With the New Orleans Saints and the LSU Tigers off this week, this is the biggest football game in the state of Louisiana. It’s a battle of two of the most storied programs in the Bayou State, and John Curtis enters as the No. 1 ranked team in the state and Rummel is No. 3.
Biggest game in the nation this week.
— Donovan Kaufman (@SosaKaufman) October 31, 2019
Here’s a look inside the matchup that kicks off at 7 p.m. CT and can be seen on Cox Sports TV (Cox channel 1037 in Louisiana. In other regions, check local listings for channel information).
Rummel has won 16 district championships and captured state titles in 2012 and 2013. The Raiders are locally and nationally recognized each year as one of the premier high school football programs in the country.
Many national observers call John Curtis the best high school program in Louisiana with 25 state championships, nine second-place finishes and 37 district titles.
Adding to the drama is that Friday night’s game is for the District 9-5A championship and there hasn’t been a Week 9 Catholic League game between two undefeated teams since Rummel and Jesuit split a pair of games in 2011 and 2012.
It’s also the hottest ticket in Louisiana with fans of both programs expected to fill Joe Yenni Stadium to capacity. It is the type of scene and big-game environment both programs deserve, and it’s what makes high school football unlike anything else.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
WR KOY MOORE – 6-1/175 SENIOR RUMMEL
Moore is one of the nation’s elite receiver prospects, ranking as one of the top 50 players at his position by almost every recruiting service. Moore turned down more than 15 offers to stay at home and play for the LSU Tigers. He’ll probably project as a slot receiver on the next level and is known for having really good hands and the ability to win one-on-one battles. Moore is averaging almost 40 yards a reception as a senior and will need a big game against a good John Curtis defensive backfield.
🗣My Ball‼️ pic.twitter.com/H6x9y8Pz87
— Koy Moore 🇲🇦 الحمدلله (@asap_koy) May 31, 2019
ATH/RB COREY WREN – 5-9/170 SENIOR JOHN CURTIS
Wren plays running back for John Curtis but is projected on the next level more as an athlete because he can contribute in several different ways. He committed early to Georgia over offers from more than 30 other schools. Wren is also one of the fastest players, not just in Louisiana, but also the entire country. He has been clocked multiple times with 10.4-second 100-meter dash times and is the two-time state Division I indoor 60-meter champion with a personal best time of 6.80 seconds. He’s rushed for 912 yards and 12 touchdowns this season.
DE ANGELO ANDERSON – 6-2/261 SENIOR JOHN CURTIS
Anderson was one of the state’s more heavily courted defensive linemen before picking Tulane over offers from Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas State and others. He was a key player in helping JC win the Louisiana Division I state title as a junior, and he’s racked up big numbers as a senior. Through eight games, he’s already tallied 54 tackles and 16 tackles for a loss.
Check out my highlight – https://t.co/Xf09ncfGQK.
Junior Season 💪🏽💪🏽
— Angelo Anderson (@Angelo48_A1) December 23, 2018
DB DONOVAN KAUFMAN – 5-9/195 SENIOR RUMMEL
Kaufman is heading to the SEC to play for Vanderbilt and was one of the more heavily recruited safety prospects in Louisiana before committing early to the Commodores. Kaufman is a big-time playmaker for Rummel, and he already has a pick-six, a strip and score and a kickoff return for score this season. He’s also blocked a punt and is a terror blitzing quarterbacks in passing situations.
Something is going to have to give. John Curtis has scored more than 50 points in five of eight games with its unstoppable rushing attack, but Rummel has given up a total of 25 points this year. If Curtis can control the clock and keep Rummel’s offense off the field, the Patriots will win this game. To do so, they might have to get a little creative in with its play-action passing game. Both teams are evenly matched on so many levels, making this a hard one to predict.
JOHN CURTIS 38, ARCHBISHOP RUMMEL 35