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Two Saints Victorious at Allstate Sugar Bowl Prep Showcase
Saturday, September 14, 2013
St. Thomas Aquinas High School, from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., upended Louisiana powerhouse John Curtis, from River Ridge, 27-13, in the nightcap of the third annual Allstate Sugar Bowl Prep Football Showcase at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Friday night. The opening game of the event also featured a victorious Saint as St. Paul's of Covington, La., booted a last-second field goal to foil the upset bid of New Orleans' Jesuit High School, 24-21.
Final Stats: St. Paul's 24, Jesuit 21
Final Stats: St. Thomas Aquinas 27, John Curtis 13
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Sugar Bowl Football (includes Prep Showcase history)
St. Paul's, making its third appearance in the Prep Showcase, continued its pattern of thrilling games in the event. With the score tied at 21, the Wolves' Grant Hebert connected on a 33-yard field goal to win the game with no time on the clock. Hebert had missed from 38 yards seconds before, but had a second chance after a Jesuit defender was penalized for running into the kicker.
In 2011, the Wolves topped Acadiana of Lafayette, 15-14, on a touchdown pass with 42 seconds to go; and last year, they lost 14-13 after Lincoln High from Tallahasse, Fla., returned a fourth-quarter interception for a touchdown.
In Friday's nightcap, top-10 national teams Curtis and St. Thomas Aquinas faced off, but it was the visiting Raiders who prevailed, using their superior experience and forcing two turnovers to control the outcome. St. Thomas Aquinas jumped to a 24-0 lead before the Patriots mounted a rally, but time ran out on the Patriots.
The top performers in the opening game were likely St. Paul's quarterback Ryan O'Krepki and receiver Mitreon Brumfield. O'Krepki completed 23-of-31 passes for 283 yards and a pair of scores, while Brumfield had 10 catches for 220 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Jesuit quarterback Trey LaForge was also impressive, hitting on 21-of-33 attempts for 345 yards. Defensively, the Wolves had standout efforts from multiple players, including Jase Stubbs, who had a game-high nine tackles and an interception, and Nick Blaise, who picked off two passes.
St. Thomas Aquinas was led by running back Madre London, who has at least 18 Division I scholarship offers, who rushed for 101 yards and two touchdowns, including a back-breaking 61-yard score in the third-quarter. Quarterback Wade Freebeck, who has signed with Pittsburgh, completed 12-of-20 passes for 155 yards and a touchdown. Sophomore defensive lineman Nick Bosa, who has multiple D1 offers already, had seven tackles and three sacks.
Curtis was led by Raekwon James, who rushed for 82 yards, and quarterback Abby Touzet, who passed for 108 yards. Defensively, senior linebacker Kenny Young, who has offers from a host of D1 schools, including LSU, set a Showcase record with 13 tackles.