake of the game happened with just under three minutes left in the first half, when Couch fumbled a pitchout and the Tigers recovered on the 20 yard line. A couple of plays later the Tigers and James Brooks scored from 5 yards out for a 14-7 Patriot halftime lead. Then on the opening possession of the third quarter the Tigers went on a time consuming drive to tie the game at 14. The Patriots then received a break of their own when the Neville punter placed his knee on the ground attempting to scoop up a low snap from center. The Patriots then took the lead on a 27 yard Josh Medley field goal. The Tigers then took their first lead in 3 years against the Patriots when running back Tony White raced 73 yards around left end for a 21-17 Tiger lead. Then, the Patriots did what they do best...ANSWER! After a kickoff return to the 40 yard line, some nice runs, a big pass from Couch to Lino Castigliola, Joe McKnight raced 40 yards untouched for a 24-21 lead. Then the Patriot defense and offensive line took over and were able to run the clock out, secuing another berth in the state championship game. The Patriots will face the Northside Vikings who is 13-1 on the season after defeating the St. Thomas More Cougars Friday night. The Vikings avenged their lone loss to the Cougars from Week 10. We hope to have an exciting atmosphere as the Vikings are the first Lafayette city school to ever play in a state championship game.

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2004 Schedule Released...
You can find the 2004 schedule complete with dates and times by clicking on the above headline or by clicking on the Schedules button on the left.

Patriots sweep Jamboree with two victories
The Patriots opened the night in dominating fashion defeating the Fountainbleu Bulldogs 21-0 in one quarter of Jamboree play. Jeremy Mott had the big night for the Patriots on the ground with 2 TD runs of 52 and 47 yards, which the offensive line provided gaping holes for Jeremy to run through. Kirk Bush added the other TD run when he bursted through another gaping hole, again courtesy of the o-line, for 82 yards.

In the second half of the Jamboree, the Patriots squared off against the Salmen Spartans and quickly scored on its second possession, highlighted by a 48 yard completion from Blake Couch to Corey Accardo. The Spartans answered that score with a score of their own and then a failed 2 point try. Sophomore Johnnie Thiel also chipped in with a TD run and a 2 point conversion to give the Patriots a 16-6 lead. Joe McKnight also added a TD on special teams with a 72 yard punt return. The final score was 23-6. The Patriots will square off against the Kennedy Cougars next Thursday night at Pan American stadium.


Greg Dubroc to be guest on Baker webcast
When the John Curtis Patriots visit Baton Rouge's Baker Buffaloes, former Patriot and LSU Tiger Greg Dubroc will be on hand as a guest on the Patriots' internet webcast. Tune into the game as the Patriots face off against Baker and to hear what Greg has to say!

Huge opener for Patriots
The offense and special teams wasted no time putting points on the board to begin the 2004 season. 39 first half points and 51 total points paved the way to an easy opening game victory. Jeremy Mott opened the scoring with a 15 yard TD run on a pitch out from QB Blake Couch. Couch then scored on a 2 point conversion for an 8-0 lead. Joe Gueldner then added another TD on the next possession from 31 yards out for a 15-0 lead as Josh Medley provided the extra point. Joe McKnight then returned a punt 49 yards for the second TD and a 22-0 lead. After a nice drive and TD by the Cougars, McKnight ran through a gaping hole up the middle and got a key block by Kirk Bush, as the kickoff was returned 93 yards for a 29-7 lead. (Courtesy of the Times-Picayune: He said it: ""Every time it was open because of the blocking. There was just good blocking and I broke each one." Curtis kick returner Joe McKnight.) Johnnie Theil had a 28 yard TD run to increase the lead to 36-7. Then to round out the first half scoring, following a fumble, Josh Medley kicked a 32 yard field goal for a 39-7 halftime lead. Geuldner had his second TD scamper of the game on a 43 yard TD run. Then Matt Saucier rounded out the scoring for the Patriots on a 1 yard sneak for a final score of 51-14. The Patriots will be on the road next week at Baker in Baton Rouge. Kickoff time is set for 7:00.

Alums have a big day in college football; 2 make NFL rosters
Memphis senior quarterback Danny Wimprine threw for over 260 yards in a big win over Ole Miss Saturday. McNeese State redshirt freshman Kris Bush ran for 127 yards on 17 carries in their win over Southern. Chris Jackson booted the game winning extra point in LSU's win over Oregon State. Senior running back Colt Colleti rushed for 2 TD's and 95 yards in Nicholls State season opening victory. Others that had considerable playing time were Craig Wilson, Curtis Baham, Mike Snyder, Chris Bua, Courtney Favorite, Phillip Sprunk and Mike Heyl.

Also, Tony Bua make the 53 man roster for the Miami Dolphins, as did Jonathan Wells with the Houston Texans as a running back.


Defense dominates Baker
The Patriot defense held the Baker option offense to -18 yards rushing and 80 yards passing,while adding a defensive touchdown when Joe McKnight picked up a fumble and raced 28 yards for a TD at the end of the second quarter. The lone score came on the last play of the second quarter on a desperation throw into the endzone. That was after the Patriots had jumped out to a 35-0 lead. Seven different Patriots scored throughout the game. Adding touchdowns were Jeremy Mott, Blake Couch, Damion Lagrue, Corey Accardo, Johnnie Theil and Darryl Brister. Adding a field goal was Josh Medley. The Patriots will be back in action Thursday night at Tad Gormley against the Carver Rams.

Patriot defens blanks Carver 49-0
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The Patriot defense held the Carver Rams to minus 29 yards rushing en route to a 49-0 victory Saturday afternoon in a non-district contest at Muss Bertolino. Joe McKnight easily ran into the endzone for the Patriots first score on a punt return that was blocked to perfection, with a devastating block by Devin Joseph. Joe Gueldner had 2 TD's, Jeremy Mott had one, Kirk Bush had one, Johnnie Theil passed one to Darrin Taylor, and David Seeman chipped in the last TD of the game. Also, a blocked punt by Mike Klein set up one Patriot TD. Jericho Nelson's interception resulted in Seeman's TD in the fourth quarter. The Patriots next opponent is a good one in McDonough #35. The matchup will feature the city's #1 ranked team in Curtis versus the city's #5 ranked team in McDonough #35. Kickoff is set for 7:00 Friday night at Muss Bertolino.

Carver victory moves J.T. into 2nd place of all-time....
J.T.'s 406th victory Saturday afternoon moved him into 2nd place on the all-time victory list. He trails 1st place John McKissick of Summerville, S.C., who has coached for 53 seasons.

Patriots blank #5 ranked McDonough 35...26-0
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The Patriot defense held yet another opponent to negative yards rushing. This time it was -28 yards for the Roneagles, while the Patriot offense rolled up nearly 300. The Patriots struck first on a triple option play that saw Blake Couch pull the ball from the dive back, run for seven yards, then pitch to Joe Gueldner running uncontested into the endzone. Johnnie Thiel added in a 3 yard TD run for a 13-0 lead. The 2 point conversion attempt failed. Then with about three and a half minutes before half, Curtis scored again. This time, Couch found Darrin Taylor on a slant pattern from 11 yards out. The Roneagles then threatened and got all the way down to the 12 yard line with just seconds left in the half. However, the Patriot defense came up with huge stops, keeping the Roneagles out of the endzone. The Roneagles then had a fantastic drive to open the third quarter. After hemming the kickoff returner up on the 12 yard line, the Roneagles drove the ball all the way down to the 15 yard line, where the defense finally stiffened. However, the Roneagles had all of the momentum. The offense then face a quick third and 3. Thiel handed to Gueldner who was temprarily stopped short of the first down, but a tremendous second effort sprung him loose for a huge 27 yard gain. That conversion led to a 14 yard TD run by Kirk Bush later in the drive. That score led to the final score of 26-0 as the Patriots defense didn't allow a point for the second week in a row, and the first team defense in 3 weeks. The Patriots face Lake Charles Washington Marion next Friday at Bertolino at 7:00.

