John Curtis takes care of business in convincing win over Rummel

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John Curtis takes care of business in convincing win over Rummel (Ken Trahan)

With the change in Division I power ratings as a result of Brother Martin having to forfeit five games, much was at stake Saturday afternoon at Joe Yenni Stadium.

John Curtis Christian and Archbishop Rummel hooked up with the outside possibility of a top four seed and a bye looming.

The Patriots played the part well enough in a 34-20 victory in the District 9-5A contest.

The Patriots had a chance to win easily but lost four fumbles in the contest.

While John Curtis dominated up front, Rummel squandered four opportunities in the red zone, coming away with no points.

John Curtis jumped on top, driving 50 yards in eight plays with Buddy Taylor keeping left on a 10-yard touchdown to make it 7-0 with 3:37 to play in the first quarter.

Brad Crescioni then blocked a Raider punt, setting up John Curtis at the Rummel 25-yard line.

Curtis capitalized with Jason Gabriel scoring on a 7-yard run by Jason Gabriel on the final play of the first quarter to make it 14-0.

After forcing a third straight 3-and-out, the Curtis offense needed just two plays to go 60 yards as Patrick LeBranch broke a 50-yard run for a score, straight up the middle, and it was 21-0 with 9:47 to play in the first half.

Rummel then staged a 13-play drive which reached the John Curtis 3-yard line but a holding penalty pushed it back to the 13 and on fourth down, Rummel went for it and Casey Avrard was intercepted by Gared Washington.

The Raiders had another shot to score prior to halftime, reaching the Curtis 15-yard line but once again, the Patriots got a stop to get to halftime with a 21-0 lead.

The Patriot defense got another 3-and-out to start the second half and the Curtis offense proceeded to drive 54 yards in five plays with Gabriel scoring on a 2-yard run and it was 27-0 with 8:12 to play in the third quarter following a missed extra point.

The Raiders used the kicking game to finally get on the board as Ashton Stamps returned the ensuing kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown and it was 27-7 with 7:57 to play in the third quarter.

Rummel came up with a big turnover as Anquan Milton forced a fumble by Marlon Prout which Grant Stevens recovered at the Curtis 14-yard line but once again, Rummel failed to score in the red zone.

The Patriots then wore Rummel down, driving 86 yards in 17 plays with Buddy Taylor rushing nine yards for a score on the second play of the fourth quarter to make it 34-7 with 11:28 to play in the game.

Already plagued by injuries, Rummel lost star running back Jaidyn Martin early in the third quarter to an apparent shoulder injury and lost star receiver and McNeese commit Nick Howard early in the fourth quarter on a personal foul, helmet-to-helmet hit as he was carted off on a stretcher but was able to raise his arm.

Freshman La’Damion McDowell capped the scoring for Rummel, scoring on a 14-yard run with 2:29 left in the game against reserves for the Patriots.

Ashton Coffelt recovered a fumble late in the game, the third lost fumble for John Curtis.

Rummel took advantage as Avrard hit Wallace on an 11-yard touchdown pass to account for the final margin after a missed extra point, making the final margin respectable.

Stevens then recovered his second fumble of the game at the Rummel 49-yard line with 1:36 to play in the game but on the next play, Avrard was intercepted by Blake Wibel to seal the verdict.

With the win, John Curtis kept its hopes of sharing a Catholic League title alive, trailing Jesuit by one game heading into the final weekend of the regular season.

John Curtis (4-2, 4-1) will host Brother Martin next Saturday afternoon at Joe Yenni Stadium while Rummel (5-2, 3-2) will play Jesuit at Tad Gormley Stadium next Friday night.

FINAL
JC 14 7 6 7 — 34
RUM 0 0 7 6 — 20

Scoring:
1st Qtr.
JC—Buddy Taylor, 10-yard run (Tucker Tevepaugh kick)
JC—Jason Gabriel, 7yard run (Tucker Tevepaugh kick)

2nd Qtr.
JC—Patrick LeBranch, 50-yard run (Tucker Tevepaugh kick)

3rd Qtr.
JC—Jason Gabriel, 2-yard run (kick failed)
RUM—Ashton Stamps, 97-yard kickoff return (Chris Wallace kick)

4th Qtr.
JC—Buddy Taylor, 9-yard run (Tucker Tevepaugh kick)
RUM—La’Damion McDowell, 14-yard run (Chris Wallace Kick)
RUM—Chris Wallace, 11-yard pass from Casey Avrard (kick failed)

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Ken Trahan

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Born and raised in the New Orleans area, CCSE CEO Ken Trahan has been a sports media fixture in the community for nearly four decades. Ken started NewOrleans.com/Sports with Bill Hammack and Don Jones in 2008. In 2011, the site became SportsNOLA.com. On August 1, 2017, Ken helped launch CrescentCitySports.com. Having accumulated national awards/recognition (National Sports Media Association, National Football…

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