Tonight it's a battle of Division 1 Titans: John Curtis, with 26 state titles; and Jesuit, with seven. For the Patriots, though, this title could be a little different than most.
For the first time in John Curtis football history, the Patriots will be contending for a title in the highest classification. The Patriots have a much smaller enrollment than most schools in the Catholic League, but on the field they're equals. Jesuit is a dominant name in the city, but when it comes to football, no one is bigger than John Curtis.
According to J.T. Curtis, the hype has been building since preseason.
"It's been going on," he said. "This hasn't been a last couple of days deal. Everywhere I go I hear people talking about it. And my response was the same as it always has been. It doesn't make any difference what happens in December, only what you do on Friday night. Now it's all culminated with what happens Friday night. It's an honor to be playing for a state championship, and it's an honor to be playing a team like Jesuit with a great tradition. I played Jesuit in high school, so I know a little bit about their tradition."
Tonight's game is supposed to start at 8:30 p.m., but may start closer to 9 or 9:30 because other games are going long.