Defens shuts out Washington-Marion 42-0
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After the defense went 3 and out and the Indians punted, Kirk Bush and the offense wasted little time in getting points on the board. Bush bolted up the middle for a 50 yard TD. On the next possession, after another defensive 3 and out, the offense then drove 56 yards for another TD. Bush punched it in from 16 yards out this time. On the third possession, Joe Gueldner added a 6 yard TD. The Patriots threatened to score again with :15 seconds left in the half, but Couch was intercepted on the 10 yard line. Even though Couch was picked off, Curtis QB's Couch and Johnnie Theil were 8-12 for 106 yards on the night. In the third quarter, Kirk added his third TD of the night, this time from 10 yards out. Blaine Roberts then added his TD in the third quarter from 4 yards out. Rounding out the scoring was a Dustin Gilmore pass to Jerico Nelson on a punt, when no Indian defender covered Nelson, who was a gunner on the play. The defense was amazing again. With the shutout of the Indians, the Patriot defense has now gone 14 quarters without a point given up. Joe McKnight was shaken up on a bone-jarring hit of an Indian receiver in the beginning of the 4th quarter and was carted off the field and brought to the hospital to be checked. We're happy to say that everything was fine and Joe was at practice Saturday morning. Praise God! Also, may your prayers be with the recovery of Jeremy Mott who had knee surgery last week, when he was accidentally tripped up at practice.

Defense Dominates...Offense Rolls...Special Teams Special
What a performance by all three phases of the Curtis football team Friday night. Escambia (FL) came into the game with last year's victory over the Patriots in their back pocket and a majority of their team back from last season. It didn't take the Patriots long to get on track. On the third play from scrimmage, Joe Gueldner burst through the middle for a 43 yard run, down to the one yard line. Blake Couch snuck it in from one yard out for a 6-0 lead. The Patriot defense then went three and out, which was one of many for the night, and the offense got it again and quickly punched it in, this time with a one yard sneak from Johnnie Theil. David Seeman's 31 yard scamper set up the TD. The 2-point conversion was also good, when Kirk Bush took a Theil pitch and sprinted around left end for the points. Then, the defense held again and forced the Gators to punt. Joe McKnight caught the punt at the 20 yard line and sprinted toward the Patriot sideline. While sprinting he located John Ruttley, who was running toward McKnight to try to make a block. Ruttley not only blocked the defender...he crushed him, paving the way for McKnight down the sideline all by himself. He eventually broke a tackle and made the punter miss and went 80 yards for a 21-0 lead. Another punt return, this one for 57 yards, set up a Theil 8 yard run for a 28-0 lead in the second quarter. Then with 8 seconds left in the half, Gueldner scored from 3 yards out to round out the scoring for the half and a 35-0 lead. The Gators vaunted rushing game led by All-American RB Jerel Watts and All-County QB J.J. Jackson, was held to 99 yards for the game, with 59 of those yards coming on a fourth quarter run. The Gators only completed one pass for 11 yards, for a total of 110 yards on the night. The Patriot defense gave up it's first score in 17 quarters following the 59 yard run. However, the Patriot's first team defense was resting on the sideline while it happened. The first team defense has only given up 6 points the entire year. Rounding out the scoring for the Patriots was an 11 yard Blaine Roberts run in the third quarter for a 41-0 lead and a David Seeman 52 yard TD for a 48-0 lead. After the Gators' score and unsuccessful 2 point conversion, the final score was 48-6. The Patriots will be off this week and will open district play against Vandebilt Catholic on October 22nd, at Muss Bertolino at 7:00. This will be the Patriots' homecoming game as well. We hope to see you there.

Another homecoming victory as Patriots blow out Terriers
After building a commanding 37-0 halftime lead, the Patriots cruised to an easy 51-14 victory over the Vandebilt Catholic Terriers. The starting defense has yet to surrender a point since the opening game against J.F. Kennedy. The Terriers scored on a 48 yard run at the end of the third quarter to cut the score to 44-7. The other touchdown came on the last play of the game when Allen threw a pass to Bourgeois from nine yards out for the final outcome of 51-14. For the Patriot defense, they were once again great. They held the Terriers to (minus)-2 yards total offense in the first half. The Terriers finished with 104 total yards for the night, while the Patriot offense rushed for 301 and threw for 37 for a 338 yard night. Six different Patriots scored on the night including: Kirk Bush (2), Johnnie Theil, Darryl Brister, David Seeman, Josh Medley and Jarred Fabacher. Fabacher is a defensive back who intercepted a pass and ran it back 29 yards for a TD in the second quarter. Kirk Bush and Joe Gueldner combined for 150 yards on the night. The Patriots will play their last regular season home game Thursday night against South Terrebonne at Muss Bertolino. The victory improved the Patriots to 7-0 overall and 1-0 in district.

Throwing game comes alive in victory over Gators
Blake Couch and Johnnie Theil accounted for 196 yards through the air Thursday night en route to a 38-3 district victory over South Terrebonne. The Gators held the Patriots to just 6 points in last years contest. The Patriots took the first possession down the field before Kirk Bush scored to give the Patriots a 7-0 lead. However, the Gators answered when Phillip Livas returned a kick 73 yards down to the 22 yard line to put the Gators in scoring position. The defense then stood up and pushed the Gators back to a 3rd and 13 from the 25. The Gators then booted a field goal to cut the lead to 7-3. After stalling and punting the Gators then moved the ball down to the Patriot one yard line where it faced 4th and goal. Curtis' Jarrod Fabacher then stuffed Livas for a loss of 2 and the Patriots took over. Nine plays later, the Patriots extended their lead after Johnnie Theil threw a TD pass to Darrin Taylor from 11 yards out. The Gators offense wouldn't get close again as the Patriot defense held the Gators to just 34 first half yards. The Gators had just 150 for the night, most of them coming on their last two drives of the fourth quarter against the Curtis reserves. Kirk Bush added another TD in the first half, Theil ran from 11 yards out and threw another TD to Lino Castigliola for a 7 yard TD, and Josh Medley booted a 33 yard field goal to round out the scoring for the Patriots. The Patriots will be back in action next Friday night in the regular season finale at Assumption for 7:00.

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Patriots ranked in every NATIONAL poll...
The John Curtis Patriots are now ranked in every national prep poll there is. The Patriots are ranked as high as #7 in the country!! Here is the list of National Prep Polls and where the Patriots are ranked:

Champions School Sports Prep Poll - #7
Prep Nation National Prep Poll - #14
USA Today Super 25 - #9
National Prep Tony Poll - #14
IHigh National Prep Poll - #13


Undefeated Regular Season; District Champions...
In a 35-7 victory Friday night at Mustang Stadium against Assumption, the John Curtis Patriots became the 2004 8-4A district champions and capped off a perfect 9-0 regular season. The Patriot defense was once again stellar, with five interceptions on the night, and yielded just 46 total first half yards. Joe Gueldner led the way on offense with 142 yards rushing. In just 2 quarters of work, Kirk Bush had 108 yards as he rested on the sideline during the second half to get healed up for the playoffs. Each also had a touchdown. Blake Couch threw a second quarter 29 yard TD pass to tight end Lino Castigliola, and Couch ran from 4 yards out for another TD on the night. The other Patriot score was a 70 yard interception return by Dustin Gilmore. The Patriots begin their quest for their 19th state championship Friday night at Muss Bertolino at 7:00 against the Eunice Bobcats. We hope to see you all there.

Early deficit doesn't scare Patriots...
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Two early Patriot fumbles and a couple of breakdowns on defense led to a 13-0 Eunice Bobcat lead early in the first quarter. However, the Patriots did not panic and jumped out to a 14-13 lead by the end of the first quarter. The Patriot offense responded to the deficit with a 65 yard TD drive capped off by a 13 yard run by Kirk Bush. Then the defense stopped the Bobcats and forced a punt. Joe McKnight then streaked down the Curtis sideline en route to a 75 yard punt return TD. David Seeman plunged in from 1 yard out for a TD and Johnnie Theil ran in the two point conversion to give the Patriots a lead of 22-13. The last TD of the half was a 42 yard Joe McKnight run for a halftime lead of 29-13. The Patriots didn't stop there though. Kirk Bush burst up the middle on the Patriots' opening possession of the third quarter for a 20 yard TD run. Theil also had a 12 yard TD run in the third quarter to round the scoring out for the Patriot offense. A fourth quarter interception return for a TD by Alvin Scott gave the Patriots a 50-13 playoff victory. The Patriots will be back in action next Friday night at Joe Yenni Stadium on the campus of East Jefferson High School at 7:00 for the Regional playoff game. The winner will play the winner between Bossier and Breaux Bridge. We hope to see you all there!

