John Curtis Christian/Tampa Plant reaction II

John Curtis Christian vaulted from No. 21 to No. 6 in this network's national rankings this week after soundly handling a Tampa Plant team that was highly-ranked and Florida's defending 8A state champ. John Curtis prospects Duke Riley (16 tackles), Brandon Porter (San Diego St. commit) and Tevin Horton (ULM offer) talk inside about the big win.

Duke Riley, the highest-ranked prospect on the John Curtis roster, led the team in tackles during both his junior and sophomore seasons, and the 6-1, 215-pound linebacker didn't disappoint Friday vs. Plant at the Superdome in a 33-3 Curtis win.

"It was a real good experience," Riley said. "We played as hard as we can so we can show the nation why we're the No. 1 team and not the No. 6 or No. 2 team.

"On defense, we wanted all 11 people on their one person with the football. Our defensive linemen, Spencer Lemoine and Cyle Cortez...our whole front was getting to the quarterback fast. We had a lot of sacks and a lot of tackles for loss. (Strong safety) Brandon Porter did real good; so did (inside linebacker) Eric Thomas and (RB) Sherman Badie. Richard Allen (DB/return specialist) had a great game."

On Saturday Riley visited LSU and enjoyed the experience.

"That was my first LSU game in I don't know how long," Riley said. "It was a good atmosphere. I got to go into the locker room with the players: with Odell Beckham, (former teammate) Dillon Gordon and Sam Montgomery.

"Coach Frank (Wilson) and Coach (John) Chavis said they were glad I came. They want to see me at another game and want me to come earlier."

This weekend, Riley plans to visit Ole Miss with teammates Terrence Alexander (junior CB), Malachi Dupre (junior WR) and Raekwon James (junior RB).

BRANDON PORTER: "It was hyped for the game. Everyone was talking about it. This was a big game on our schedule and we wanted to come out and play hard. We wanted to make a statement."

Porter, a San Diego State commitment, knocked Plant's QB out of the game with a punishing hit on a blind-side blitz.

"I wasn't intentionally trying to hurt him," Porter said. "He dropped back, I rushed and it just happened.

"We executed well. It was a well-deserved win. Duke Riley, Eric Thomas, (OLB/DE) Fred Beauford and Richard Allen all stood out. And Sherman (three rushing TDs), of course, along with the (offensive) line and all the backs."

Porter ended the night with seven stops, a PBU, a sack and the aforementioned "hurry."

Tevin Horton: (pictured below) "It feels good (to win). We were underrated and weren't the favorite team (Plant was No. 13 and Curtis was No. 21 entering the game). We had trained real hard. We were prepared and felt like we would come in and win. Sherman and Brandon impressed me. I've never seen Brandon come up like that."

Horton says the Curtis staff is being proactive when it comes to keeping the team humble and hungry.

"Our coaches don't want us to look at the Internet and believe everything we read about us being good, because once you think you got it, you won't do your best," he said.

Horton (5-9 1/2, 205, SR) has one offer: from the ULM Warhawks, and he talked about ULM's shocking upset of Arkansas.

"That really surprised me," he said. "I didn't know ULM was capable of that much. I got a text from a friend about it (when the Warhawks mounted a second half comeback) and it got me fired up."

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