It’s championship week.
As odd as it may sound, John Curtis isn’t a part of it this year.
But what a run the Patriots had.
The Patriots’ remarkable title-game run came to an end Friday night when it lost 24-10 to Rummel in the Division I semifinals.
You may have read about it on Twitter or Facebook, neither of which even existed when Curtis’ streak of consecutive trips to the championship game began in 1996.
(Yeah kids, there was actually a time when there was no social media.)
None of the current Curtis players were even born the last time Curtis didn’t make it to the championship game.
How long ago was it?
Drew Brees, now in his 15th NFL season in the NFL, was leading Westlake High School in Texas to a perfect season in 1996.
Kobe Bryant, who announced his retirement on Sunday, was a rookie.
Just let it sink in for a moment just how long ago 1995 was when Curtis last didn’t make it to the title game.
That was 10 years BEFORE Katrina.
The No. 1 song that year was Gangsta’s Paradise by Coolio.
I’m sure there are people reading this asking, “Who is Coolio?”
Microsoft released Windows 95 that year, which at the time was a pretty big deal.
The wife of the man in the White House back then is now making a run for president herself.
The list, much like Curtis’ amazing run, just goes on and on.
It was a dominant streak that lasted almost two decades and will likely never be duplicated.
It took one of the nation’s top teams, Rummel, to bring the streak to an end.
The loss came in the Patriots’ first year in the Catholic League, but it’s second season in the Division I playoffs.
Curtis played up (in the playoffs only) last season and reached the title game as well, before losing to Jesuit.
It’ll likely be a bit odd for Curtis fans this Friday night not making the trip to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome to watch their team trying to add another trophy to its large collection (26 and counting).
They won’t be the only ones.
While Curtis always expects to be in the Dome, another local team that many expected to make a return trip to the title game won’t be heading to Poydras Street either.
Destrehan, which lost in the 5A title game last season, was upset by Parkway in the quarterfinals Friday night.
A No. 3 seed, Destrehan was undefeated heading into the game against No. 6 seed Parkway.
And the Wildcats were also playing at home, making the loss even a bit more stunning.
But perhaps the biggest surprise is that Destrehan lost despite racking up a mind-boggling 682 yards of offense.
Not often does a team gain that many yards and find a way to lose, but the Wildcats did, countering their offensive explosion by committing seven turnovers.
So two of the three local teams that made it to the Dome in 2014 are done for the year.
The other, Warren Easton, is still alive and travels to play Neville this week in the 4A semifinals. It’s a rematch of last year’s title game.
In the other 4A semifinals, Karr travels to Franklinton. Imagine how electric the atmosphere in Dome would be for a Karr-Easton matchup.
In 5A, Mandeville heads to the Westbank to play John Ehret.
That game assures the New Orleans area will have at least one team playing in the championship game of the non-select schools next weekend.
This weekend, there are two schools (Rummel and Riverside) playing for select titles.
They will look to keep a streak alive.
Since 2010, at least one local team has won a state title.
Curtis has had a lot to do with that streak, winning three since then.
The Patriots won’t be in the mix this year.
But man that was one heckuva streak.