Patriots scrimmage Ehret...Blue-White game next...
The John Curtis Patriots scrimmaged John Ehret on Wednesday, May 26th at the Curtis practice field. Curtis scored the scrimmage's only touchdown as each team's first offensive unit got three series of ten plays. Curtis drove the ball up and down the field but stalled out near Ehret's endzone two other times. During the inside drill and skeleton drills prior to the scrimmage, Curtis also looked impressive. However, Curtis' quarterback who was working with the first unit suffered a broken collarbone and will be sidelined 4-6 weeks. Ehret's offense never threatened and the deepest penetration they got was to the Curtis 31 yard line. It was there where they turned it over on downs. The second unit's only got one series of ten plays, as the Ehret defense was thin on numbers due to injuries. Curtis' second unit drove it pretty deep in Ehret territory but did not score. Ehret's second unit offense did not do to much against the Curtis second unit defense. John Curtis' Annual Blue-White scrimmage will be held Saturday morning at 9:00 at the Curtis practice field.

Salmen out...Choctawhatchee in on the schedule!
The John Curtis Christian Football team saw 76 Patriots return to the practice field on Tuesday. Some more are said to be en route and on the way home to return to the Patriot team and back to the classroom by school's opening day on September 26th. In schedule news, J.T. learned from Salmen coach Jerry Leonard that the Spartans would be unable to square off against the Patriots on October 7th. Not to worry though...the Patriots are now scheduled to play against the Choctawhatchee Big Green Indians on that same day. The Indians are from the panhandle of Florida and Okaloosa County. The Indians will also return the favor to the Patriots and visit us next year. The Patriots are hard at work preparing for the season opener at Ferriday Friday night at Ferriday. We hope to see you all there!!

A message from our board of directors...
Media Release:

Sunday, September 4th, 2005

To: All John Curtis Christian School students, all interested students, and students displaced due to Hurricane Katrina,

God has blessed John Curtis Christian School…Our school has sustained no damage by Hurricane Katrina and will be open as soon as power and water are restored in the River Ridge community. We stand ready to educate all currently enrolled students, all other interested new students, or those affected by the storm. For further information call our hotline at our Baton Rouge office at 225-343-9337.


Rules Concerning Eligibility for Displaced Students

Any previously eligible John Curtis Christian School student-athlete will be deemed immediately eligible to participate in any LHSAA athletic contest upon the re-opening and your return to John Curtis Christian School, regardless of the circumstances in which you find yourself. J.T. Curtis has been in contact with LHSAA Commissioner Tommy Henry regarding this situation and these extenuating circumstances. Again, with any questions contact our hotline at 225-343-9337.


If you are a displaced student, or an interested student, administrators will be happy to talk and meet with you to discuss admission requirements and tuition plans. With any further questions please contact our Baton Rouge office at 225-343-9337.

Our prayers and thoughts will be with each one of you throughout the reconstruction of our great city. Our commitment to the New Orleans community is to accommodate those students and families in distress. As Mr. Curtis, Sr. always said, “Our future is as bright as the promise of God.” As always, the John Curtis Christian School board of directors will continue it’s commitment to excellence to Build Champions for Life.


Spring Practice starts May 10th!!
There are footballs flying in the air as the Patriots get back into action with spring practice. The Patriots will be working yet again to get back to the 'dome. Come out and enjoy practice each day with the Patriots!!

Patriots tame the Lions 35-12
The Patriots went to Baton Rouge Thursday night to take on the Capitol Lions and came away with a 35-12 victory. Jason Spadoni rushed for 154 yards, Kris Bush rushed for 2 touchdowns and also had an 88 yard kickoff return for a TD, and the Patriot defense had 4 INT's to seal the deal for the #1 ranked team in 4A. The Lions' points came on a 50 yard fumble return for a TD and a late score against the youngsters. Speaking of the young guys, the offensive side saw considerable action and showed some good things in putting together a couple of long drives. The Patriots come back home to face a very good Washington-Marion team Friday night at Muss Bertolino. See you there!!

Tragic loss in New York and Washington D.C.
As many of you know now we had a severe terrorist act in New York and Washington D.C. on Tuesday Morning, the 11th of September. Many Americans lost their lives for no reason at all. Sometimes we ask the question "Why"? There is no explanation. However, we here at John Curtis Christian School, offer condolences to those who have suffered and ask you to join in using prayer as an answer. This is a time to have a great Spiritual Revival for our great nation. We need to turn to God more often and recognize that He is Almighty and is in control of all things. We ask you now God to give us the strength to get through this tragic act of violence and make our great nation even stronger. The Patriots will wear American flags on our helmets as a tribute to all of those Americans who lost their lives.

Tragic loss in New York and Washington D.C.
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As many of you know now we had a severe terrorist act in New York and Washington D.C. on Tuesday Morning, the 11th of September. Many Americans lost their lives for no reason at all. Sometimes we ask the question "Why"? There is no explanation. However, we here at John Curtis Christian School, offer condolences to those who have suffered and ask you to join in using prayer as an answer. This is a time to have a great Spiritual Revival for our great nation. We need to turn to God more often and recognize that He is Almighty and is in control of all things. We ask you now God to give us the strength to get through this tragic act of violence and make our great nation even stronger. The Patriots will wear American flags on our helmets as a tribute to all of those Americans who lost their lives.

Slugfest goes Patriots' way 14-7.
The deciding blows came with 5:38 to play in the game when Chris Jackson broke around the left end for a 32 yard gain, then on the next play Jackson pitched to Jason Spadoni around the right end and Spadoni broke a tackle and sped into the end zone. Jackson tacked on the extra point for the deciding score of 14-7. Patriot fans had reason for concern early on though. Shaw stuffed the Patriot offense on the first series with a 3 and punt. Then the Eagles marched down the field ending with a 82 yard touchdown drive. The Patriot defense stiffened however and would not allow another score. The offense began to get on track but could not get on the scoreboard until the Eagles turned it over on the 50 yard line and the Patriots took over. They finally tied the game at 7 with 6:32 left in the second quarter. The Curtis special teams made the Eagles drive the ball the length of the field as the Patriots seemed to always have the field position. After Spadoni's deciding TD run, the kickoff unit stuffed the Eagles return man on the 11 yard line. 3 plays later they were punting. The offense could not run out the clock though. Then the Patriots had to punt. Deep for the Eagles was All-American Sammy Joseph. A high tight spiral drifted toward the end zone and Joseph fielded the ball at the two yard line. Joseph took one step and Courtney Favorite stung him, which sapped any chance of a comeback away. The defense held and the Patriots ran out the clock. Ballgame over. Next up...the Purple Knights of St. Augustine, Friday night at 7:00 at Tad Gormley Stadium. BE THERE!! (Click on the heading for the Times-Picayune article on the game.)

JC downs Central Lafourche 22-10
The Patriots traveled to Matthews, La. for the season opener against Central Lafourche. The Patriot defense dominated while the offense put up a decent showing in Curtis' season opening win. The Trojans' lone TD came on a 98 yard kickoff return. Jason Spadoni led the way with 112 rushing yards despite only playing two and a half quarters due to illness. The Patriots will face the #3 ranked team in 5A next week in Shaw at Hoss Memtsas.

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Defense carries Patriots to Victory over Knights
Good thing the Patriots special teams and defense showed up Friday night against St. Aug at Tad Gormley Stadium. Credit the St. Aug defense however as the Patriots completely dominated the first half, but never reaching the endzone. Two field goals, including a 47 yarder, from Chris Jackson were the only Patriot points in the first half. The Patriot defense held the highly regarded Purple Knight offense to just 55 yards rushing and just 167 total offense with most of the yardage coming late in the game. The Knights had the ball for just nine plays in the first half and had a total of 50 yards. With the Patriots leading 6-0 with just 30 seconds to play a punt team mistake lead to a blocked punt and a St. Aug TD. The extra point was blocked and the half time score was 6-6. A Patriot TD in the third by Jason Spadoni was all they needed. However, Chad Fabacher intercepted a pass and returned it for a 49 yard TD which sealed the deal for the Patriots. The Patriots will take on Capitol High School next Thursday night in Baton Rouge at Memorial Stadium. Click the above headline for the Times-Picayune's article.

JC whips Reed in Jamboree
The Patriots whipped Sarah Reed in the John Curtis Jamboree Thursday night at Muss Bertolino 41-14. No serious injuries to report, which is always good news. The Patriots travel to Central Lafourche next Friday night to take on the Trojans, who were big winners in their jamboree game. See you in Matthews Friday night.

