Final John Curtis Reaction

John Curtis Christian Patriots sound off about winning the national championship in this fourth and final segment...

The future is bright at John Curtis Christian School with underclassmen such as Hunter Dale.

"It feels great to win a national championship for Curtis," said Dale, a sophomore safety who holds BCS offers. "It was great playing for my coaches, with my teammates and reaching a great milestone with everybody - and for everybody that supported us."

Dale's classmate, Abby Touzet, will take over the starting job at quarterback next year. Touzet was the starter during much of his frosh year after Patrick Morton was injured.

"It's a great feeling knowing that out of all the high school football teams in the nation we're the best," Touzet said. "This is the first team I've been on - and I've been playing ball since I was five - that was never challenged the whole year with a close game.

"I'm going to miss all our seniors on and off the field and next year we may not be the number one team in the nation, but we will be the number one team on the field every week. The next season for me has already started and anything less than two more state championships will be unacceptable."

Curtis probably threw the ball more than ever in 2012 and while the Patriots will continue to rely first and foremost on the veer option, it's nice to have receivers like Henry Smith and Malachi Dupre (both 2014) to keep defenses honest.

"We had a great season with the offense moving the ball very well and very quickly," Smith said. "And the defense shut down opposing offenses every week which gave our offense a chance to make big plays.

"Winning a national championship is the best feeling I've ever had since the state championship. Many people don't understand it wasn't the state game that made us national champs - it was the whole season and those spring days where we put in work."

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