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John Curtis defeated Rummel, 34-20, in this week's Online Game of the Week
John Curtis defeated Rummel, 34-20, in this week's Online Game of the Week

Patriots Outlast Raiders to Advance to Semis
Collin Guggenheim posts three total touchdowns to lead the Patriots to victory

David Kahn
WWL Radio

Posted Fri, 18 Nov 2016 21:50:16 CT

NEW ORLEANS, LA - Freshman quarterback Collin Guggenheim led the John Curtis Christian Patriots (10-0) to a 34-20 quarterfinals victory tonight against the Archbishop Rummel Raiders (7-4), finding the end zone once through the air and twice on the ground. The Patriots have advanced to the semi-finals once again, where they will play Evangel Christian for a right to go to the Superdome.

Early on, it looked like Archbishop Rummel was the more prepared team, as Andre Danove started things off on the right foot for the Raiders, picking off quarterback Blaine Hebert and running it back for a touchdown to give Rummel an early 6-0 lead after the extra point attempt was blocked.

John Curtis responded right away though, as Guggenheim broke off his first of two big runs, putting the Patriots inside the five-yard line. He later cashed it in from the one, giving Curtis a 7-6 lead.

The Raiders continued to answer the bell in a high-scoring first quarter, putting together a methodical drive that was capped off by Keirell Jackson pounding it in from eight yards out to retake the lead.

The Patriots began to mount a second quarter comeback, as Josh Hartley nailed a 28-yard field goal and Rummel’s special teams made a careless error, snapping a ball over the head of their punter, Connor Perret, and out the back of the end zone for a safety to make it 13-12 Rummel. Unfortunately for the Patriots, Hartley had his 32-yard field goal tipped as the half expired, and the Raiders held a 13-12 halftime lead.

The teams traded scores in the third quarter, as Guggenheim hooked up with Tyrone Legette for a 14-yard touchdown pass and Jackson walked in his second touchdown run of the night to keep Rummel ahead by a point, 20-19.

From there, however, the Patriots took over for good. Guggenheim sprinted for a 43-yard touchdown run, hitting Glenn Beal for the two-point conversion that effectively sealed the game. Once Curtis got ahead, they ran their basic offense, and it worked out perfectly, as Marquese Albert finally broke free for 79 yards to nail the dagger in Rummel’s coffin.

John Curtis continued to assert its second half dominance against teams this season, as their defense tightened to allow just seven points to Rummel after the Raiders posted a 13-point first quarter. It all started with Andres Seymour’s interception to end Rummel’s opening second half drive that set up Legette’s touchdown, and the Patriots continued to stymie the Raiders from there.

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