Patriots to scrimmage West Monroe and John Ehret
On Thursday, August 16th at John Curtis the Patriots will scimmage the Patriots of John Ehret and the Rebels of West Monroe in a 3-way scrimmage at 4:30. The scrimmage promises for a lot of great action. See you there!!

Patriots finish camp with scrimmage
The Patriots finished their football camp with a 90 play scrimmage Saturday morning at the John Curtis practice field. The Patriots came out of the scrimmage with no serious injuries. The offense and defense both looked solid. The team also went through some live special teams situations and also went through some versus air. The Patriots will practice once a day through Wednesday and scrimmage Ehret and West Monroe next Thursday.

Patriots open district with win
Homecoming week closed with a bang Friday night with the Patriots (6-0, 1-0) winning 26-8 over a much improved Clark team (4-2, 0-1). The Patriots scored on their first four possessions of the game then coasted to victory to remain undefeated on the year. The Patriots nearly had 500 yards of total offense (497), including completing five passes for 109 yards. Jason Spadoni led the ground game with 176 yards on 12 carries with Heath Roberts chipping in with his first 100+ yard performance with 108 yards on 9 carries. Steve Lowrie also caught his career long pass, a 44 yard TD from Chris Jackson. As the weekend concluded, the Patriots will now face one of their toughest district competitors in O.P. Walker. O.P. Walker is 5-1 (only loss to Shaw) and is coming off of an emotional win over local rival Karr 28-27. It will be a great game Thursday night at Muss Bertolino at 7:00. See you there. Click on the headling to see the Times-Picayune's story.

Walker beats Patriots for first district loss since 1977
Well it was a long time coming. So many teams, so many defeats. Twenty-four years ago the Patriots lost a disctrict game to Newman at Tulane Stadium. But, the O.P. Walker Chargers did what so many teams had failed at; beat the Patriots in a district game. Early on it didn't look like the game was even going to be played. After a touchdown by the Chargers on a fade pattern heavy downpours and lightning sent both teams to the locker room. Finally after 43 minutes the game continued. There were not many highlights for the Patriots. They missed on an early scoring opportunity with a missed field goal. Then later with the ball on their 18 yard line, they turned the ball over. The loss puts the Patriots with a 1-1 district record tied with Karr. The victory by the Chargers puts them in control of the district, but they are tied with the Patriots' next opponent, Carver. Both teams are 2-0. This next game for the Patriots is a huge game and almost a must win. The game is scheduled for Thursday night at Muss Bertolino at 7:00. See you there.

Patriots bounce back with victory over Carver
The Carver Rams brought in a 6-1 record with its only loss to 5A #1 ranked West Monroe and a lot of confidence to Muss Bertolino Thursday night. The Patriots also brought a 6-1 record after last weeks loss to O.P. Walker. Somebody was going to leave with two losses and it wasn't going to be the Patriots on this night. Four Patriots scored (Chris Jackson, Jason Spadoni, Kris Bush and Heath Roberts) en route to a 37-20 district victory. After a well played tight first half, where the Patriots led 21-12, the Patriots defense settled in and the offense began to pull away. Spadoni led all rushers with 185 yards. The Patriots play in yet another huge game against 6-2 Karr High School Thursday night at Bertolino at 7:00. See you at the game.

Patriots beat Karr in double OT 32-24
Wow, what a game!! After battling to a 17-17 regulation tie, the Patriots and Cougars took the game into overtime. The Cougars had the ball first and on 3rd and goal scored to go up by 7 with the extra point. The Patriots were called for running into the kicker and faced first and goal from the 15 yard line. After a six yard pick up, Chris Jackson scored from nine yards out on second down. He tacked on the extra point to send the game into double overtime. After switching ends of the field, the Patriots got eight yards on first down, one on second and again Jackson scampered in from 1 yard out to go ahead by six. Then on the extra point attempt, the Cougars were offsides. Then offsides again...then again. So with the ball inside the one the Patriots decided to go for two. The two point conversion was good and the Patriots were now up eight. That was all they needed as the defense stood tall and stopped one running attempt, one incomplete pass and then the final interception by Vernon Russell. Combined with O.P. Walker's loss to Carver the win tied the Patriots with Walker and Carver for first place. With a win Saturday over Cohen the Patriots can do no worse than a share of the district championship. But first they will have to battle the Cohen Green Hornets Saturday afternoon at Behrmann Stadium at 2:30.

Patriots win physical battle against St. Martinville
The John Curtis Patriots will once again be playing on the week of Thanksgiving. The Patriots defeated the St. Martinville Tigers 30-7 Friday night in the Regional playoffs. The Patrtiots, however, led only 9-0 at halftime and 9-7 after the Tigers took the opening possession of the second half down for a score. But, the Patriots answered the bell in serious fashion. Tacking on 21 unanswered points in the third and fourth quarters. Kris Bush led the Patriots in rushing and Chris Jackson threw two TD passes for the Patriots. Defensive standout Larry Marquez had a fumble return for 24 yards and also an interception. The Patriots will now be in the quarter-finals against O.P. Walker Friday night at 7:00 at Joe Yenni (E.J.) Stadium. Hope to see you there.

Annual Thanksgiving practice Thursday morning at 8:00
The annual Thanksgiving practice will be held at school Thursday morning at 8:00. All alumni, parents and friends are invited for this exciting time of the year. Each year bunches of alumni come back for the annual event, if the Patriots are still in the playoffs, to watch practice and listen to the Thanksgiving devotional. The devotional will immediately follow the practice and will be held in the library at approximately 9:00. We hope to have another big turnout this year. Hope to see you there.

JC dominates; shuts out Northside 39-0
The Patriots pretty much dominated from start to finish in the opening round of the 2001 state playoffs. On the second play of the game Chris Jackson ran around right end for a 59 yard TD. Jace Guidry followed with a 2 point conversion run and the Patriots never looked back. The defense dominated the Vikings, who did not get into Patriot territory until the 4th quarter. The Patriots will be at home next week against St. Martinville in the Regional round of the 2001 playoffs. Click above for the Times-Picayunes article on the game.

Rolling into the Semi's with a 33-0 win!!
The Patriot defense pitched the shutout this time around and dominated from start to finish to put the Patriots in the semi-finals next Friday night at Salmen. An early turnover led to the offense's first points, which was all they needed to win the game. The offensive line completely dominated the game as the Patriots rolled up numerous amounts of yards this time around. Following week seven's 20-0 win by O.P. Walker over the Patriots, you almost knew that the Chargers and the Patriots would meet up again in the playoffs at some point. Well, Friday night was the time and overflow crowds came to see the rematch. After the 33-0 victory the Patriots found out it would be playing in another rematch game of sorts. The Patriots get a chance to avenge their 31-29 state championship defeat from Salmen. The Spartans kicked a 47 yard field goal with :04 seconds left to lift the Spartans into the Semi-Finals with the Patriots with a 23-21 victory. Game time is set for 7:00 at Spartan Stadium. See you there!!

Headed back to the dome with a 49-19 thrashing of Salmen
The 2001 edition finds themselves in the same position as the last five Patriot teams have been in...in the State Championship. This is the Patriots sixth straight appearance in the State Title game and seventh out of the last eight years. They did it in convincing fashion as well. The Patriots jumped out to a quick 35-0 lead as the score ended 49-19 with reserves playing much of the fourth quarter. The Patriots completely dominated in all areas of the game: offense, defense and special teams. The Patriots accumulated 501 total yards behing 451 yards rushing! The defense had five interceptions (Jason Cortez had three of them)and one fumble recovery! Also, the special teams provided one of the biggest daggers to the Spartans heart. After jumping out to a quick 14-0 lead, the Patriots recovered an onside kick attempt and on the next offensive play took a 21-0 lead. Before the Spartans could blink they were behind three touchdowns. If the Patriots quit scoring there, the Spartans still wouldn't have won the game. However, a dominating ground game led the Patriots to a victory with their offensive line opening up lots of holes for the running backs and quarterbacks to run through.

So, it's on to the dome where the Patriots will face and UNDEFEATED (14-0) Baker team. It promises to be a great match-up. The 4A title game is sandwiched between the 1A game (1:00) and the 5A game (7:00) and will be played at 4:00. We need as many people there as possible. Hope to see you all on Saturday rooting for the Patriots!!


