NEW ORLEANS – John Curtis returned to the top of the prep football mountain Saturday night as the Patriots blanked Brother Martin, 23-0, to win its 28th state football championship contest.
The state title is Curtis’ first since the 2018 season as it finished the season with a 12-2 record. Saturday’s loss dropped Brother Martin to 9-6 overall in its first appearance in the Prep Classic since 1989.
Saturday’s shutout was just the third in the top classification and/or division in the history of the state championship contests as Ruston shutout Neville, 8-0, in 1982 while West Monroe blanked Rummel, 30-0, in 2009.
Dagan Bruno rushef for 67 yards and a touchdown while completing six passes for 109 yards and a touchdown to earn Most Outstanding Player honors for John Curtis. Kaheam Smith and Michael Turner also scored touchdowns for the Patriots who led with 14 first downs and 278 total yards. Curtis dominated time of possession with over 30 minutes of offense on the ground.
Jaden Weber was named the Most Outstanding Player for Brother Martin after totaling 12 tackles in the game while Torey Lambert led offensively with 61 yards on the ground. The Crusaders
HOW IT HAPPENED
• 3:13 – JOHN CURTIS | Dagan Bruno found Michael Turner in the endzone on a 38-yard touchdown pass to help the Patriots gain an early 6-0 lead.
• 2:41 – JOHN CURTIS | Dagan Bruno made it a 13-0 ballgame in favor of the Patriots following a 1-yard touchdown to cap a 16 play, 99-yard drive.
• 1:01 – JOHN CURTIS | Kaheam Smith’s 29-yard scamper past the Crusader defense increased the lead to three scores.
• 6:45 – JOHN CURTIS | Alphonso Jayden sailed a 29-yard field goal through the uprights to bring the Patriots to a 23-0 lead.