Many poised to make run at another state title

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It has a whirlwind experience for Jess Curtis at Many High School.

Curtis has guided the Tigers to a pair of state championships in 2014 and most recently in 2020.

In 2013, 2019 and 2021, the Tigers reached the title game once again, falling just short each time. That included a 17-6 loss to Amite in the championship game a year ago. Many also reached the semifinals in 2016, 2017 and 2018. Many has made the playoffs in 14 straight seasons.

Simply put, Curtis has presided over the most consistently good 2A program in Louisiana in his 12 years on the job. His record of 129-30 (81.1% wins) is gaudy and it is extremely impressive.

Year 13 may be a lucky number for Curtis as well as the Tigers are once again potent and a favorite to win a state title.

While Many must replace running back London Williams, now at Northwestern State, along with tackle Korey Jones, now at McNeese, the 2022 Tigers are loaded with experience and talent as 17 starters return.

That includes seven on offense.

Leading the way is a superb athlete in senior Tackett Curtis (6-2, 220).

Curtis has narrowed his college choices down to LSU, Ohio State, USC and Wisconsin.

While Curtis is expected to play linebacker at the next level, he will handle the quarterback duty offensively once again.

At running back, junior Jeremiah James (6-0, 190) returns and will be joined by senior Jamarlyn Garner (6-0, 185).

The wide receiver position features a returning starter in junior JC Hendrickson (6-0, 175) and he will be joined by junior Trevon McClendon (6-0, 170).

Junior tight end Mason Leach (6-1, 215) is back and is solid.

Up front, junior guard Joseph Cryer (6-5, 295) is huge and physical, a mauler who has an offer from Michigan State. Two other starters return in senior center Cole Pickett (6-0, 265) and senior tackle Jacolby “Big Cat” Jones (6-6, 275). The other starter is senior Dutch Korr (6-1, 265), giving Many perhaps the biggest offensive front in 2A in Louisiana.

While the offense will be good, the defense should be elite, with 10 starters returning from a unit that was outstanding in 2021, posting four shutouts.

They include junior defensive ends Swazy Carhell (6-2, 245) and Jakoren Smart (6-1, 260). The only new starter is senior nose tackle Adam Miller (6-2, 275).

All three starting linebackers return, featuring seniors Keaton Montgomery (6-1, 215) and Blake Matkin (6-0, 225), along with junior Garret Culverson (6-2, 220).

All five starters are back from a year ago in the secondary, including Curtis at free safety and junior Tylen Singleton (6-2, 190) at strong safety. Singleton is one of the best players in Louisiana and he has 15 college offers, including from LSU.

Also at strong safety is senior Trent Williams (6-0, 190) while the corners are senior Jay Smart (6-0, 185) and Kedrick Gosey (6-1, 180).

The kicker is Decon LaFollette while the punter is Joseph Yount.

The schedule opens on Sept. 2 at home against 5A Sam Houston before a road trip to DeRidder. Week three features a home game with 5A Haughton before Arch Manning and Newman make the trip to Many for week four on Sept. 23.

A road game against Mansfield complete the non-district schedule.

District 3-2A play opens at Winnfield on Oct. 14 before another matchup with Jonesboro-Hodge. Then, it is back to district play against Red River before a home game with Lakeview completes the regular season.

Many has all of the necessary ingredients to win a third state title under Curtis with a proven, outstanding coach, depth, size, speed and championship-game experience.

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