We've made it back!!
Well here we are again..."Home in the Dome." The Patriots will be going for state title #17 Saturday at 4:00. Preceeding the game will be Friday's spirit day. On Friday December 7th, the Patriots will travel to the Dome to practice in the morning. Upon arrival back at school, parents, friends, family, alumni and students can join the team for lunch at the high school. At 1:30 alumni will be introduced and some will speak to the student body and team. Then the throng will make the traditional march through the neighborhood at approximately 2:30. A pep rally will immediately follow the march in the gym. THIS is part of the Curtis TRADITION!! We hope you come to rekindle your memories or even come to start some of your own memories. Come join us for an exciting day of fun!

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Camp is right around the corner
After a good spring with no serious injuries, the Patriots are ready to go to camp in August. After getting beat by Salmen in the state championship last year, the Patriots hope to get back into the dome for another shot at the title. Class 4A will have a bunch of good teams and the Patriots' pre-district schedule should be tough as well as the district this year.

New State Championship T-Shirts are in!!
You can buy the new state championship (shown here) at school for just $16.00. 2X is $18.00 and 3X is $20.00. Click the picture to see the back of the shirt!!

Patrtiots finish season with shutout, title and 14-1 record
After a sluggish start for the offense, the Patriots cruised to a 30-0 victory to win the 2001 4A state championship. The defense was outstanding. In probably its best performance of the season, the Patriot "D" was stingy as well as greedy. The Baker ground game could never get going, as the front seven was constantly in the backfield making plays. During passing downs, the secondary had blanket coverage and the Baker QB was heavily pressured as well. Mike Snyder had the game high in tackles. Vernon Russell, Chad Fabacher and Jason Cortez all had interceptions. Craig Wilson recovered a fumble and nearly found the end zone with it. Numerous other defensive players played outstanding like seniors Matt Smith and Rion Lowe.
On offense the Patriots were once again balanced. Jason Spadoni was the team's MVP of the game and he led all rushers. Kris Bush, Heath Roberts and Stewart Julian also plenty of yards against the Buffaloes. However, the night would not have been possible if not for the big guys up front. The blocking was superb. Plenty of holes were created by...Aaron Meyer, Jules Bagley, Raymond Hawkins, Jerry Sevin, Alan Luwe, Casey Slattery and Brandon Morales. Downfield blocks by receivers Steve Lowrie, Ryan Roach and John Kent also helped spring the backs free. Steve also caught a pass that was good for 15 yards. Chris Jackson did an excellent job running the offense and getting the ball to the right people as well as connecting for a TD pass to Slattery.
And you can't say enough about the Patriots special teams. The dangerous kick returners from Baker did not get one kickoff return past the 20! Larry Marquez had an excellent night punting, and Chris Jackson converted 3 extra points and one field goal.
My, my, my...how the season has flown by. It sure was fun. To all of those people who doubted the PATRIOT PRIDE after the O.P. Walker game, shame on you. This team has 30 years of tradition behind it, 27 years of state contenders, and 17 STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS.


Late TD foils Indians' attempt at upset
Trailing 19-10 with merely 10:20 seconds to play Friday night the Patriots did not panic. They were having success moving the ball, they just couldn't seem to find the end zone. Three costly turnovers and a stingy Indians defense kept the Patriot offense away from paydirt for most of the night. After trailing 13-7 the Patriots closed to 13-10 on a Chris Jackson field goal. The Patriot defense, which limited the Indians to 185 total yards, stuffed the Indians again and forced a punt. The Patriots drove the ball down the field and had the ball on the 9 yard line looking poised to take the lead. Then everyone stopped for a brief second except for one Indian player. Seemingly down, Jason Spadoni had the ball ripped from his grip and out of a motionless pile an Indian defender got up and raced 91 yards for a touchdown. The 2 point conversion failed and the Patriots were put in a 9-point hole with 10:20 to play. The Patriots wasted no time. A quick score, set up by a long screen pass to Spadoni, cut the Indian lead to 19-17. Patriot defense; 3 and out. Offense back on the field. The Offense marched it down again, and with 5:52 to play on the 26 yard line the Patriots fumbled again. This time the defense came up huge again; another 3 and out! Then the Patriots finally reached the end zone with 1:23 to play on a 1-yard QB sneak by Jackson on second down. A desperate drive and a hail mary pass was intercepted by Larry Marquez as time expired sent the Patriots to 5-0. Whew! What a game. Look for the Indians to make some noise in their district and in the playoffs. You can read the Times-Picayune's take on the game by clicking on the headline above.

Homecoming Week is here!!
There will be many exciting things going on this week at school involving Homecoming activities. There are dress up days each day this week, a Powder Puff football game featuring the Dance Line vs. the Cheerleaders, Pie Time, Homecoming game, Alumni Reunion, Homecoming Court and much much more. Check with the school or back here for updated information on these events.

Patriots win 19th State Title!!!!!!!!!.
'04 state celebration
Image courtesy of Rusty Costanza of the Times-Picayune
The 2004 John Curtis Patriot Football team accomplished what no other Patriot team had ever accomplished before. The Patriots went on the road to Shreveport and Monroe in back to back weeks in the playoffs, then came to the Louisiana Superdome and proceeded to win it's 19th State Championship. It was a game of ups and downs for the Patriots with some miscues, fumbles, missed blocks, missed tackles and some blown coverages. However, the Patriots were able to overcome all of these obstacles for a 29-14 4A Championship victory. The game started ugly for the Patriots on it's third play from scrimmage when Kirk Bush coughed the ball up to the Viking defense. But, just three plays later, the defense held and Joe McKnight blocked the field goal and Korey Carter scooped it up for a 21 yard gain. That got the Patriot offense going. A couple of plays later, the offensive line behind Rae Henderson, Shaw Couevas, Kyle Lowe, Andrew Nierman, Adam Ethridge and Lino Castigliola, opened a huge hole en route to Joe Gueldner's 42 yard scoring run. Patriots lead 7-0 after a Josh Medley extra point. Then, the Vikings quickly answered with a touchdown of their own, but could not tie the score when Darrin Taylor leaped and blocked the extra point...Patriots lead 7-6. On the first play of the second quarter, quarterback Johnnie Thiel scored from 3 yards out for a 14-7 lead. After a nice drive of their own, the Vikings were able to sap the momentum right back after a touchdown and a fake extra point knotted the score at 14 with 5:34 to play in the half. The Patriots threatened to score to end the half when Blake Couch's heave into the endzone was just out of the reach of Jeremy Mott, who was standing by himself, after the pass was tipped. So, the halftime score was tied up at 14, and it was anybody's ball game. The Patriots quickly made sure the Vikings would know this was a 48 minute football game when the Patriot defense stuffed the Viking offense and forced a punt. The Viking punt team then punted to Joe McKnight had done a great job of keeping the vaunted punt return team of the Patriots in check. This time, McKnight eluded a couple of tackles and picked up a couple of blocks and had a 24 yard return, nearly splitting two defenders for a score. The return set up field position in Viking territory. A time consuming drive by the Patriots, as they chewed up time and yards on each snap, led to a 15 yard Blake Couch run for a 20-14 lead. Then, as the Viking defense gasped for air, Johnnie Thiel snuck in a surprise 2-point conversion for a 22-14 lead. After another 3 and out by the defense, the Patriot offense went to work again, this time scoring on a 5-yard Kirk Bush run for a 29-14 lead. The running game of the Patriots, with Bush, Gueldner, Mott, Thiel and Couch accounted for 302 yards for the game. The Patriot defense limited the Viking offense to just 67 yards in the second half. It was evident that the Patriots dominated the second half. In fact, the Patrtios were going in to score another TD, when the ball was stripped from Bush and a Viking player came sprinting out of a stalled pile. Three Patriots were quick to the rescue. As the big, speedy Viking defensive lineman sprinted from the pile, QB Couch tried to tackle him first, only to slow him down. Then wide receivers Cory Accardo and Darrin Taylor were on the hunt to bring him down. Taylor finally brought him down around the 50 yard line. The Viking offense would get nowhere. This Patriot team was the true definition of a team. The naysayers can say what they want, but this was a group of individuals who worked extremely hard, cared dearly for one another and played with a tremendous amount of pride...PATRIOT PRIDE!! Yes, the Patriots had some talent, but anybody who was at the game could attest that the Northside Vikings outmanned the Patriots man-for-man. In fact, some of the Vikings dwarfed some of the Patriots. But, it's not how you look, it's how you play. And the Patriots came to play for 48 minutes and physically wore the Vikings down with their superion depth and conditioning. Congratulations to all the players, coaches, fans, families, auxillary groups, friends and supporters. This was truely a year in which the Patriots "earned" their state title. And, most of you were their the entire way to witness this special season. Good luck to all of the departing seniors...you will be sorely missed. To the class of 2006, it's your turn to make your mark as we begin our quest for #20!!!!!!!!

