Jenkins Does it All

It's the "second season" of Louisiana high school football - playoff time - and there's one school that is always around during the second season: John Curtis Christian. The Patriots have won more football state titles than any other Louisiana program, and the suburban New Orleans school is aiming for its sixth consecutive championship this year.

It's the "second season" of Louisiana high school football - playoff time - and there's one school that is always around during the second season: John Curtis Christian. The Patriots have won more football state titles than any other Louisiana program, and the suburban New Orleans school is aiming for its sixth consecutive championship this year.

Senior QB Bryce Jenkins (5-10, 186 lbs.) directs the Patriots' split-back veer attack.

"We're looking to finish undefeated, and we're feeling good going into the playoffs," Jenkins said recently. Indeed, the Patriots completed an unblemished regular season, going 9-0. Since then, Jenkins and Curtis have reeled off three playoff wins.

Jenkins' football career will end after this season - there's "not much demand for 5-foot-10 quarterbacks," said his father, Robbie Jenkins - but the senior is a surefire college baseball prospect.

"I'm hearing from Southern Miss, Northwestern St., Southeastern, Troy, and Centenary," said the younger Jenkins. "I've visited Southeastern. I like the facilities there. It's nice."

Jenkins, who plans on majoring in Criminal Justice, said that it's a blessing to play football under legendary Curtis head coach J.T. Curtis, Jr.

"It feels good to play for Coach J.T.," Jenkins said. "If you listen to what he says, you're going to be successful."

On the baseball diamond, Jenkins is a slick-fielding infielder and hard-throwing pitcher.

"I play shortstop, third base, and pitcher," said Jenkins, who went 7-1 on the mound last year for the Patriots. "The college coaches project me as a shortstop or second baseman."

Jenkins batted .390 last year with 4 HR and tops out around 85 mph with his fastball. Perhaps most importantly, he has a 3.5 GPA.

Curtis is well-known in football for being a team that relies heavily on the run with its option offense. However, Jenkins has produced some big passing numbers, including over 200 yards through the air vs. St. Charles Catholic earlier this year.

"We're doing more passing this year because teams are stacking the box against us," said Jenkins.

What does the senior signal-caller say about continuing the streak of Curtis state football titles?

"It's a good pressure," said Jenkins, "but you don't want to be the class that lets JCCS down."


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