The John Curtis Christian Patriots scored three early touchdowns on their way to a 36-13 win over Shaw on Thursday at Zephyr Field to capture their first-ever Catholic League title.
One year after joining District 9-5A, the Patriots claimed the Catholic League title by going undefeated on the season, including 6-0 in district play and 9-0 overall. Shaw ended the regular season 1-9, including 0-6 in district.
The Patriots won in typical Curtis fashion. Curtis amassed 314 yards of total offense, including 234 on the ground. Donell Jones led the way with 83 yards and a touchdown on eight rushing attempts. The Patriots put the ball in the air only a few times, with quarterback Collin Guggenheim hitting on all six of his pass attempts for 60 yards and a touchdown.
Curtis held Shaw to 72 yards of total offense, including only 16 rushing.
The Patriots jumped on top only seconds into the game on a 57-yard run by Darryan Washington for a 7-0 lead.
A 4-yard run by Guggenheim a little more than two minutes later made it 14-0.
Jones’ 36-yard run gave the Patriots a 21-0 lead after one quarter.
Joshua Hartley field goals of 40 and 32 yards extended Curtis halftime lead to 27-0.
A 14-yard touchdown pass from Guggenheim to Tyrone Legette provided the only scoring of the third quarter as the Patriots built a commanding 34-0 lead.
Shaw’s only scores in the game came in the fourth quarter.
A 10-yard run by Rayon McGrew got Shaw on the scoreboard and the Eagles added a second touchdown on a 55-yard fumble return by Kolby Scuulthorpe to make it 34-13.
A safety accounted for the 36-13 final.