Tony Bua drafted by Miami in 4th round of NFL Draft!!!
Alum Tony Bua was drafted by the Miami Dolphins in the second round of the 2004 NFL draft. Tony, who was the University of Arkansas' all time leading tackler, was drafted as a safety. You can visit Tony's website by clicking on the above headline or by typing in http://www.tonybua.com into your web browser. Good luck Tony!!

Four seniors sign football scholarships...
Cody Dimak signed a football scholarship with Nicholls State Wednesday morning on annual signing day. The football scholarship will also enable Cody to play baseball during his time at Nicholls. Good luck to Cody!
Also, Aaron Meyer, Chris Johnson and Frederick Holmes chose to go far away from home for college. They chose Los Angeles, California where UCLA is located. We are extremely excited for each one of them and are happy for their successes.
Matt Luwe and Mike Lagrue also hope to pursue collegiate football careers. Both are eagerly awaiting something to open up for them. Hopefully, something can come along.


Alum Vic Viloria drafted by the Scottish Claymores of NFLE
Class of 1998 alum Vic Viloria was recently drafted in the Free Agent draft of NFL Europe. The Scottish Claymores picked him up in the 10th round. Vic was an All-WAC performer at SMU and was listed on the Butkus watch list. Congratulations and good luck to Vic!

Alum Danny Wimprine featured on College Football News...
Fellow alumni Danny Wimprine, the quarterback of the University of Memphis, is being featured on CollegeFooballNews.com's website. If you want to read the article, click the above headline. Danny was the MVP of the New Orleans Bowl in December. Danny will be a senior next year, and we look forward to watching him!

Congratulations to the 4 Patirots who signed NLI's...
Yesterday, four Patriots signed National Letters of Intent with their respective schools. Darrin Taylor and Devin Joseph each signed with the Universtity of Louisiana at Monroe. Brandin Jordan inked with 1-AA power Southern Illinois and Jacque Jackson signed with Alcorn State. Also, it is apparent that Kirk Bush will walk-on at Tulane and Jeremy Mott is still being recruited by Southern Illinois, who is awaiting his ACT test score.

Danny Wimprine signs with CFL's Calgary Stampeders...
Former Curtis quarterback Danny Wimprine (Memphis Univ.) has inked a free agent contract with the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League. Our prayers and thoughts go out to Danny as he attempts a career in the CFL.

Reggie Dupard elected into Nokia Sugar Bowl Hall of Fame!!
1982 John Curtis graduate Reggie Dupard was elected into the Nokia Sugar Bowl Hall of Fame on Wednesday, May 12th at the New Orleans Superdome. Reggie was on John Curtis teams that had a combined 42-1 record, including three state championships in his Patriots career. Dupard is SMU's second all-time leading rusher, the only running back in school history to have three 1,000+ yard seasons. He was a consensus All-American in 1985 and was drafted in the first round by the New England Patriots in 1986. We are proud of Reggie and all of his accomplishments, not only in football, but in life!! Thanks for the memories Redge! On the same night, former softball player Jessica Barksdale was recognized as the Most Outstanding Female Amateur in the Greater New Orleans Area and also as the player of the month for the month of April. Congratulations Jessica!! Then, current Patriots running back Kirk Bush was recognized as the player of the month for November. Congratulations Kirk!!

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Lt. to Rt.: Reggie Dupard, J.T. Curtis, Jessica Barksdale and Kirk Bush
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Patriots fall to Wildcats in season opener 16-6
The season opener, which was slated to be against Cottonwood (UT) on the first Friday at September, was cancelled due to the hurricane. Instead, the Patriots opened the season on the last Friday of September against the East St. John Wildcats. It was the Wildcats third game of the season, while the Patriots hadn't seen game action since August 27th in the jamboree against Fountainbleu. The Patriots played like that too...rusty. While the Patriot defense played admirably, the offense couldn't muster enough to ever gain advantage of the game. Key mistakes, fumbles and penalties, foiled numerous drives for the offense. The Patriots spotted the Wilcats an early 10-0 lead on an opening game drive for a TD and a field goal on the Wildcats next posession. Joe McKnight then provided the offense's lone highlight on a 68 yard TD scamper. The kick failed and the Patriots trailed 10-6. It remained that way until halftime. After a scoreless third quarter, the Patriots fumbled the ball away and the Wildcats gained control of it. In a key play, the Wildcats faced a fourth and eight from their own 39 yard line. The Wildcats brought in their field goal kicker. The Patriots, expecting a punt or a kick that would fall short, brought in their punt return team. The Wildcat kicker then did the unexpected. He hit the ball perfectly and the ball cleared the crossbar by inches giving the Wildcats a 13-6 lead. The Patriots then received a kickoff, but a Patriot returner slipped down on what looked like what could have been a big return. Things went from bad to worse when the Patriots fumbled away the ball inside the 10 to the Wildcats. However, the Patriot defense forced a field goal, and were inches away from blocking the ball and changing the game. But, the kick went through and the Patriots got one more chance. The offense gained a couple of first downs, then turned the ball over on downs and the game was over. The Patriots fought hard, they just did not have enough things go right for them to win the game. The Wildcats played well, and will have a chance to challenge for the 5A title this year, if they can focus and play like that the rest of the season. The Patriots will play one more non-district game against Choctawhatchee, Florida. You can follow the Patriots to Fort Walton Beach, Florida before district starts on October 14th against undefeated St. Charles.

Patriots set to battle East St. John in season opener...
The John Curtis Christian Patriots seem ready to open the season Friday night because there is finally no threat of serious weather conditions. The Patriots will travel to Joe Keller Stadium in LaPlace to face the East St. John Wildcats. The Wildcats are 1-1 on the season with a season opening loss to Hahnville two weeks ago 28-27 on the final play of the game. The Wildcats responded with a huge win over East Ascension last week on the road. The Wildcats are said to be able to contend for the 5A crown this year, so it will be a big test for the Patriots. It should prove to be an exciting atmosphere. The Patriots have returned almost all of their players and some are still on the way. Also, a couple of new additions have been added to the squad and will see their first action as Patriots Friday night. The entire starting lines, both offensive and defensive, plus their backups all have returned. Quarterback Kyle Collura has progressed nicely and has seemed to fully recover from his aggravated collarbone injury and will lead the Patriots offense. Senior running backs Scotty Encalade and Blaine Roberts as well as junior David Seeman will be in the Patriot backfield ready to go. Returning receivers are Vincent Allen, Jesse Danna, and defensive back Robby Green. New receivers who may see action are Stephen Bourgeois, Scott Makepeace, Mike Vidrine, Brent Golden, Lance Frazier and Rougie Odor. On the line returning are Chris Tusch, Mike Collins, Ian Nicholson, Bryan Munch, Blake Badeaux, Andrew Niermann, Ruston Rodrigue, and Tight Ends Kevin Wild and Blake Lachute. Linebacker Jacod Dufrene will also add depth to the Tight End position. Defensively the Patriots return linemen Oscar Ponce deLeon, Stephen Champagne, Mike Klein and Jonathan English...as well as some younger backups who have been with us. Linebackers Matt Snyder, John Ruttley, Mike Walker, Lincston Jones, Jacob Dufrene, Josh Medley, Marcus Carlisle and Matt Stansbury. In the secondary, Colby Arceneaux, Kelby Wuertz, Tony Friedman, Alvin Scott, P.J. Smith, Alex Lauricella, Conner Mullins, and Robby Green. The Patriots are excited about the opportunity to get back on the field and play a game. Also, school has been running virtually flawless since opening it's doors to old and new students on Monday. We hope your transition throughout the rebuilding of our great city and it's metro area are as smooth as ours has been. We hope to see you Friday night in Reserve for what hopes to be a good ballgame!

