'14 John Curtis RB Named MVP

Sophomore RB Raekwon James scored John Curtis' first two touchdowns in his team's 33-3 win over Winnfield in Saturday's Louisiana Class 2A state championship.

John Curtis Christian and Winnfield kicked off at an early hour on Saturday morning (11:00 A.M.) and for those who weren't fully awake, it didn't take long before Raekwon James summoned their full attention.

James ran for 65 yards on six carries, caught two passes for 42 yards, and returned two punts for a total of 42 yards. He accounted for Curtis' first touchdown on a 45-yard jaunt and added the Patriots' second TD on a 42-yard reception from freshman QB Abby Touzet.

"I had never scored in the Superdome," said James, who played on the surface earlier in the year vs. Westgate. "When I scored, it felt good and I wanted more. Then I scored the second touchdown and still wanted more. I got greedy.

"The year started good for me. I wasn't getting many touchdowns but I was still getting yards. In the middle of the season, I started scoring more. I had to pick it up in the playoffs because I wasn't making plays. I stepped it up in the state championship."

James is a versatile back with good hands.

"I can catch," he said. "I've had vision since I was younger. I know the game and know how to make my cuts. I vision things before the game even starts. That's what Coach J.T. (Curtis) talks about: Mental preparation.

"You have to go out and execute after that."

James, with nearly 800 yards, ranked third on the team in rushing behind juniors Sherman Badie and Tevin Horton. The Pats have a well-stocked backfield and additional underclassmen who would all be the feature back at many prep programs.

"We had to get used to it," said James of splitting carries. "We're all unselfish, though. We know we're all good running backs who must do our part. It's no problem and we block for each other with no problem.

"To win a state championship, we knew we would have to be unselfish."

Curtis is expected to among the top teams in the nation over the next two years. The Patriots are uncommonly deep at running back, linebacker and defensive back.

James will keep busy over the next few months with basketball.

"I started practice today," he said. "We're ranked No. 3 among small schools (in the metro New Orleans area). We're under Newman (in the rankings) but we beat them without the football players."

WR Chi Dupre, TE Dillon Gordon (LSU commit) and DB Prine Lewis are football players who excel on the basketball court, according to James.


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