If you all have not noticed, sports is a big part of the Shock Exchange’s family. The Shock Exchange spent Saturday in Washington DC watching St. John’s College High School take on Good Counsel. The Shock Exchange was eager to see his nephew, Kendell Sims, make his mark during his final year with St. John’s. The cadets have rapidly turned itself into one of the top football programs in the Washington DC/Metropolitan area, as well as the entire country. Last week they beat perennial powerhouse, Dematha – yes, the Washington Football Team Chase Young’s Dematha – 14-7. Saturday St John’s shut Good Counsel’s water off – yes, the Buffalo Bills Stefon Digg’s Good Counsel – 34-21 to remain undefeated.
St. John’s running back Jamar Curtis, was the headliner, scoring two touchdowns:
The data can’t quite explain how the St. John’s football team continues win close games, but the reason has to do with what Jamar Curtis told his teammates at the end of the third quarter Saturday in Washington. To that point, Good Counsel had prioritized slowing down Curtis, limiting him to 11 carries for 34 yards as his team trailed by a touchdown.
But entering the fourth quarter, “Jamar asked us to keep the ball in his hands,” St. John’s Coach Pat Ward said, and Curtis scored two touchdowns in the final 12 minutes to lead the top-ranked Cadets through another heavyweight fight, 34-21, over the Falcons.
However, the game was much closer than the final score dictated. The game was tied 21-21 halfway through the fourth quarter. Jamar Curtis reeled off a 74-yard run with 5:48 remaining, to put the cadets up by a touchdown. On Good Counsel’s very next play from scrimmage Kendell stepped in front of pass intended for the wide wide receiver across the middle, and returned it for a touchdown. The Shock Exchange was doing the Griddy Dance in the stands … Kendell’s cat-like reflexes belied his 6’1″, 220 pound frame. Here is what the announcers had to say about Kendell’s big moment:
I just don’t think Frankie Weaver ever saw him … It’s just one of those things as a quarterback, you know where you want to go with the ball and a guy comes out of somewhere. He just didn’t see him. … He (Kendell) is so quick. He had a great game against Dematha – yes, The Washington Football Team Chase Young’s Dematha – and that senior jumps out there and makes a great play for his team … The kid’s been a stud.
In turning Good Counsel’s water off for good, Kendell may have caught himself a scholarship in the process. Next week St. John’s plays Gonzaga – yes, the Oklahoma Sooners Caleb Willams’ Gonzaga – which could keep St. John’s undefeated. All eyes will be on the cadets as they look to cut Gonzaga’s TV off (in the middle of a pandemic) and move up MaxPreps national ranking.