John Curtis has appeared in the state championship game 19 times in a row. They've won 26 state titles overall, but the road to 20 straight could be a bumpy one. The Patriots face 9-1 St. Paul's tonight in their first playoff game of 2015.
“That's the way this select thing came about, and that's the reason I find it so unfair to the kids and the team that are participating in the select Division I playoffs,” Coach J.T. Curtis said. “We have to play really good football teams. It's really a tremendous challenge. You don't get an opportunity to warm up to this, you're thrown into this.”
The Wolves are red-hot on the back end of their season. Eight game winning streak, undefeated in district play, but they feel the past is in the past.
“We just take one game at a time,” said Coach Ken Sears. “We focus on the things we need to work on, things we need to get better on week in and week out. We count them up at the end. We've been fortunate we've had a great run.”
This is Curtis' first year playing in Division I district football, but the Wolves are well-versed in what the Patriots do.
“Certainly it's a great opportunity for us and our program,” Sears said. “John Curtis is an outstanding program, well-coached obviously, great tradition. The kids are familiar with them, we scrimmage them early on. At that point in the season it's really too early to tell, but it's a good gauge of what we need to work on early, and our kids are excited about seeing them again.”
In that scrimmage in August between the Wolves and the Patriots it was very evenly matched. St. Paul's Kenny Sears threw a touchdown pass and John Curtis' Brock Hebert had a touchdown run.
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