Patriots shake off rust..come back to defeat Green Indians
The John Curtis Patriots took to the road at 9:30 Friday morning to depart for a trip to Fort Walton Beach, Florida to take on the Choctawhatchee Green Indians. The ride was long due to previous Hurricane damage to the Interstate sysetem between Louisiana and Florida. The game would not disappoint those who made the trek to the game. The Patriots fell behind 14-0 on a TD pass and a fake field goal. Patriots' running back David Seeman then scampered 80 yards to cut the Indians' lead in half at 14-7. The Patriots blocked an attmepted field goal and nearly tied the game on a scoop and score. However, the Patriots took to the half down by a touchdown. In the second half, the Patriots took control of the game scoring 20 unanswered points en route to a 27-14 lead. Seeman scored on a 13 run, Freshman Kenny Cain added another touchdown for the Patriots first lead of the season, and Joe McKnight hauled in a 23 yard TD pass from quarterback Kyle Collura. The Patriots road weariness began to show though late in the fourth quarter. The Indians trimmed the lead to 27-21 with 3:06 remaining in the game. On the Patriots first play from scrimmage, the ball squirted loose on a what seemed to a substantially gained play and the Indians recovered. The Patriot defense stood tall when it was needed most and kept the Indians out of the endzone and off of the scoreboard. The Patriot offense then converted on fourth and a foot on the 28 yard line to seal the game. It was a gamble the Patriot offense wanted and needed. The Patriots now have two games under their belt entering the start of district against undefeated and #2 ranked St. Charles Catholic Comets. In an awkward twist, the Patriots will travel to LaPlace to take on the Comets for a Patriots "home" game. Muss Bertolino's light standards suffered some damage from the hurricane and the playground was also used for some National Guard and FEMA personnel. So, a night game there was out of the realm of possibility. St. Charles opened district last week with a win over Donaldsonville and improved to 5-0 and 1-0 in district play. Come to LaPlace next week to cheer on the Patriots in their district opener! We hope to see you there.

Comets completely dominated by Patriots in district opener...
The 2005 John Curtis Football team finally looked like it's old self Friday night at St. Charles in the district opener for the Patriots. The Patriots dominated from the start in a 31-0 victory. The defense allowed only one first down in the first half as the Patriot offense scored four touchdowns and held a 25-0 advantage over the Comets. Four different Patriots scored inn the game. Kyle Collura scored first on a quarterback sneak for a 7-0 lead. Blaine Roberts bursted through the middle for a 52 yard TD run for a 13-0 lead. David Seeman followed that with an 8 yard TD to increase the Patriot lead to 19-0. Rounding out the score in the first half was another quarterback sneak, this time from 7 yards out for the 25-0 halftime advantage. Joe McKnight scored the lone TD in the second half on a brilliant run from 43 yards out for the final score of 31-0. The Comets never threatened to score except with just a couple of minutes remaining. But, the backup Patriots kept them out of the endzone and off of the scoreboard twice! The defense was exceptional all night long for the Patriots. Tremendous pressure from the Patriots defensive linemen, Oscar Ponce deLeon, Mike Klein, Stephen Champagne and Jonathan English frustrated the Comet quarterback all night. English even had a great read on a screen pass and picked it off and rumbled about 10 yards for the Patriots. The screen pass was rushed though because of pressure applied by outside linebacker Jacob Dufrene. Also, applying pressure for the Patriots were outside linebackers John Ruttley and Matt Snyder. The Patriots improved to 2-1 on the season and 1-0 in disrict. The Patriots will travel to Reserve to face off against the Riverside Rebels. The Rebels are 2-0 in district with an impressive victory over the St. James Wildcats, and are 5-1 on the season. Get there early so you can enjoy the game Friday night.

Sluggish start isn't enough to stop Patriots...
The Patriots started the game very sluggishly against the Riverside Rebels Friday night in Reserve and actually trailed 6-3 late in the second quarter. The Riverside lead though was a shortlived 25 second one. The Rebels scored with just :25 seconds left on the scoreboard in the second quarter, giving the Rebels a 6-3 lead. Kicker Josh Medley kicked a field goal earlier in the second quarter for the Patriots' points. After the Rebels went ahead, a big return by Joe McKnight and a 24 yard run by David Seeman, put the Patriots in position to tie the game with :05 seconds left. Medley kicked his second field goal of the night to tie score. In the second half, the defense shutout the Rebels and quarterback Kyle Collura threw two touchdowns, one each to P.J. Smith and tight end Jacod Dufrene, for the final score of 21-6. It was a good hard fought game and the Patriots needed that type of win on the road to prepare them for the playoffs. Next week, the Patriots will play their first home game of the season at Muss Bertolino on Thursday night. The game will be against the highly regarded St. James Wildcats. Thursday night will also be Homecoming for the Patriots. We hope to have a good crowd, so come on out and support your Patriots. See you there!! GO PATRIOTS!!

Patriots get defensive...
The Patriot defense scored two touchdowns in the third quarter to seal the game in Thursday night's homecoming game. The Patriots built a 10-7 halftime lead behind a field goal by Josh Medley and a run scoring touchdown by quarterback Kyle Collura. David Seeman led all rushers on offense with 120 yards on 20 carries. In the second half, Joe McKnight intercepted a pass and raced 55 yards for the touchdown and a 17-7 lead. After pinning the Wildcats inside the five yard line on a punt, the Patriot defense scored again. John Ruttley knocked the ball carrier for a loss and Mike Walker recovered the ball in the endzone for another Patriot TD. Ruttley also had a blocked punt earlier in the game. The Patriots will be no worse than Co-District Champions. If the Patriots defeat the Donaldsonville Tigers, the outright disrict championship will be theirs. The Patriots travel to Donaldsonville next Friday night.

John Curtis Lady Patriot Volleyball
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The team was recognized at Halftime of the Loyola Prep game
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The Lady Patriot Volleyball team defeated Iota in the quarterfinals of the state tournament Thursday afternoon to advance to the semi-finals against St. Martin's. However, the Lady Patriots did not fare as well in that game, but put up a really good fight. The Patriots lost two close games to start out, but didn't quit. The Patriots won the third game convincingly and appeared to have some momentum entering the fourth game of the match. But, the Saints proved to be too much as they downed the Patriots and won the match 3-1. Congratulations to the Lady Patriots who are the 2005 Semi-Finalists and District Champions. After all that they have been through with the Hurricane and what not, this season was a success!

Patriots clinch district title...playoffs next!
In early September, things looked bleak for the New Orleans metropolitan area football teams...including the Patriots. But, here we are in early November awaiting the 2005 playoffs as the regular season wraps up this weekend. The Patriots led the Donaldsonville Tigers midway through the third quarter 34-0 before leaving with a 34-15 district championship clinching victory. David Seeman scored three times and Kyle Collura connected with Joe McKnight for a TD pass. The other touchdown was a run by quarterback Matt Saucier. The Patriot starting defense was completely suffocating all night. Donaldsonville had one first down in the first half. Even though the Tigers were winless in district 10-2A, the Tigers will get into the playoffs because of their 6-0 non-district record. The Patriots will probably enter as the #2 seed, mainly because they were only able to play six games, will find out who they play officially at approximately 1:30 tomorrow in Baton Rouge. Stay tuned to find out who the opponent is as the game will probably be played Muss Bertolino Friday night.

Flyers no match for momentum gaining Patriots...
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David Seeman carried for 108 yards on just 4 carries
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The Patriots finally flexed their offensive muscle Friday night in the opening round of the playoffs. It only took the Patriots their first three carries to amass 100 yards rushing against Loyola Prep Friday night. Joe McKnight had touchdown runs of 82 and 41 on his only two carries of the night. David Seeman also was a 100 yard gainer amassing 108 yards on just 4 carries, including two TD's. Scotty Encalade ran in from 11 yards out for another Patriot TD. Matt Saucier chipped in a touchdown also, running in from 18 yards out. Sophomore running back Blaine LeBlanc got his first career Patriot touchdown, running in untouched from 22 yards out. The starting defense was absolutely smothering. They also gave the Patriots a touchdown when Mike Klein scored his first Patriot TD picking up a loose ball and running 17 yards for the touchdown. The Patriots will now travel to Kinder High School for a regional playoff game set to begin at 7:00 on Friday night. See the Records section of the webpage to learn more about Kinder. (**Note: A big thanks to Chris Medley who gave me the pictures he took from the game Friday night! It's a big help to the website! Thanks, Chris!!)

