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September 13, 2013
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THE OUTLOOK -- If you're looking for stars, this game's got them. One Rivals 5-star, three 4-stars and too many three-stars to name them all.
St. Thomas lost twice last year - early - and bounced back to run the table and capture the 7A state crown in Florida - including an impressive 35-18 win over then-number-one Manatee. The Raiders have fared well when traveling out of state - it's the in-state games that tend to trip them up.
Meanwhile, John Curtis has been a juggernaut. Rolling over team after team - taking on all comers. The Patriots are gifted with the nation's number one WR in Rivals100 - Presented by UnderArmour in Malachi Dupre. He'll be a serious test for the Raider secondary, led by DB Al Harris Jr.
On the flip side, the Raiders have Notre Dame commit Corey Holmes at wideout and Holmes is ready to shine. He'll be a test for DB Terrance Alexander.
In the middle is Kenny Young. The Rivals four-star LB has 24 offers and leads the Patriot defense.
Ranking-wise, a loss by either team puts them with their backs to the wall in the mythical National Championship race. St. Thomas Aquinas enters ranked 9th in the Rivals100 while John Curtis is 11th.
Since taking over for legendary coach George Smith, Raider coach Rocco Casullo has done one thing very well - get his football team ready for a big game. He'll be tested Friday in the New Orleans Superdome.
Dallas Jackson - Prediction: -his game matches two of the most recognized names in high school football and has the hype to match. With St. Thomas Aquinas being ranked No. 9 and John Curtis at No. 11 we expect a closely contested game. In one of the few times recently, Aquinas may actually have fewer prospects on the field in this contests. I think the difference may be in what Aquinas has on defense and that - in my opinion - will be what separates the two. I think the game will be a battle with Aquinas scoring and winning late, 20-17.