It’s the game we anticipated back in February when we first learned John Curtis was joining the Catholic League.
We circled it on our calendars as soon as the schedules were finalized.
Now, it’s almost here.
On Saturday afternoon, Rummel (7-1) and John Curtis (6-1) will play in the obvious choice for game of this week (if not game of the the year).
We can only hope that it lives up to all the lofty expectations.
The only other times the two teams played was way back in 1964, when Rummel won 26-0.
But that was five years before the legendary J.T. Curtis took over as coach of the school his dad founded.
But it will be the first time the two have played each other.
Now the two schools, located just six miles apart, will meet for the first time in 51 years.
Get there early because: 1. It’ll likely be a packed house, and 2. It’ll be over before you know it.
With these two run-heavy offenses, this game might take only an hour or so to finish.
Curtis has thrown just 40 passes all season, an average of just over five per game.
Rummel is ranked No. 1 in The New Orleans Advocate’s Large Schools Super 10, with Curtis at No. 3. They are ranked first and fourth in the LSWA’s 5A poll.
The Raiders are also ranked nationally, No. 43 this week by MaxPreps.
Curtis, with its 26 state championships, is one of the nation’s premier programs.
The guys pacing the sidelines and leading the two teams, J.T. Curtis and Jay Roth, have combined for almost 750 victories.
Both teams feature two of the nation’s best players at their respective positions, Curtis offensive lineman Willie Allen and Rummel cornerback Kristian Fulton.
A Rummel victory will clinch a second straight Catholic League title for the Raiders.
A Curtis victory, coupled with a win over Shaw in the regular-season finale, would give the Patriots at least a share of the Catholic League title in the school’s first year in the district.
So yes, there’s plenty at stake in this one, the game of the week (or year).
Here are the other four games that round out this week’s top five list:
5. Thibodaux at Destrehan
Destrehan, sandwiched between Rummel and Curtis in the Super 10 rankings, has run through everyone on its schedule this year.
Every Wildcats victory has been by double digits. Only one team (Slidell in the season opener) has stayed within 20 points of Destrehan.
Friday, they take on a Thibodaux team that has found its groove, winning six straight after an 0-2 start. It’s the regular season finale for Destrehan, which hasn’t lost a regular season game on the field since 2012.
4. Country Day at Riverside
This game lost some of its buzz (well, actually a lot of its buzz) after last Friday.
That’s when Riverside rolled past St. Charles 35-3 and Country Day was blasted by Newman 40-14.
But the Cajuns still have a shot at a share of the district title if they can pull off this shocker.
3. Karr vs. Warren Easton
The Cougars and Eagles play at Pan-Am Stadium on Thursday in a game that very well could decide District 9-4A supremacy. Easton (7-1) is undefeated in district play and is playing perhaps better than anyone in the city. Karr, meanwhile, has reeled off four straight wins after starting the season 0-3. But it’s a tough two-week stretch for the Cougars, who get McDonogh 35 next week.
2. St. Paul’s at Mandeville
The winner of this one will get bragging rights on the north shore Friday night and will also be in the driver’s seat for the 6-5A title.
The No. 6 Wolves (7-1) and No. 7 Skippers (7-1) have put up almost identical numbers. Both have allowed exactly110 points this season. Offensively, the Skippers are averaging 33 points, and the Wolves are slightly better at 37.4 points.
Any other week, Thursday’s Karr vs. Easton game or Friday’s St. Paul’s-Mandeville game would easily top this list.
But this week, they make for a heckuva Thursday and Friday undercard for Saturday’s main event.