John Curtis clinched at least a share of its first Catholic League title with a 31-17 win Saturday over Rummel at Joe Yenni Stadium.
Curtis moved to 8-0 overall, including 5-0 in District 9-5A. A win by the Patriots on Thursday over Shaw would give Curtis the outright title in only its second year in the league.
The win also was the first for the Patriots over Rummel. Last year the Raiders defeated Curtis 21-14 in the regular season and 24-10 in the Division I playoffs.
Rummel (6-2 overall, 3-2 in district) faced fourth-and-1 in the fourth quarter while trailing 24-17 when Patriot defender Brandon Davis knocked the ball away from Rummel’s Keirell Jackson, with Cade Comeaux returning the fumble to the Curtis 32.
The Patriots went on a time-consuming, 68-yard drive, ending in a 1-yard touchdown run by Blaine Hebert with 2:26 to seal the 31-17 triumph.
Scoring came quickly for both teams to open the game. An 80-yard run by Curtis running back Marquese Albert on the first play from scrimmage gave the Patriots an early lead before Rummel tied the game on a 94-yard kickoff return by Ja’Marr Chase.
A safety over the head of the Curtis punter into the end zone caused a safety to put the Raiders on top 9-7 at the end of one quarter.
Curtis regained the lead on a 26-yard pass from quarterback Collin Guggenheimer and a 21-yard field goal by Joshua Hartley on the final play of the second quarter gave the Patriots a 17-9 halftime lead.
A muffed punt by the Patriots set up a 3-yard touchdown run by Rummel’s Dwan Trufant and Jackson added a two-point conversion run to tie the game 17-17 with less than six minutes remaining in the third quarter.
Curtis took the lead for good early in the fourth quarter on a 1-yard run by Guggenheimer that was set up by a 68-yard scamper by Darryan Washington.