No. 16 John Curtis (River Ridge, La.) won the first high school football game at Zephyr Field in Metairie, defeating Brother Martin (New Orleans) 26-9 Friday. The game was televised by ESPNU, as part of the GEICO ESPN High School Showcase.
John Curtis did a good job of slowing the Crusaders’ offense. While running back Bruce Swilling-Jordan, a Georgia Tech commit, had nearly 100 yards, he didn’t score a touchdown.
All the Patriots’ touchdowns came on the ground.
John Curtis running back Darryan Washington scored from 2 yards out late in the fourth quarter to put the game out of reach.
Freshman quarterback Collin Guggenheim had a 2-yard run for a second-half touchdown, senior quarterback Blaine Hebert had a 4-yard run for his team’s first touchdown, and running back Marquese Albert had a 53-yard run for a touchdown, his third in two games.
The Patriots took a 6-0 lead on the run by Hebert but the extra-point was blocked by Brother Martin defender Tre Swilling, who will join his brother at Georgia Tech.
On the next series, however, Brother Martin’s Paul Boudreaux was able to recover a muffed kickoff return and though the defense stiffened for John Curtis, the Crusaders got on the board with two minutes to go in the first half on a 16-yard field goal by Sam Walters.
Brother Martin went up 9-6 on a 40-yard pass play from John-Paul Pierce to Eric Lassair with 8:36 to go in the third quarter. The snap on the extra point was high.
The lead was short-lived. On the Patriots’ next play from scrimmage, Albert broke off down the right sideline before cutting back for a touchdown and John Curtis led 12-9. Again, the extra point failed.
The Patriots (4-0) play Jesuit (New Orleans) on Oct. 7. The Crusaders (2-2) play host Saturday to St. Augustine (New Orleans).