All week long J.T. Curtis told his players they could not relax. A 34-31 win over Parkview Baptist last year was a close call.
This time it wasn’t close. The Eagles cut the lead to 10 points twice in the third quarter, but John Curtis went on a 34-6 run over the final 18 minutes to notch an improbable 66-28 victory Friday night at PBS.
The final score left fans for Curtis (2-1) and PBS (1-2) shaking their heads as the two option-oriented teams combined to score 61 second-half points after Curtis held a 25-8 halftime lead.
“Last year we got up on them in the first half and I think we did relax and it turned into a nail-biter,” Curtis said. “I don’t think anybody could have predicted the score. We knew they would keep coming at us. We made some mistakes, but I thought our offense played well.”
Quarterback Collin Guggenheim led Curtis with a 158 yards on 15 carries, including 113 yards and a TD in the second half. Darryan Washington added 63 yards on 7 carries and scored three TDs for the second-ranked Patriots of Class 5A.
Parker Kirby led Parkview, rated ninth in 4A, with 49 yards on 11 carries with two TDs.
“When you get behind with them you can say we’re going to play conservative and take the loss,” PBS coach Jay Mayet said. “We weren’t going to do that. We took some chances and gave up some things they took advantage of. We came at them and were going to play hard until it ended.”
Parkview got the first break. The Eagles’ Evan Chaney recovered Guggenheim’s fumble on Curtis’ first scrimmage play after the opening kickoff at the JC 16. Five plays later, including a 7-yard TD run by Kirby, Parkview had an 8-0 lead.
The Patriots rolled up 238 first-half yards took control with scorin drives of 10 and 14 yards to forge ahead.
Washington’s 4-yard scoring run and a two-point PAT tied it at 8-8. Brock Winstell gave the Patriots an 11-8 lead with a 27-yard field. Winstell’s go-ahead kick with 8:08 left in the half set the stage for two more scores. Washington scored on a 21-yard run. Guggenheim’s 41-yard TD pass to Tyrone Leggette with 17 seconds to go in the half made it 25-7.
The prolific second half offered plenty of highlights. Parkview had big plays – a 60-yard kickoff return by Terry Tolliver, a 65-yard TD pass from Alexander Aucoin to Kyle Washington and an 82-yard fumble return for a TD by Dustin Phillippe.
Tolliver’s return set up an 8-yard TD run Kirby. The Eagles cut the Curtis lead to 25-15. Corey Wren’s 20-yard TD run for Curtis was the next score. PBS followed it with the Aucoin to Washington pass play. A 20-6 fourth-quarter surge by Curtis included two short TD runs by reserve August Berry.
"We came in knowing we had to make plays and we did," Curtis' Washington said. "I think this game sets us up for where we need to be for the rest of the year."