Devon Benn felt at home Friday night in Behrman Stadium.
In a way, he was.
The John Curtis senior running back lives right around the corner from the stadium on Odeon Avenue near the stadium and gave his family members a show Friday night against Landry-Walker.
Benn rushed for 181 yards and scored three touchdowns as No. 4 Curtis trampled No. 2 Landry-Walker 41-20 in the season opener.
“My O-line gave me everything,” Benn said. “I came out here and did it for my mom. She is going through some health issues now, and I’m doing it for her.”
Deon Benn watched as her son torched the Charging Buccaneers for 181 yards on 21 carries, scoring on runs of 93 and 2 yards. He also had an electrifying 85-yard punt return for a touchdown.
“What can you say?” Patriots coach J.T. Curtis said. “He did it all. He ran the football with great authority and had special team plays that were amazing. To tell you what type of condition he is, he didn’t have one cramp.”
Benn has had much success against teams in his neighborhood. He rushed for a career-high 246 yards last season against Karr.
It was career victory No. 541 for Curtis, who began the season as the winningest active coach in the country.
He continued his dominance in Algiers as well.
Before the merger of L.B. Landry and O. Perry Walker in 2013, John Curtis had dominated both schools.
The Patriots held an 18-1 record against the two schools (6-0 vs. Landry and 12-1 vs. O. Perry Walker) before Friday night.
The only loss was a 20-0 setback to OPW in 2001. They haven’t been shut out since.
There was no chance of that happening Friday night, thanks to a dominant performance up front from Willie Allen, Joseph Guillie, Jacob Heath, Kyle Burns, Jake Charpentier and Corey Seiser.
“I thought the way they played up front was the difference,” Curtis said. “But really we expect that of them. They are good players. I was pleased with them and the way (quarterback) Brock (Hebert) handled the offense.”
Benn jump-started Curtis to a 7-0 lead, taking the pitch from Brock Hebert and sprinting 93 yards for a touchdown. It came moments after the Patriots stopped Landry-Walker when the Charging Buccaneers had driven to the Curtis 16-yard line. Curtis defensive back Taj Bickham intercepted a Keytaon Thompson pass on fourth-and-4.
But Landry-Walker answered Benn’s touchdown on its next possession.
Thompson scrambled and connected with Tevin Bush for a 44-yard touchdown pass to make it 7-6.
Curtis responded, putting together a methodical 13-play, 74-yard drive that milked six minutes off the clock. Hebert capped the drive with a 3-yard run to give Curtis a 14-6 lead with 5:34 left in the second quarter.
Benn stretched the lead to 21-6 with his highlight reel, 85-yard punt return.
“They gave me great blocking, and I made the play I had to make,” said Benn, who rushed for a team-high 1,014 yards as a junior.
Landry-Walker scored right before halftime to close the gap to 21-12 on Malik Arnold’s 5-yard run. Bush helped set up the touchdown with a 62-yard kickoff return.
But Curtis started the second half with a 12-play scoring 73-yard drive to stretch the lead.
Tyrone Chavalier and Hebert scored two more touchdowns in the half to close out the scoring for Curtis.
“We have to execute better in all three phases of the game,” said Thompson. “We just didn’t execute. We have to stay focused throughout the game.”
Thompson, rated the No. 2 dual threat quarterback in the Class of 2017, completed 15 of 31 passes for 247 yards. He also rushed for 60 yards.
Curtis, meanwhile, didn’t have any passing yards (0 for 2), but rushed for 346 yards.
“This is how we wanted to come into the season,” Curtis said.
Landry-Walker will play rival Karr on Friday, while Curtis plays Shades Valley (Ala.) in Shreveport.