PLAY OF THE GAME: On the eighth play of its opening drive, Curtis Baptist junior Christian Reid scored on a four-yard quarterback keeper. Reid’s touchdown, with 4:37 remaining in the first quarter, helped propel the Crusaders to its first region title in school history.
STAR OF THE GAME: Reid. The Crusaders quarterback rushed for 91 yards and two TD’s, while also throwing for 76 yards and a score. Thanks in large part to the play of Reid, Curtis Baptist has won seven-consecutive games, with their last defeat coming on Sept. 6.
WHY CURTIS BAPTIST WON: Despite the sloppy conditions, Curtis Baptist rushed for 313 total yards and a pair of scores. In all, the Crusaders had four backs – Trey Reid, Christian Reid, Duvelle McClendon and Shawn Brown – rush for at least 50 yards.
WHY THOMAS JEFFERSON LOST: It struggled to move the ball in the opening half, gaining only 36 total yards during the first 24 minutes of regulation.
QUOTABLE: “I couldn’t be more proud of our kids,” Curtis Baptist head coach Nathan Duffie said. “During my first year as an assistant, Thomas Jefferson beat us 83-7; the past two years, they’ve outscored us 101-0. So to be able to finally beat them, especially with the region title at stake, means so much to our program.”
NEXT: Nov. 8 • Curtis Baptist (8-2) at Dawson Street Christian. Thomas Jefferson (6-5) at Bethlehem Christian.