It’s difficult to identify weakness on the loaded 2012
Curtis (River Ridge, La.)
Led by the legendary J.T. Curtis, the 2011 squad finished a sterling 14-0, demolishing every team it faced in the Class 2A playoffs.Preseason Top 25 high school football early contenders
It returns two capable quarterbacks, a half-dozen running backs and more speed than the small private school that produced Joe McKnight is accustomed to having.
Sophomore quarterback Abby Touzet
filled in for Patrick Morton
, who suffered an injury last season. He led the team down the stretch. In 2012, both return, and Curtis figures to use both in tandem.
The offensive line boasts Anthony Taylor
, Brandon Godfrey
and Mason Kimbo
, all of whom return from a year ago.
, Tevin Horton
, Raekwan James
and Brandon Porter
are just a sampling of players who will likely take handoffs for Curtis. According to assistant coach Jeff Curtis, it’s the most talent the program has accumulated at one position in a long time.
Rivaling the running backs in terms of depth are the team’s linebackers, which feature heavily recruited Duke Riley
as well as Eric Thomas
The secondary features Richard Allen
, Jacolby Cooper
and Terrence Alexander
, all of whom should play at the next level.
The team sustained major losses up front in Torey Bell, Dillon Gordon and Christopher Lorden.Local look:
With over 500 wins and 24 state championships, J.T. Curtis is nowhere finished. Barring significant injuries, it is hard to fathom that anyone in 2A will be able to prevent the Patriots from No. 25. - Ken Trahan, President, SportsNola.com