"It was very exciting," said Prine Lewis
of winning the Class 2A state title, which was John Curtis' first in three years. "It was my first time to win it. It was good to beat Evangel in the semifinals and being a part of Coach J.T. Curtis' 500th win felt great.
"Coach J.T. and the rest of the coaches teach us to work hard to be the best and succeed."
Lewis was part of a deep secondary that rotated several players such as Richard Allen, Brandon Porter, Terrence Alexander, Jay Cooper, Mattrell McGraw and Hunter Dale.
"We have a lot of good athletes back there," said Lewis (5-9, 170). "We're all hard-working.
"As a freshman, I had a lot of interceptions but I didn't feel like I played to the best of my ability as a sophomore. I'm good in press coverage, although we mostly play cover two or cover three."
Lewis hopes to be recruited by Oregon, Georgia, LSU and Alabama.
John Curtis cappped off a perfect 14-0 season last month by routing Winnfield in the state finals. The Patriots were runners-up to Evangel Christian in both '09 and '10.
John Curtis won a state championship last month and the Patriots could be even better each of the next two years with a talented group of underclassmen that includes sophomore CB Prine Lewis.