The River Ridge (La.) John Curtis Patriots finished with a 10-2 record in 2013 with a 32-0 win over Baton Rouge (La.) University Lab, and claimed another state championship.
Running back Raekwon James helped pave the way for John Curtis in the championship victory, leading the team in rushing with 18 carries for 104 yards and touchdown), scoring with two touchdowns, and total yardage.
There was plenty to be happy about in 2013 for James and the Patriots, and while James was happy for another championship ring, he still felt the pain of John Curtis' two losses. In addition to his championship game performance, James also had a solid season, but he felt he had more to give.
"My goal was to reach 1,000 and I think I got close to it, probably like 958 or something like that. It was alright," James said. "I felt like I let myself down as far as not rushing for 1,000."
James finished the season with 977 yards and 5 touchdowns on 125 carries, and had 5 receptions for 59 yards and another score. He also currently holds an offer from Northern Colorado, and expects to hear from a few other programs in the near future.
"I sent my film to a few schools and I'm waiting to hear back," James said. "I know schools are busy with bowl week and preparing for their bowl games and stuff, so I probably won't hear much until after the national championships and the rest of the bowl games."
In addition to his Northern Colorado offer, James has received word the likes of Nicholls State and McNeese State are interested in his abilities.
As for official visits he plans to take an official visit to Northern Colorado in January. He has not set a solid date for the trip, but he has been in communication with the coaching staff.
"They should be calling me back when I get back to school because I play basketball too so he wants to check the basketball schedule," James said.