By SHAUN SCOTT
Panic never entered into the minds of the Curtis Vikings football team, despite trailing Emerald Ridge early in the second quarter.
Curtis turned the ball over twice and saw the Jaguars take 7-0 with early in the second quarter.
The Vikings didn’t trail for long. Curtis scored 27 unanswered points in the final eight minutes of the second quarter, taking a commanding 27-7 lead at halftime. Curtis continued its dominance in the second half, cruising to a 51-20 victory on Friday night at Sparks Stadium in Puyallup.
Curtis running back E.J. Deveaux was an unstoppable force and finished with four rushing touchdowns and one receiving touchdown.
“We were just going to pound them on the ground. We practiced hard this week,” Deveaux said. “We were ready for them.”
Deveaux said his team refused to get rattled after committing two turnovers early on which resulted in the Jaguars gaining an early lead.
“I think we just came out a little flat but we just kept our heads up and kept playing through it,” Deveaux said. “We didn’t look past them. Every team is the same. We got to play everybody with the same level of play.”
Curtis head coach Clay Angle wasn’t surprised Emerald Ridge started off the game strong.
“When you play Emerald Ridge you know they’re going to be a very emotional team early on. We made some mistakes and they played hard and made some good things happen for them. We didn’t come out the way we would have liked but we rallied and got our composure back,” Angle said. “We finished the first half well and played well in the second half. We’re pleased with what happened tonight.”
Angle called Deveaux’s number all night long in the running and passing game offensively.
“E.J. (Deveaux) has been big for us all year. He’s been a quality back and receiver for us,” Angle said. “We try to get him the ball in space and let him create. He has just had a tremendous year. We’re going to try to get him the ball as much as we can.”