On a night where football was played on a baseball field, Patriots junior running back Marquese Albert turned out to be the “diamond in the rough” helping John Curtis to a 26-9 win over Brother Martin in front of over 10,000 fans at the first football game at Zephyr Field.
Albert rushed for 166 yards on 18 carries including a 54-yard touchdown in the third quarter that gave the Patriots a lead they would not relinquish.
Albert’s heroics came just moments after Brother Martin took its only lead of the night when John Paul Pierce connected with Erick Lassair for a 40-yard touchdown pass to make it a 9-6 game.
Following Albert’s touchdown, ball control was the theme for Curtis. Collin Guggenheim and Darryan Washington added fourth quarter touchdowns as the Patriots improved to 4-0 overall, 1-0 in Catholic League action. The Crusaders fall to 2-2 overall, 0-1 in the Catholic League.
“We didn’t execute the way we needed to offensively,” said Brother Martin coach Mark Bonis. “We put our defense in a bind. (Our) defense was on the field way too long but you got to give credit to Curtis, they came out there and they played better than us tonight. We just got to get better.”
The Patriots defense had an excellent game, holding Georgia Tech commit Bruce Jordan-Swilling to 103 yards on 27 carries.
As for playing football at a baseball stadium?
“I thought it was exactly what it was going to be,” said J.T. Curtis. “Fans are right on top of you, I think it’s an exciting venue, a great place for high school football. I don’t thing you can ask for much more.”