Scrimmage provides useful tune-up for John Curtis, St. Paul’s

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Curtis at St. Paul's scrimmage
Defenses  for John Curtis and St. Paul’s shined during their scrimmage Wednesday in Covington (Photo: Pat Mashburn)

Until we meet again.

That wasn’t the primary mode of thinking as John Curtis traveled to the south shore for their annual scrimmage at St. Paul’s, but it could happen in the 2017 postseason.

John Curtis coach J.T. Curtis and St. Paul’s coach Ken Sears were dialed in to integrating new personnel at different positions on both sides of the line, and making adjustments for their upcoming jamborees next weekend.

“It was a typical scrimmage against a very good football team, a team that is physical, and a team I think we gain a lot from playing,” coach Curtis said. “We’re going to have to improve our throwing, a little bit. I thought we were erratic. We made some big plays and we missed some plays. I was pleased that I thought the defense progressed as the scrimmage went on.”

Not just getting to the Division I championship game, but winning is the goal for the Patriots, who went into the 2016 postseason seeded first, falling in the semifinals to fifth seed and eventual champion Evangel.

St. Paul’s is once again one of the teams to beat in District 6-5A and they too have designs on getting to the Division I title game. Last season, the Wolves advanced past Shaw in the first round, and fell to Evangel 28-21 at home in the semifinals.

“I thought, defensively, we ran to the football well, and did a good job holding them on third down situations,” coach Sears said. “We showed depth since we had a bunch of guys out, and guys stepped up and played well with the first group. I also thought we tackled well.”

Runningback Corey Williamson, among others, did not participate for St. Paul’s.

The Patriots will travel back to the south shore next Friday to take on Covington in a jamboree while the Wolves will host Rummel that same night in jamboree action.

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