John Curtis vs. St. Paul’s Game Preview

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COVINGTON, L.a. (WGNO) -- The St. Paul's Wolves are riding an 8 game win streak. The John Curtis Patriots performed very well their first year in the Catholic League. But, you can throw out the record books because Friday's Division 1 playoff is about who will rise to the challenge.

J.T. Curtis, head football coach for the Patriots, said, "Now it starts all over again. It's a one and done. So we have to bring our A game Friday night".

St. Paul's and John Curtis have already met this year during preseason. But the stakes are much higher Friday.

"They've got a very good football team. A veteran quarterback. It seems like that's all I get to play is veteran quarterbacks," said Curtis.

Wolves' Kenny Sears, the son of Coach Ken Sears, has thrown for 2006 yards this season. Coach Sears said they've been hard to stop because of their balance.

"I think we've had a number of guys step up and we pretty much spread the ball around. So there's one guy you really can't focus on. All of our receiving corp basically has about the same amount of yards, the same amount of touchdowns. Our running game has been a big plus for us this year," said Sears.

The Wolves' defense will have to remain stout and create turnovers. The Patriots rely heavily on running backs Devon Benn and Tyrone Chevalier.

"They play option football. For us, it's about knowing your assignments. You can't be in the wrong place otherwise they are going to come up with a big play. Certainly they can drive it down the field. They are also a big play team," said Sears.

"Defensively, they are quick to the football. They have done a great job of playing contained defense and not giving up a lot of points. So we're going to have to be very consistent on offense," said Curtis.

The Patriots will also look to keep up their consistent record of 19 straight appearances in a state title game.

The winner of this matchup will face the Rummel-Jesuit winner.