The North Webster Knights have been one of the surprise teams this season in the LHSAA.
Under first-year head coach John Ware, the Knights ended the regular season with a 6-4 record and then upset Kinder, 14-13, in the first round of the Class 2A playoffs.
The Knights will have to pull off an even bigger upset tonight if they want to continue their run in the playoffs as they host the top seeded John Curtis Patriots.
John Curtis seems headed to their 25th State Championship in head coach John Curtis' 43 years. They come into tonight's game with an 11-0 record, including last week's 63-0 first round win over Pope John Paul II High School and have out-scored their last four opponents, 218-0.
The Patriots average 47.5 points per game this season, and are led by a number of senior offensive players. Quarterback Patrick Morton has completed 52 of 83 passes for 1,011 yards and 13 touchdowns. His top target is fellow senior Malachi Dupre with 26 catches for 491 yards and 10 touchdowns.
But the strength of the Patriots' offense is its running game. John Curtis has four running backs with at least 250 yards rushing, led by senior Sherman Badie. Badie leads the team with 574 yards on just 48 carries. He has scored 11 touchdowns and is a power runner with unexpected speed. Tevin Horton adds 471 yards and nine touchdowns on 43 carries.
In Curtis' first-round playoff game last week against Pope John Paul II, Badie had two touchdown runs of longer than 50 yards. Horton had one for 41 yards.
The Patriots are just as tough on defense. John Curtis has shut out six opponents this season and have only allowed a total of 31 points all year.
Senior linebackers Duke Riley (81 tackles) and Eric Thomas (70 tackles and six sacks) lead the defense along with defensive tackle Cyle Cortez (63 tackles five sacks).
Knights' quarterback J.O. Smith leads North Webster with 1,141 yards and 15 touchdowns. Freshman running back Devin White has come on in the second half of the season and now has 765 yards and nine touchdowns on the year.
Game time is 7 p.m.