- Joel Rodgers
Shreveport, La — When John Curtis comes to town, so does a tradition of winning.
This past weekend national ranked John Curtis Christian, led by J.T. Curtis, came to Shreveport’s Battle on the Border and knocked off Westlake (Atlanta) 55-27. The Patriots rushed for a Battle on the Border record 444 yards. Running back (and University of Georgia commit) Corey Wren had a total of 209 yards and two rushing touchdowns. He also caught a TD pass from Army commit Collin Guggenheim.
With 584 wins, Head Coach John T. Curtis ranks second all-time in wins among high school football coaches. He is in his 51st season at the helm of the football program. He has 27 State Championships in his career. He is a legend. And the legend continues to grow.
Over the summer, his grandson (Jeffery Curtis) was on the Little League team from River Ridge who won the Little League World Series. (Eastbank Little League defeated Curacao 8-0 in South Williamsport, Pa)
The legendary 72-year old Curtis talked about the joy of seeing his grandson’s team win the LLWS. Shared a story about his wife singing the National Anthem, and talked about winning.
The video also has interviews with both Corey Wren and Collin Guggenheim.
Corey Wren is considered the fastest high school player in the state of Louisiana, with a 10.4 100 meters and 4.31 40-yard dash. And Guggenheim, dual-threat quarterback, and natural born leader.
John Curtis is ranked 16th in the country by USA Today, and will continue to climb the poles, as long as the winning continues. Which we’re talking about John Curtis, so it probably will.
All-Time Coaching Wins
No. 1 John McKissick (South Carolina) 621-156-13
No. 2 *J.T. Curtis – John Curtis HS (Louisiana) 584-64-6
No. 3 *Mike Smith – Hampton HS (Virginia) 488-92-2
No. 4 Larry Campbell (Georgia) 477-85-3
No. 5 (tie) *Robert Hyland – St. Mary’s Springs (Wisconsin) 466-105-2
At his current pace of nearly twelve wins per season, Curtis would catch John McKissick, who tops the list with 621 wins, during the 2021 or 2022 season.