Mike Curtius, Mater Dei High School quarterback and fall replacement for the Todd Marinovich show, passed for 250 yards and 2 touchdowns to help Mater Dei to a 21-6 victory over Santa Ana Valley Thursday in front of 2,800 in Santa Ana Stadium.
Curtius, a 6-foot 2-inch, 175-pound senior, completed 19 of 25 passes, including a 51-yard scoring play to Jim O'Brien in the first quarter and a 22-yard touchdown pass to Robby Smith in the second. If Curtius keeps this up--he was 10 of 19 for 114 yards and a touchdown in Mater Dei's opener against Fountain Valley--the days of post- wunderkind depression at Mater Dei will be numbered.
Curtius is starting because Marinovich, who threw for 1,877 yards last season as a sophomore, transferred to Capistrano Valley. Marinovich's decision had Mater Dei Coach Chuck Gallo lamenting the two years they had devoted to him.
"We lost a lot of magic when Todd left," he said during summer workouts.
But any sadness felt by Gallo was definitely not shared by Curtius. A year older than Marinovich and the No. 2 quarterback last season, Curtius figured he'd finish out his career at Mater Dei with a clipboard in his hands.