NEW ORLEANS — John Curtis and Holy Cross’ first meeting on the gridiron in a quarter-century yielded the same results as the two previous meetings.
Curtis scored four unanswered touchdowns to post a 35-14 victory over Holy Cross in a District 9-5A game Friday night at Tad Gormley Stadium.
The Patriots (6-1, 3-1) improved to 3-0 all-time against Holy Cross and won their third consecutive Catholic League contest heading into their much-anticipated showdown with Rummel on Halloween afternoon.
Senior running back Tyrone Chevalier anchored the Curtis backfield with 174 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries. That includes his first run of the game, which went for 66 yards.
Curtis, ranked fourth in Class 5A, followed that same script of ground-and-pound throughout the night.
CROWLEY 34, WASHINGTON-MARION 7: The Crowley High School football team continued its unbeaten streak Friday night with a sloppy but convincing win over Washington-Marion.
The Gents (8-0, 3-0 District 3-4A), ranked No. 2 in Class 4A, committed 11 penalties for 125 yards — but that didn’t keep them from striking early and often while tempering the Charging Indians’ strong ground game.
Senior running back Ty’Von Griffin set the tempo early for the Crowley offense, earning the first three scores of the contest, lifting the Gents to a 21-0 lead midway through the second quarter. Griffin finished the game leading the Gents on the ground with 25 carries for 151 yards and three touchdowns in his best performance since the start of district play.
EUNICE 37, CHURCH POINT 6: When the Church Point Bears held the ball more than seven minutes and scored on their opening drive to take a six-point lead Friday night in this matchup of top-10 teams in Class 3A, Eunice offensive coordinator Andre Vige said it was cause for concern.
Eunice quickly answered with a 14-yard touchdown from Nick Powell to take a one-point lead. The Bobcats never relinquished momentum and allowed no more points in a 31-point win.
Eunice (7-1, 3-0 District 5-3A), the No. 7-ranked team in Class 3A, caused and interception and two fumbles — including a fumble on the ensuing kickoff following the Bobcats’ first touchdown.
Fifth-ranked Church Point (6-2, 2-1) managed 165 yards of offense.
Vige said the Bobcats dedicated the game to head coach Paul Trosclair, who was hospitalized with a blood clot in his leg and did not coach Friday.
RIVERSIDE 35, ST. CHARLES 3: Riverside Academy football fans have waited a long time for a night like Friday.
It had been 14 years since the Rebels were able to celebrate a win against their crosstown, archrival, St. Charles Catholic, in a real (non-jamboree) football game.
So excuse them if they celebrated just a little longer following their blowout victory — a win which not only ended the long drought against their rivals, but also gave the Rebels (6-1, 3-0) — ranked No. 4 in Class 2A — sole possession of first place in the District 12-2A race.
Riverside got a strong outing from Jared Butler, who passed for 187 yards and ran for three more. Seventh-ranked St. Charles (6-2, 2-1) was held to 115 yards of offense.