Remember back before the season started when everyone was talking about how cool it would be to see two New Orleans teams battling it out in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome for the Division I state title?
That was right after John Curtis decided to move up in classification and compete with the big boys.
We had it all figured out: Curtis vs. Rummel.
Now, here we are 10 days away from the title game and one thing is certain: It indeed will be an all-New Orleans matchup.
But which teams will it be?
Brother Martin and Jesuit have also made it to the semifinals, making it an all-504 affair this weekend.
Collectively, the teams boast a 40-5 record. Three of those five losses were games played against each other. The only ones other than that were Jesuit’s season-opening loss to Ponchatoula and Curtis’ loss to St. Augustine. “What a great way for the semifinals to turn out,” Rummel coach Jay Roth said. “Four New Orleans teams. You couldn’t ask for better football. It’s quality football.”
With it being a holiday weekend, a Final Four Friday doubleheader at Gormley could’ve been epic.
Instead, we’ll have to settle for it being spread out over two days.
Brother Martin and Curtis will play Friday night at Tad Gormley.
Rummel and Jesuit will play Saturday at 6 p.m. at Gormley.
For Curtis and Rummel, this is expected. The two teams entered the playoffs as the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds, respectively, in Division I.
Both teams have been ranked nationally this season. Rummel still is, holding down the No. 10 spot in USA Today’s Super 10. The Raiders, riding a 17-game winning streak, are seeking their third straight state title after winning 5A in 2012 and the inaugural Division I crown last season.
Curtis’ run has been even more remarkable. Well, unbelievable is probably a better word for it.
The Patriots have played in the championship game EVERY year going back to 1996. To put that in perspective, there are players on the roster who weren’t even born yet.
Even more impressive, the Patriots are 34-1 when they make it to the semifinals. So when they make it this far, they usually get to the Dome.
Brother Martin gets a chance to stop that mind-boggling run Friday night.
The Crusaders have been one of the area’s most surprising teams, crashing the semifinals party by going to Baton Rouge and beating Catholic Friday night. In fact, of the four teams remaining, there hasn’t been a more impressive team during the first two weeks of the playoffs than Brother Martin. The Crusaders looked darn near invincible in a rout of Shaw in the first round, then stuffed a 2-point conversion by one of the nation’s top running backs Friday night with no time left to make their way to the semis.
“Our kids could have folded, but they didn’t,” Brother Martin coach Mark Bonis said after the win.
After slowing down perhaps the state’s top back in Derrius Guice, now the Crusaders have to try to slow down what has year in and year out been one of the top rushing teams around.
Jesuit, meanwhile, has to do the same as it tries to beat a Rummel team that attempted just two passes in Saturday’s win over Teurlings Catholic.
For the Blue Jays, it’s a chance at redemption after losing to Rummel 10-7 in a slugfest just four weeks ago.
Winners go to the Dome. Losers go home.
Perhaps Curtis coach J.T. Curtis summed it up best when talking about the rest of the Division I playoffs.
“It’s going to be a heckuva ride,” he said.
Indeed it is.