Jones, John Curtis win opener

John Curtis Christian went on the road Thursday night and prevailed in a thrilling game at Mandeville. PonyStampede.com spoke with Curtis senior Seth Jones just after the close contest concluded. Find out what he had to say here.

"It went kinda good," said a happy and relieved Seth Jones after his John Curtis Christian squad edged Mandeville by one point (21-20) tonight at Mandeville. "We made some mistakes that we have to correct, but we played hard and came out with the win.

"I did alright, but the way that I'm supposed to play - is not even close to how I played tonight. I'm not satisfied, but this game is out of my head now. Tomorrow and Saturday, we have practice and we'll start looking at our next opponent, Gainesville (Fl.), on film tomorrow. I don't know much about Gainesville yet, other than they're a zone-blocking team on offense."

Curtis took an early lead over Mandeville, but the Skippers tied it up 14-all by halftime. In the second half, the visiting Patriots moved ahead, 21-14, and pivotal defensive plays by Curtis junior DT Marcel Andry and Zachary Henderson sealed the deal.

"Mandeville scored to make it 21-20," explained Jones, "and on the extra point, they faked the field goal and tried to complete a pass for the two-point conversion -- but it was tipped and we picked it off."

Jones had kind words for Mandeville's offensive line.

"Their center (Chris Dragna) is a big kid who is really good," he said. "We went after it a few times tonight. I played inside linebacker and defense end, so I went against all of their linemen at some point. I had six tackles and two sacks."

Jones said that he plans to tune in to the SMU/Texas Tech game when he gets home from church services on Sunday.


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