Patriots dominated Catholic High

When the head coach has won almost 600 games and 26 state championships, to say that any single win in program history might be one of the best ever is, well, a lot.

But, the score and the domination was hard to ignore.

In the Division I championship, John Curtis routed Catholic High of Baton Rouge 49-7. John Curtis not only avenged last year’s loss to the Bears in the state finals, but they also did it with an exclamation point, underlined 10 times.

Catholic probably wasn’t as talented as they were a year ago, but they were still good enough to beat Zachary, 24-14, in the regular season. Zachary, by the way, won its third 5A championship in four seasons, 27-24, Saturday night over West Monroe.

In Bears vs. Patriots, several numbers stick out. One was 437 rushing yards. When you rush for 437 on anyone, that is good, but when you do it against the defending champs, that is extra special.

One drive epitomized the domination by Curtis.

The Patriots got the football on their own 18-yard line in the third quarter, then ran the ball 17 consecutive times to score: 17 runs, zero passes.

What’s scary is most of the guys doing the running will be coming back next year. Most outstanding player, quarterback Collin Guggenheim, and running backs Choncee Crum, Shane Goins and Corey Wren are all juniors.

The Patriots also return several outstanding players on defense, including defensive lineman Angelo Anderson, who spent his Saturday afternoon in the Superdome in the Catholic High backfield.

The 2018 Patriots were special, all season. Their only close game was in Shreveport in the Battle on the Border, a 21-14 win over Bishop Lynch of Texas. Bishop Lynch lost to Bishop Dunne, 13-9, in the Texas private school Division I championship.

The Patriots rolled through District 9-5A, winning six games by a combined score of 243-83. Curtis also defeated 4A finalist Warren Easton, 38-20.

So, as victories go, a rout of Catholic in the Allstate Sugar Bowl Prep Classic was likely the best Curtis performance in its 36 trips to the championship.

There’s something refreshing about watching that, especially in the era of fast-break football, where defense is an afterthought.

There’s a chance next season there will be a sequel. It will take an awfully good football team playing some of its best football to defeat these champions.

Ed Daniels is sports director of ABC26 WGNO. He can be reached at edaniels@clarionherald.org.

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