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John Curtis vs. Springfield Preview

No. 1 John Curtis Christian (12-0) intends to extend its winning streak to 27 against fourth-seeded Springfield (12-1) in a Class 2A semifinal...

NO. 4 SPRINGFIELD (12-1) AT NO. 1 JOHN CURTIS CHRISTIAN (12-0)

Curtis defeated No. 25 Riverside Academy last week, 62-10. The Patriots have scored a minimum of 50 points in each of the last six outings while yielding a grand total of only 16.

Seniors Sherman Badie (Tulane commit) and Tevin Horton (ULM commit) have combined for almost 1,300 rushing yards and 26 TDs. Junior RBs Raekwon James and George Moreira are responsible for 600-plus yards and 15 TDs. Sophomore Myles Washington is averaging six yards a pop.

Senior QB Patrick Morton has completed 64% of his passes for 1,390 yards and 18 touchdowns (zero interceptions). Sophomore QB Abby Touzet (6-2, 220) started last year's title game and had a hand in two TDs.

Malachi Dupre (6-3, 185) has 32 catches for 731 yards and 14 TDs. He's a four-star prospect ranked third in the nation among 2014 wide receivers.

Badie is averaging 32-plus yards per reception. Henry Smith (6-1, 180, JR) and senior Amonte Brown get plenty of reps. Brown is only 5-7 and 160 pounds, but he's a fierce blocker.

The offensive line features Tulane commit Brandon Godfrey (6-4, 280, SR) and Anthony Taylor (6-7, 335, SR). Taylor holds an offer from McNeese State.

The Patriots' back seven on defense are dominant, even without the services of Tulane MLB commit Eric Thomas (injury). Senior linebacker Duke Riley tops the charts in tackles, and junior Kenny Young has elevated his game with Thomas forced to the sideline.

Senior defensive lineman Cyle Cortez (6-2, 265) is active and perhaps underrated. Southeastern Louisiana has offered Cortez and could be close to offering OLB/DE Fred Beauford (6-2, 225, SR).

The DBs (19 interceptions) are outrageously good.

Curtis rotates several in the secondary such as Tulane commit Richard Allen, Terrence Alexander (BCS offers), Hunter Dale (BCS offers), Mattrell McGraw (BCS potential), Jacolby Cooper (3 picks) Prine Lewis and San Diego State commit Brandon Porter.

Alexander, a junior cornerback, has offers from Stanford, Vanderbilt, Ole Miss, Tulane, Tennessee and Cincinnati.

Dale (2015 safety) leads with four interceptions. McGraw, Allen and Cooper have three picks apiece. Allen (4.38 speed) is averaging 32-plus yards per punt return.

Springfield senior QB Shaquille Smith (5-11, 185) drew praise from Many head coach Jess Curtis prior to last week's quarterfinal.

Smith does a splendid job of running the option, according to Coach Curtis. The 5-foot-11, 185-pounder has over 1,000 yards on the ground. He played on the star-studded Louisiana Bootleggers Elite 7v7 team earlier this year.

Springfield amassed 303 yards of total offense in the 34-28 win over Many. Smith (pictured below) scored on a one-yard plunge and Gharmaine Ashton (22-159) rushed for a pair of TDs, according to Lyons Yellin of nola.com.

Kimanae Claiborne's four-yard end-around capped Springfield's scoring vs. Many. Sophomore Tank Carter is a 300-pound OL/DL with a big-time future.

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