Patriots cruise in Regionals, set to play Thanksgiving week against Riverside...
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19 State Titles and counting!!!
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The Patriots did not let 1978's upset repeat itself Friday night against Kinder. The Patriots took the first possession of the game for a quick score and a 7-0 lead. The Yellow Jackets first play resulted in a fumble and three plays later, Josh Medley booted a field goal and a 10-0 lead. After another defensive stop, the Patriots marched right back down the field for another score and a 17-0 lead. After a first down and a punt out of bounds, the Patriots got the ball back and David Seeman found the left sideline for a 62 yard run, down to the two yard line. A QB sneak for a TD gave the Patriots a 24-0 lead. The Jacketes then got a little bit of a drive working and faced a 4th and short and decided to go for it. Bad idea...the Patriot defense was up to the challenge and stuffed the Jackets to turn the ball over on downs. The Patriots decided to score quickly this time. QB Kyle Collura connected with wide receiver Joe McKnight for a 64 yard TD and a 31-0 lead. The Patriots got the ball back with :12 seconds left on the 47 yard line. After an incomplete pass to try to set up a field goal, the Patriots decided to go for it all with just :06 seconds left. Four receivers streaked down the field and P.J. Smith went high to get the ball, so did all of the defenders. The ball tipped off of Smiths hands and into the hands of McKnight to trotted into the endzone and a 38-0 halftime lead. To open the second half, the Jackets had a nice drive working and got in the redzone. But, great pressure by the Patriot front of Oscar Ponce deLeon, Jonathan English, Mike Klein, Stephen Champagne, Jacod Dufrene, John Ruttley and Matt Snyder forced the Yellow Jacket QB to throw a ball high. The high pass floated into McKnight's hands again and he raced up the Patriot sideline for a 97 yard interception return for a TD and a 44-0 lead. The last TD of the game was scored by Blaine LeBlanc on a 21 yard TD run for a 50-0 lead. The Jackets did score three TD's in the fourth quarter on Patriot reserves, two following Patriot fumbles inside the 30 yardline. The win sets up a rematch with district foe Riverside. Also, this is Thanksgiving week, which means that our annual Thanksgiving practice and devotional for all parents and Alumni will be Thursday morning. Practice will start at 8:00 with the devotional following at 9:00. We hope we have a nice turnout, as usual.

New Feature!!!Click the movie camera button to watch the clip of Joe McKnight catching a tipped pass off the hands of P.J. Smith to end the first half!


Thanksgiving devotional Thursday morning...
The now annual Thanksgiving devotional for all players, parents, alumni, coaches and friends of the program is set for Thursday morning at 9:00. The devotional will immediately follow the 8:00 practice on Thanksgiving morning. This tradition was started in 1975 and has continued each year the Patriots make it to this round of the playoffs. This is a joyous time for Coach J.T. and his staff, so please, if you can attend, please do so. Tickets for the game will also be on sale in the business office on Wednesday from 9:00-1:00 and Thursday morning at practice and the devotional. We hope you can attend and see you there.

Defense demolishes Rebels...
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D-Lineman Jonathan "Tank" English celebrates his pick for 6!!
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The defense limited the Riverside Rebels to just 16 total yards the entire night. The Rebels could only amass 7 total yards rushing. In contrast, the Patriots rolled up 218 rushing yards and 84 passing yards en route to a 42-0 quarter-final victory. The Patriots advance to play the Ouachita Christian Eagles in the Semi-Finals at home next Friday night. The Patriots didn't get out to an early start on offense having to punt on it's first two possessions. However, the Patriots went to work after that going 65 yards for it's first score on a six yard run by Joe McKnight. Blaine Roberts had a big 32 yard run to set up the score. The second quarter belonged to the Patriots. The Patriots scored 22 points in the quarter alone. Kyle Collura connected with wide receiver P.J. Smith for a 41 yard touchdown pass. Smith went high into the air and made a good catch, but made a great run to get the ball into the endzone for a 14-0 lead. McKnight got his second touchdown of the game on a 17 yard run and a 21-0 lead. On the next possession the defense chipped in with points. Defensive lineman Jonathan English intercepted a Rebel screen pass and rumbled past the Rebel quarterback and carried another defender into the endzone for a 25 yard touchdown. A 2-point conversion on the PAT made the score 29-0 at the half. The last two touchdowns of the game came in the third quarter when McKnight scored on a 12 yard TD run and a 45 yard TD pass from Collura to make the final score 42-0. Even though McKnight had 3 TD runs, running back David Seeman led all Patriot runners with 87 yards rushing on 8 carries. The difference in the first game and this game was the Patriot offensive line. The O-Line blocked very well and is getting better and better every week. Come out next Friday night for the semi-finals to see who earn's the right to go to Shreveport for this year's State Championship!!

New Feature!!!Click the movie camera button to watch the clip of Jonathan scoring his touchdown!


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We're going to the 'Ship in Shreveport!!
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Patriots thwart Eagles...Rematch vs. Comets next!
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The Patriots didn't wait long to secure their spot in Shreveport for the 2A championship game. The Patriots scored all of their points in the first half, as each unit pitched in to score points. Joe McKnight started the scoring with a 55 yard punt return highlighted by some big blocks. The defense then scored two points when outside linebacker Matt Snyder tackled the Eagle running back in the endzone for a safety and a 9-0 lead. On the next possession, running back David Seeman darted 55 yards for another TD and a 16 point first quarter lead. On the next possession, QB Kyle Collura tossed a 64 yard TD pass to Joe McKnight for a 22-0 lead after a failed two point conversion. On the next possession, running back Blaine Roberts sprinted 76 yards for another Patriot TD and a 29-0 lead. Josh Medley then booted a 27 yard field goal for a 32-0 lead. After a 3 and out by the Patriot defense, the offense got one more chance to score before half and did so on a 8 yard pass to Joe McKnight for a 39-0 halftime lead. The Eagles did a better job of keeping the Patriot offense off of the field and did not turn the ball over in the second half. The Eagles and Patriots had one possession each in the third quarter on two time consuming drives. The Eagles were turned away on the five yard line. The Patriots then drove down to the field and missed a 4th and 6 on the 11 yard line. The Eagles scored their only points with 4;30 left in the game, for a final score of 39-7. The Patriots will now travel to Shreveport to face St. Charles Catholic in a rematch of a district 10-2A contest in which the Patriots won 31-0. But, that was a long time ago and this is for much higher stakes! The Comets will try for thier first title while the Patriots are playing for title #20!! Even though this year's state game is a long ways away, we hope we have our usual great support in the stands. Our following has been outstanding for each game this season, so we hope we have a GREAT crowd at Independence Stadium in Shreveport Friday afternoon at 1:00. If you are an alum who lives closer to Shreveport than New Orleans, this is your chance to show your support of the Patriots and be a part of this great opportunity! We hope to see you all there!!

Click the movie button to see Joe McKnight's punt return for a TD!

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JC vs. SCC...visit site and click on listen live
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Game to be streamed over the internet this week...
BIZ RADIO 990 TO BROADCAST AND WEBCAST 2-A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP CONTEST

Biz Radio 990 will broadcast the Class 2-A state championship game between St. Charles Catholic and John Curtis Christian on Friday, December 9 at Independence Bowl Stadium in Shreveport. The game can also be heard via the worldwide web at www.bizneworleans.com.
"As part of our year-round commitment to prep sports, we are proud to have the opportunity to bring this exciting contest featuring two New Orleans-area teams to our listening audience that cannot make it to Shreveport as well as to the many alumni and supporters of these two outstanding institutions worldwide via our streaming audio feed," said Todd Matherne, Chief Operating Officer for MC Media, which owns Biz Radio 990.
Biz Radio 990 Sports Director Ken Trahan will handle play-by-play duties with David Lowry providing color analysis and Matt Sims handling sideline reports. The broadcast will begin with a 30 minute pre-game show at 12:30 p.m. with kickoff set for 1 p.m. Biz Radio 990 is home to the award-winning Ken Trahan's Original Prep Football Report, which will be broadcast live from Shreveport Friday night form 6:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. with Ed Daniels, Ron Brocato, Les East, and many special guests. For more information, contact Biz Radio 990 Operations Manager Bob Christopher at (504) 830-7233.