John Curtis and Holy Cross’ first meeting on the gridiron in a quarter-century yielded the same results as the two games prior.
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 included his first run of the game, which went for 66 yards and sent a message for his team.
“We had to click first,” Chevalier said. “We had to throw the first punch. That’s what we did. My offensive line did a heck of a job blocking.”
Curtis, ranked fourth in Class 5A by the LSWA and fourth among large schools in The New Orleans Advocate Super 10, followed that same script of ground and pound throughout the night.
The Patriots struck twice in the first six minutes and raced out to a 28-0 advantage. In the process, they churned out 287 of their 297 total yards rushing, including four rushing touchdowns.
Equally as impressive was Curtis’ rush defense, which limited Holy Cross and Arizona State running back commitment Tre Turner to 43 yards on the ground and one TD.
“Brandon Davis had a pick-six to seal the game off and we had a few injuries here and there, but I couldn’t be more proud of my guys,” Chevalier said.
The Tigers (4-4, 2-3) have dropped three consecutive games in district play against Rummel, Brother Martin and Curtis, all of which are ahead of Holy Cross in the 9-5A standings.
Holy Cross was held scoreless for the first 23 minutes before freshman quarterback Chandler Fields found Bret Carter for a 9-yard touchdown with 42 seconds remaining in the first half.
Kenneth Carradine’s 39-yard fumble recovery for a score cut Holy Cross’ deficit to 14 midway through the third quarter, but the offense failed to put a dent in the scoreboard over the final two quarters.
Fields finished 14-of-25 for 136 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions. Carter hauled in a game-high seven catches for 75 yards.
While Holy Cross coach Eric Rebaudo wasn’t particularly pleased with the turnovers (four) or penalties (7 for 55 yards), he was encouraged his team was still competing late.
“I thought we played sloppy and turned the ball over too many times,” he said. “Every time we had the chance to do something, we played undisciplined football, and you can’t do that against Curtis otherwise you’re going to pay the price.
“The positives were that our guys played hard the whole game didn’t give up. To be in that game in the fourth quarter, down 14 with the ball, we had a chance to do something, but didn’t finish the deal.”