John Curtis runs over Holy Cross, 46-21
KENNER – The Patriots make it look easy.
After scoring 58 points last week in a blowout win against St. Augustine, John Curtis responded with a 46-21 thumping of district rival Holy Cross at Muss Bertolino Park on Friday night.
The rushing attack was on point, per usual, as the Patriots ran 38 times for a whopping 384 yards and four touchdowns.
The defense was rigorous, forcing the Tigers to punt on all but one possession in the first half, and going into halftime with a commanding 37-0 lead.
With the District 9-5A win, John Curtis (8-0, 4-0) remains undefeated and is allowing less than 14 points a game on the season.
“It’s an awfully good defensive football team. We have really good speed and we’ve had some really good defensive teams through the years. But if they continue to play the way they are right now it will certainly go down as one of the better ones,” Patriots coach J.T. Curtis said.
The rout started with a 27-yard field goal by Austin McCready on the first drive, the Patriots took the lead and never looked back.
A sack by Colby Orgeron held Holy Cross (5-3, 2-3) to a punt on the ensuing possession and the Patriots got the ball with good field position at the Tigers 37-yard line.
Orgeron finished with two sacks and the rest of the defense played lights out in the first half.
“We came out here to dominate and that’s exactly what we did,” Orgeron said. “Straight off the bat, with those defensive plays and our offense killing it, putting points on the board. I feel like we truly came out here and dominated.”
Quarterback Collin Guggenheim connected with Joel Taylor for a 32-yard catch to start the drive, putting the Patriots on the 5-yard line. Two plays later Corey Wren pushed in the 1-yard score upping the lead to 10-0 with 3:41 left in the first quarter.
Junior running back Corey Wren ran for a team-high 125 yards and three touchdowns on just seven carries. Wren returned a punt 65 yards to the house midway through the second quarter and exploded down the sideline for a 94-yard touchdown run early in the second half.
The Patriots scored on all six of their possessions in the first half, and coach Curtis couldn’t ask for much more.
“Consistency is what you want to build offensively, and I thought we did a really nice a job of making something out of our opportunities.”
On the Patriots third possession, Curtis drove down the field scoring on another one-yard run, but this time it was Guggenheim to cap a 7-play 74-yard drive to put the score at 17-0 with 10:47 left in the half. Guggenheim was 4-of-7 for 79 yards and a touchdown. He added 11 carries for 112 yards and another score.
After holding the Tigers to another punt, the Patriots sprinted down the field scoring on a 21-yard catch by Javon Davis. The score was now 24-0 with 7:22 left in the half the game was starting to get out of reach.
Holy Cross couldn’t get it going and went three-and-out, before Wren returned a 65-punt return for a touchdown. The extra point was blocked, and the score was now 30-0 with 5:40 left in the second quarter.
Again the Tigers were forced to punt after a three-and-out, and Choncee Crum found the end zone on a 19-yard run to cap a 5-play 65-yard drive with 2:00 left in the half. The PAT was good, and the score was 37-0 at halftime.
“I think coming out and winning this homecoming game was a big statement win. With this team being very young, I think we’re slowly getting better as every week goes by. We’re doing a really good job of taking the reins of the Patriot tradition and really showing what it’s about,” said Curtis quarterback Collin Guggenheim.
Tigers running back Jalen Handy got loose in the second half, breaking off a touchdown run for 28 yards late in the third quarter for the first score of the night. He also exploded for a 56-yard run on their last drive of the game.
Handy carried 25 times for 208 yards and two touchdowns.
Holy Cross head coach Guy Lecompte was glad to see his team continue fighting.
“I’m proud of our kids in how they competed and finished the game. Our motivating factor has never been whether we’re up or down on the scoreboard, and our guys showed some character tonight.”
Receiver Tyler Kirkwood scored his 7th touchdown on the season on a 24-yard catch midway through the fourth quarter. Kirkwood caught 6 balls for 51 yards and a touchdown.
“We played really well through the first half and then we kind of got a little lackadaisical defensively and didn’t make some plays we needed to make. Part of that was Holy Cross’s offensive skill that they put on the field. So we gotta continue to work to get better at that. You gotta be pleased with 46 points tonight against a good football team,” said coach Curtis.
Catholic League play will continue for both teams next week. The Patriots may get their toughest battle yet, facing off against rival Archbishop Rummel next Saturday at Joe Yenni, while Holy Cross will host Archbishop Shaw on Friday night.
Holy Cross I 0 I 0 I 7 I 14 — 21
John Curtis I 10 I 27 I 7 I 3 — 46
JC- Austin McCready, 27- yard kick – 0-3 @ 7:32
JC- Corey Wren, 1 yard run (Austin McCready kick) 0-10 @ 3:41
JC- Collin Guggenheim, 1 yard run (Austin McCready kick) 0-17 @ 10:47
JC – Javon Davis, 21 yard catch from Guggenheim (Austin McCready kick) 0-24 @ 7:22
JC – Corey Wren, 65 yard punt return (kick blocked) 0-30 @ 5:40
JC – Choncee Crum, 19 yard run (Elinus Noel kick) 0-37 @ 2:00
JC- Corey Wren, 94 yard run (kick failed) 0-43 @ 7:25
HC – Jalen Handy, 28 yard run (Nolan Heitmeier kick) 7-43 @ 2:32
JC- Austin McCready, 38 yard kick 7-46 @ 11:57
HC – Tyler Kirkwood, 24 yard catch, (Nolan Heitmeier kick) 14-46 @ 7:08
HC – Jalen Handy, 56 yard run (Nolan Heitmeier kick) 21-46 @1:55
HC 4 for 35 yards
JC 11 for 141 yards
Jaden Handy, 25 carries for 212 yards, 2 TDs
Jordan Hurwitz, 1 carry for 9 yards
John Dade Wooton, 3 carries for -5 yards
Corey Wren, 7 carries for 125 yards, 3 TDs
Collin Guggenheim, 11 carries for 112 yards, 1 TD
Ma’Khi Smith, 4 carries for 50 yards
Charles Quinn, 2 carries for 2 yards
Choncee Crum, 4 carries for 63 yards, 1 TD
August Berry, 4 carries for 31 yards
Jakory Lee, 4 carries for 7 yards
Tylen Taylor, 2 carries for 1 yard
John Dade Wooton 17-of-24 for 134 yards and 1 TD, 1 INT
Collin Guggenheim, 4-of-7 for 79 yards, 1 TD
Tyler Kirkwood, 6 for 50 yards, 1 TD
Jalen Johnson, 8 for 60 yards
Merlin Seminary, 2 for 16 yards
Christian Calimari, 1 for 8 yards
Joel Taylor, 1 for 32 yards
Javon Davis, 2 for 25 yards, 1 TD
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Born at East Jefferson Hospital, Jordan Liuzza is a Louisiana native who grew up in Metairie, before moving to Destrehan after Hurricane Katrina. Jordan graduated Destrehan High School, class of 2012, and thereafter graduated from LSU, class of 2017, with a B.A. in Communications. Growing up in Metairie, Jordan played park ball at Johnny Bright Playground. At Destrehan High School,…